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A new tool for promoting the Quebec City region’s competitive advantages to foreign investors

Quebec International recently unveiled a new edition of Investing in the Quebec City Region, a promotional brochure designed to promote the region’s competitive advantages to foreign investors. Showcasing the region’s most appealing features, the brochure seeks to convince investors that Quebec City is the ideal place to set up and grow a company.

“Attracting foreign investment is a highly competitive global endeavour, and the Quebec City region has to promote itself in this regard. This brochure demonstrates that our region boasts an outstanding business environment. Its robust, diversified and innovative economy, highly skilled workers, state-of-the-art research facilities and high-quality infrastructure all contribute to our region’s attractiveness. More than just a publication, this brochure is a sincere invitation to take part in our region’s economic success,” said Carl Viel, President and CEO of Quebec International.

10 reasons to invest here

The brochure sets out 10 reasons to invest in the Quebec City region and analyzes a series of relevant indicators and statistical data. The region is compared to at least 10 metropolitan regions in Canada, the US and Europe. Investors will discover that Quebec City offers:

1- A safe environment for investing and doing business.
2- Strategic access to the US and European markets.
3- A solid high-performance economy.
4- Industrial diversity in various high-growth-potential sectors.
5- An ideal innovation platform for R&D.
6- A specialized and well-educated workforce.
7- Generous tax incentives and low operating costs.
8- World-class infrastructure.
9- Unbeatable quality of life.
10- Outstanding outreach and assistance network.

The brochure was produced in association with Deloitte which contributed to the research and helped conduct a rigorous analysis of the data on operating costs, tax matters, R&D, workforce characteristics and living costs. “For investors, these are all essential factors that play a key role in decisions on where to do business. People quickly come to the conclusion that the Quebec City region offers undeniable advantages when it comes to meeting foreign investors’ requirements,” said Mr. Gilles Cossette, a Deloitte Partner, Market Leader, Quebec Region.

Quebec City: soaring in the rankings

Here are some recent rankings indicating Quebec City region’s attractiveness in comparison with a sample of similarly-sized metropolitan regions:

  • Ranked #1 in North America for employment growth (2008-2011).
  • Ranked #1 in North America for low overall business operating costs.
  • Ranked #1 in North America and Europe for its low cost of living.
  • Ranked #2 in North America for GDP growth (2008-2011).
  • Ranked #2 in North America and Europe for its industrial diversity index.
  • Ranked #2 in North America and Europe for R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP.

The production of this brochure was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Quebec and the Quebec City Regional Conference of Elected Officials (CRECN). The brochure is available online at

English version: Invest in the Quebec City Region

French version: Investir dans la région de Québec

About Quebec International

Quebec International contributes to the economic development of the Quebec City metropolitan region and enhances its international status. As a regional economic development agency, Quebec International fosters business growth, supports key sectors and attracts talent and investment.