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Microsoft partners with LE CAMP incubator & accelerator to help grow innovative startups in Quebec

Microsoft invests more than $1 million in cash, product and business services to help Quebec startups thrive.

The 12th Québec City Healthcare Industry Forum - Innovation and Health Network in the Big Data and Artifical Intelligence Era: Impacts on the Creation of Value

The next Québec City Healthcare Industry Forum will be held on December 5 and 6, 2018, at the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury. Presented by Québec International, in collaboration with BIOQuébec, Génome Québec, Innovative Medicines Canada, and Norton Rose Fulbright, the Québec City Healthcare Industry Forum is the biggest annual forum on innovation in life sciences and health technologies in the province.

Prestigious Recognitions for Québec International in Economic Development

President and CEO of Québec International (QI) Carl Viel is pleased to announce that the Agency has been recognized for economic development on the global stage in recent weeks. Indeed, QI has marked 2018 with exceptional achievements dedicated to the promotion of the region and the growth of key sectors.


Québec International President and CEO Carl Viel and Artisan Studios Co-Founder and CEO Mario Rizzo are proud to welcome representatives from Japanese publisher Idea Factory in Québec. The delegation includes Damien Urvois, department head for business development, and Naoki Mizuno, producer and head of the Neptunia series at Compile Heart, a wholly-owned development subsidiary of Idea Factory.

Grand finale of CATAPULTE's 4th edition: $100,000 in prizes for Sweet Bandits Studios

Last week, Carl Viel, President and CEO of Québec International; Dali Berthiaume, president of the Arts numériques et divertissement interactif (ANDI) niche of excellence; Martine Dufresne, Director of Market Development at La Caisse Desjardins de Québec and Patrick Klaus, Managing Director of Ubisoft Québec City, crowned Sweet Bandits Studios the winners of CATAPULTE’s 4th edition for their project, Deceive Inc.

New partnership - LE CAMP and Ubisoft join forces

Carl Viel, president and CEO of Québec International, is proud to announce a partnership between technology incubator-accelerator LE CAMP and Ubisoft. This partnership was confirmed today in the presence of Quebec premier Philippe Couillard, as part of the provincial government’s economic mission to France. This partnership, which is dedicated to the mentoring of technology startups, will also help to strengthen the France-Quebec relationship through exchanges of knowledge and expertise between LE CAMP and Ubisoft, a world leader in the video game industry.

Québec International Celebrates Federal Funding of Artifical Intelligence-driven Superclusters

Québec International is celebrating the announcement today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, that the Government of Canada is funding an AI-driven supply chain supercluster.

Conjoncture 2018: CEOs in the Greater Québec City Area are Optimistic and Continuing to Expand

Québec International has released the results of its 8th annual Conjoncture survey (Conjoncture 2018), a business confidence survey of CEOs in the greater Québec City area. The survey, which was conducted by Léger from January 8–19 and questioned 175 business leaders in the area, indicated that it’s all systems go when it comes to 2018’s economic prospects.

Launch of CATAPULTE's 4th edition: Nearly $100,000 offered for video game development and marketing

Today, during a meeting at Frima Studio between Québec City area independent video game studios and industry leaders, program partners launched the 2018 edition of CATAPULTE. The highly successful and teamwork-oriented initiative has fuelled the growth of the video game industry and the Québec City area’s economy.

Montréal International and Québec International join forces to boost foreign direct investments in life sciences and health technologies

Montréal International and Québec International have joined forces to promote Québec’s advantages and its Life Sciences and Health Technologies (LSHT) industry to foreign investors around the world. With Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Québec and Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, in attendance, a new video highlighting the appeal of the sector was launched before 150 partners and key players from the LSHT ecosystem.

Economic News

The Québec City CMA Records an Unemployment Rate of 3.8% in November

In November, the unemployment rate in the region was 3.8%, a slight decrease compared to October (3.9%). For the third consecutive month, the region has had the second lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

The Québec City CMA Records the Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

The region regains the first rank for the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, going down from 3.9% in July to 3.7% in August. The Québec City CMA registered 453,900 jobs in August, a loss of 2,900 compared to the previous month.

The Québec City CMA Records an Unemployment Rate of 3.9% in July

In July 2018, the Québec City CMA recorded 456,800 jobs, a loss of 3,400 compared to the previous month. The contraction in the pool of workers explains, in part, the loss of employment in the region affecting mostly part-time jobs


The region counted 460,200 jobs in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 2,800 jobs compared to the first three months of the year. Despite a downturn in employment in June, the Québec City area did very well in the beginning of the year. A total of 8,000 jobs were created in the first semester of 2018, a contrast with the job losses observed over the first six months of 2016 and 2017. As for the unemployment rate, it remained low, at 3.8%, a slight rise compared to the 3.6% registered in the first quarter of 2018. This increase is linked to the growth of the labour force. Regarding unemployment, the region still managed to maintain the 2nd rank in Canada, behind Peterborough (2.7%).

May: The Québec City CMA Records a Gain of 2,300 Jobs and an Unemployment Rate of 3.9%

From April to May, 2,300 jobs were created in the Québec City CMA, reaching a new high of 463,000 jobs. The excellent start witnessed at the beginning of the year continues in the area, with May marking the 10th consecutive month with growth in the employment sector

The Québec City CMA Records a 1,400 Jobs Increase and an Unemployment Rate of 3.2% in February

In February, the Québec City CMA recorded a 1,400 jobs increase, reaching a new high of 453,600 jobs. The vigorous labour market was reflected by the unemployment rate, which reached a new historical low of 3.2%, a 0.1 percentage point diminution compared to January.

Québec City CMA: Non-Residential Investment Ups 11.3% in 2017

The construction of non-residential buildings generated $912.6M in investments in the Québec City CMA in 2017, representing an 11.3% increase compared to 2016. Québec City recorded the second highest growth among the eight main Canadian metropolitan areas, just after Winnipeg (+18.4%).

2017 Economic Report: The Québec City CMA Creates 4,300 Jobs and Records a Historical Unemployment Rate of 4.2%

According to the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate reached a historical low of 4.2% in the Québec City CMA in 2017, compared to 4.6% in 2016. Concurrently, the number of jobs has reached a peak of 442,800, thanks to the creation of 4,300 jobs in 2017 compared to 2016.

Real GDP grows 2.7% in Q3 of 2017 in the Québec City CMA

The Québec City CMA recorded a real GDP of $34.8 billion in the third quarter of 2017, a 2.7% growth compared to the same period in 2016. Following the 2.8% growth recorded in the second quarter, this is the first time since 2010 that the CMA was able to record a growth above 2% for two consecutive quarters.

Québec City CMA: GDP Grows 2.4% in the First Semester of 2017

According to The Conference Board of Canada, the real GDP grew 2.4% in the Québec City CMA during the first semester of 2017, reaching $35.1 billion.


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