Regional Expertises

Aeronautics and Aerospace

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The Haut-Richelieu region has the necessary advantages to support the growth of the aeronautics sector. The expertise and capabilities deployed by subcontractors in this sector ensure that Haut-Richelieu has a leading position in this field.

Competitive advantages

  • Presence of an integrator in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
  • Ease of supply and subcontracting due to the pool of manufacturers and suppliers within an operational radius.
  • Industrial land with all services available at competitive prices.
  • Located 20 minutes from Montreal, outside of congestion areas.
  • Several world leaders in nearby aerospace (Greater Montreal): Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Bombardier, CAE Inc., Pratt & Whitney Canada.
  • Access to an airport with a control tower.
  • Specific skills in the manufacture of high-performance, value-added composite material parts and assemblies for the aeronautical transport industry, based on built to print specifications.

Presence of the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Regional Airport (CYJN)

  • Three runways, one of which is marked out of 1,219 m.
  • Control tower operated by NAV Canada.
  • Presence of an FBO (airport aeronautical services operator).
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • Industrial land and hangars available on the airport site at competitive prices.
  • Outside the control zone of Montreal P-E.-T. Airport.

Presence of the Centre technologique et industriel du Haut-Richelieu

  • 3,700 m² industrial incubator located on the airport site offering hangars as well as manufacturing and office space for rent.
  • The Mechatron Centre, specialized in mechatronics, offers a wide range of services and permanent support, more particularly for any technological and innovation project.

Presence of Exo Drone Montérégie, a centre of dronatic competence, on the airport site.

Visit the Exo Drone website

Networking opportunities

More than twenty companies working in industry and related sectors:

  • Manufacture of composite materials;
  • Manufacture of technical textiles;
  • Precision machining;
  • And others.

Companies in this sector

Investment incentives

  • Investment tax credit program of the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
  • Local Investment Fund (FLI).
  • R&D tax credits up to 15% in the case of the federal government and 17.5% (refundable) in the case of the
  • Government of Quebec.
  • Other financial incentives.

Visit the Financial Incentives page

Research and development

Expertise available nearby (Greater Montreal):

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  • 800 manufacturing jobs in more than 25 companies in 2018.
  • Several industries, in diversified related sectors, providing access to a skilled, stable and competitive workforce.
  • Access to a large pool of labour from the Montérégie and Greater Montreal regions.

The aerospace sector is a real engine of growth and wealth creation for all of Quebec with 40,700 well-paying jobs in some 193 companies and annual sales of $14.4 billion.

Specialized training programs

Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières - Vocational training

  • Industrial design – DEP
  • Light vehicle mechanics – DEP
  • Operations on numerically controlled machine tools – AEP
  • High pressure welding – ASP
  • Welding-mounting – DEP
  • Semi-automatic welding GMAW and FCAW – AEP
  • Machining techniques – DEP

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

  • Mechatronics – AEC
  • Mechanical engineering techniques – DEC
  • Computer technology – DEC
  • Transport logistics techniques – DEC
  • Electronics technology – DEC
  • Computer technology – DEC
  • Training available for companies

Universities in the vicinity

  • École de technologie supérieure – Réseau de l’Université du Québec
  • École polytechnique de Montréal – Université de Montréal
  • McGill University
  • Concordia University
  • University of Sherbrooke

Presence of an aerospace cluster in Quebec

Aero Montreal

As a NexDev partner, Aéro Montréal’s mission is to mobilize Québec’s aerospace cluster to support its growth and influence on the world stage. Aéro Montréal is a strategic consultation forum that brings together all the chief executives of the Québec aerospace sector from industry, educational institutions, research centres, associations and unions.