Regional Expertises

Defense and Security

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Thanks to the innovative capacity, flexibility and rapid adaptation of our region’s suppliers, the defence and security sector occupies an important place in the manufacturing industry of the Haut-Richelieu.

Competitive advantages

  • Presence of an international integrator and many principals in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
  • Presence of the Saint-Jean Garrison and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean: $200 million in spinoffs per year.
  • 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.
  • Specific skills in the manufacture of high-performance, value-added composite material parts and assemblies to specifications (built to print) for high-technology sectors.

Presence of a civil security & defence ecosystem in the Haut-Richelieu region: InnoSecur

The Ecosystem in Security and Innovation, InnoSecur, is dedicated to the economic development of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the region. To do so, it creates the conditions for innovation and the production of advanced systems and equipment. InnoSecur’s vision is to propel the Haut-Richelieu ecosystem to make it a world reference in terms of the safety of communities, people and property.

“Growth through improved security of communities, people, goods and cyber data.”


“Growth through improved security of communities, people, goods and cyber data.”

InnoSecur's objectives

  • Stimulate innovation and the development of local businesses.
  • Facilitate the establishment of 4.0 businesses and encourage the transformation and transition of local businesses’ activities to the 4.0 economy.
  • Encourage the start-up of new technology and digital companies 4.0 (start-ups), including independent entrepreneurs.
  • Attract and facilitate the establishment of new businesses in the Haut-Richelieu region.
  • Create jobs, particularly in the field of high technology.
  • Facilitate the hiring of employees necessary for business growth.
  • Link training to the needs of companies.
  • Contribute to the development of the region.
  • Acquire international recognition.
  • Encourage the implementation by various business partners of incubation and acceleration programs for innovative companies.

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Networking opportunities

More than twenty companies working in the industry and related sectors:

  • Manufacture and refurbishment of armoured vehicles;
  • Technical textile for ballistics;
  • Uniforms;
  • Products from R&D;
  • 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 creditsup 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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  • 1800 manufacturing jobs in more than 20 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.

28% of jobs in the Canadian defence industry are in Quebec

  • Ammunition;
  • Airborne sensors, fire control and countermeasures;
  • Aircraft simulation systems.

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 – DEP
  • Welding-mounting – ASP
  • 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

Universités à proximité

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

Royal Military College of Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean)

  • Natural sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC)

  • Department of Applied Military Science
  • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Defence Studies
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • English Department
  • Department of French Language, Literature and Culture
  • History Department
  • Management Department
  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Military Psychology and Leadership
  • Department of Physics and Space Science
  • Department of Political Science and Economics

Quebec Security and Defence Portal


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