Regional Expertises

Transportation and Logistics

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Located near the American and Montreal lines, the Haut-Richelieu is a freight transportation hub with a high concentration of companies in this sector.

Competitive advantages

  • Many road and urban transporters.
  • Research and expertise centres within a 40 km radius.
  • 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.
  • 3 rail networks – CN, CPR and CMQ
  • Know-how in the production of plate, lithium ion, tubular, railway, mining and commercial batteries.
  • Specific skills in the manufacture of high-performance, value-added composite material parts and assemblies for the rail transport industry on a built to print basis.

Presence of complete and efficient infrastructure

  • Two international airports serve the Montreal area (Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau and Mirabel).
  • The Port of Montreal, which is 40 minutes from our region, is a leader in container transportation. It is the shortest route between North America and Europe.
  • An integrated road network places us between Greater Montreal and the major economic centres of North America.
  • An integrated rail network (CN, CPR and CMQ) links us to Greater Montreal and the entire railway network in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Networking opportunities

More than thirty companies working in industry and related sectors:

  • Tank trucks
  • Utility trucks
  • Armoured trucks
  • Trailers
  • Batteries
  • Bodywork
  • Composites
  • 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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  • 1500 manufacturing jobs in more than 30 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.

Specialized training programs

Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières - Vocational training

  • Industrial design – DEP
  • Automotive mechanics – DEP
  • Truck trailer mechanics – AEP
  • Light vehicle mechanics – DEP
  • High pressure welding – ASP
  • Welding-mounting – DEP
  • Machining technology – DEP
  • Truck transport – DEP

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

  • Mechanical engineering techniques – DEC
  • Computer technology – DEC
  • Transport logistics techniques – DEC
  • Freight distribution in road transport – AEC
  • 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

Specialised organizations

Pôle d'excellence québécois en transport terrestre

The Pôle has a solid expertise in international markets and collaborative innovation. Through its commitment to support transport equipment manufacturers in the marketing of their products, the Pôle offers:

  • international activities;
  • export and innovation opportunities;
  • funding for collaborative innovation projects;
  • economic missions outside Québec.


IVÉO is an organization dedicated to the experimentation in real environment of new technologies in the field of intelligent and sustainable transport in the context of small and medium-sized cities.

IVÉO facilitates the implementation of pilot projects by promoting networking and collaboration between companies offering new mobility solutions and the needs of cities and their territorial partners.