Press release

Québec Aerospace Innovation Zone: A New Collaborative Aerospace and Mobility Innovation Centre in Saint-Laurent

Published May 21, 2024 - 11:53 am

Saint-Laurent  and Excellence industrielle Saint-Laurent are delighted with the Zone d’innovation aérospatiale du Québec (Québec aerospace innovation zone) announced today in the presence of Québec Premier Francois Legault; Pierre Fitzgibbon, Québec Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy, and François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. 

The cornerstone of this zone will be a new collaborative aerospace and mobility innovation centre—the Centre collaboratif et d’innovation en aérospatiale et en mobilité (CCIAM)—located in the Saint-Laurent Technoparc.

With a robust research ecosystem rooted in a history of successful collaborations close to the airport, combined with the upcoming launch of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in 2025, Saint-Laurent represents a strategic location to meet the industry's challenges. We are proud to welcome the Centre collaboratif et d'innovation en aérospatiale et en mobilité, which will become the gateway to aerospace and mobility in Canada, making Saint-Laurent a true hub for the world's aerospace industry.

The Centre collaboratif et d'innovation en aérospatiale et en mobilité is set to be a key player with a multi-dimensional impact. From an economic standpoint, it will create and support nearly 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, boosting the local economy and stimulating demand for local goods and services. It will bring together talent, ideas and resources in a strategic location and outstanding surroundings. Its reputation, projects, developments and achievements will be a magnet for talent. Through its unique positioning and by bringing together major stakeholders in the aerospace and mobility sector, it will help increase and accelerate the development of innovative solutions for the decarbonization of the sector.


This world-class centre will be dedicated to collaborative university-industry research and will offer a wide range of services designed to stimulate innovation and foster economic growth. It will also contribute to the decarbonization and autonomy of the aerospace sector.

The CCIAM aims to attract researchers, students, industrialists and entrepreneurs who share the ambition of becoming the global hub for collaborative innovation in sustainable aerospace and advanced mobility.

It will include a computing centre, a super-computer for digital aerospace and an innovation expertise office.

Housed under a single 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq. ft.) roof, it will also feature bays designed to accommodate large-scale experimental equipment, technical platforms, a drone aviary, secure storage space and 400 office spaces. It will also have conference and training rooms as well as activity and living spaces.

Since 2021, Excellence Industrielle Saint-Laurent has been piloting an advisory committee made up of Bombardier, CAE, CMC Electronics, Thales, Bell Flight, Ara Solution, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Polytechnique Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University, the Fonds immobilier FTQ, the borough of Saint-Laurent and Ville de Montréal.

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Announcement of the new collaborative aerospace and mobility innovation centre (CCIAM) which will be located in the Saint-Laurent Technoparc