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Quebec Business

Quebec business ventures enjoy a large francophone population, a strategic position within North America, an abundance of natural resources, hydroelectric power at relatively low production costs, a highly skilled workforce, and an innovative and dynamic R&D environment. Quebec’s strategic proximity to the U.S. market is one of the main benefits of doing business in the province. Within a 1000 km radius you can find many vibrant cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Detroit, and Washington, giving you immediate access to approximately 130 million consumers. The abundance of natural resources also gives Quebec an advantageous position on the world market. Quebec stands out particularly in mining (gold, iron, copper, zinc, titanium, asbestos, silver, magnesium, nickel, and others), forestry (significant resources in its coniferous forests), and inexpensive hydroelectric energy (world's largest producer of hydroelectricity). Quebec is also renowned for its talented and stable workforce, with a high average term of employment. With one of the highest densities of high-tech employees in North America (in sectors like software development, IT, multimedia, aerospace, and life sciences), Quebec is able to attract some of the most highly creative, technology-driven businesses on the globe. The province also gives favorable tax treatment to corporate R&D expenditures, and supports numerous private and public research centers. In fact, the percentage spent on R&D is the highest in Canada and higher than the averages for OECD and G7 countries.

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  • population (2006): 7,546,131
  • population (2011): 8,004,000
  • median age: 41.9 years
  • official language: French
  • area: 1,542,056 km² (595,391 miles²)
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