Québec City has its future well in hand. Its economic development strategy sets forth a cohesive vision and gets all decision-makers and the entrepreneurial community on the same page. The key is to attract projects and promote the city by focusing on innovation and creativity. The strategy serves as the starting point for projects and actions that all converge on a single goal: making Québec City a hotbed of innovation and tech culture an ambitious, environmentally friendly, lively, and attractive powerhouse.
Québec City, with its population of 540,000, is the core of a metropolitan area of 800,000 residents. Its relatively small size doesn’t stop it from playing in the big leagues: it’s the 2nd-largest economic hub in the province and 8th in Canada. As capital city of its namesake province, Québec City is a centre for strategic decision making. Cooperation between economic players and stakeholders has fostered a can-do spirit conducive to big, ambitious projects.
Knowledge is flourishing all over town. In fact, Québec City boasts one of the highest concentrations of research and technology transfer centres in Canada. Technological innovations come thick and fast, the economy is thriving, and jobs are abundant.
Québec City’s French-language culture, love of festivities, historic walls and ramparts, and European-flavoured urban fabric interwoven with green space are a magnet for international tourism. The city’s many signature attractions help it draw close to 4.7 million annual visitors. More than 10% of Québec City visitors travel here on business. Every year, Québec City hosts trade shows and conferences of every description. It’s also home to popular world-class events like the Winter Carnival and Summer Festival. The local travel industry has raised hospitality to the level of an art form.
Québec City’s unflagging enthusiasm for creativity is part of what makes it an ideal setting for film and television production. Of course the beautiful natural surroundings, characteristic architecture, and highly qualified workforce are also part of what draws numerous productions to be shot in the area every year. These include films like Rooster Doodle-Doo (2014), He Shoots, He Scores (2010), Taking Lives (2004), and Catch Me If You Can (2002).