Canada is one the leading G-7 Nations and the second largest country in the world with a population of approximately 30 million people. It is a highly developed country, with excellent working conditions, an outstanding education system, a very high standard of living and a health care system ranked one of the best in the world.
Also Canada is a country composed of immigrants from practically every different backgrounds country in the world. Canada's success is largely due to the contributions made by these immigrants. Each year, Canada welcomes more than 200,000 new immigrants. The diversified backgrounds and cultures are what make Canada unique.
Besides that, Canada is truly a land of opportunity, you may be coming to Canada as a temporary foreign worker, skill worker, investor, business starter, or sponsor your family.
Moreover, Canada offers a corruption free environment that is among the least polluted in the world.
A city of education opens to the world.
4 world-class universities, 2 English oriented universities and 2 French oriented universities.
2 large-scale medical colleges in both English and French.
7 Institutions of higher education of engineering; technology; business and public administration.
34 schools of general and vocational education.
Montreal has many cooperative partners in the field of economy; science and high-technology, which include aerospace; life science; ecological technology; information and telecommunication; video game industry, etc,.
More than 200 public or private research centers.
The registered number of students in higher education, in terms of percentage of the population, is the number one university center in North America, ahead of Boston, USA.
- Montreal is ranked number one university center of Canada, ahead of Toronto.
- The most of students in universities
- The most of students graduated from universities
- The most masters and doctors in universities.
Montreal is ranked number one research center of Canada, ahead of Toronto.
- The most financial budget for researches in universities.
- The most researching personnel in universities.
- The most in number of patents.
- The number of patents held by the highest growth rate.
- The best performance of research and development in enterprises and universities.
Montreal is a university city has the most of foreign students.
- Nearly 10% of the students are from foreign countries.
- The most diploma and certificate issued to foreign students.
Montreal is the most Europeanized city in North America, which enjoys the reputation of “Paris of North America”.
- Montreal is a university city that is international, creative and open to the world.
- Montreal is the nexus of the universities from North America, Europe and China.
The Economy of Montreal
Montreal is the critical center of commerce; economy; education; industry and transportation in Canada. According the GDP data, the economy of Montreal is ranked number one in Quebec province, and second amongst all cities in Canada, slightly inferior to Toronto. Montreal is located in the estuary of Saint-Laurence River that connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, which makes Montreal the most important maritime center of east Canada. Montreal is the world’s largest inland port, the annual throughput is more than 26,000,000 tons. As one of the most important port in Canada, the port of Montreal transport products of foodstuff; machineries; oils and other consumer goods. Meanwhile, Montreal is the pivot of Canadian railway. Two headquarters of the largest national railway companies are located here (the Canadian National Railway Company and the VIA Railway Company, another Canadian Pacific Railway was moved from Montreal to Calgary in 1995). The Montreal Oil Refining Center is the largest one in Canada.
The aircraft industry of Montreal is quite advanced, many well-known companies are headquartered in the city and surrounding areas. Such as the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer and rail vehicle manufacturer, Bombardier; the world’s largest flight simulator manufacturer CAE Company; Bell Helicopter Canada; Pratt & Whitney Canada; Air Canada and Air Transat, etc,. Rolls Royce and Lookheed Martin are also set important research and manufacturing facilities here. In terms of the output value of aircraft industry, Montreal is the second largest city in the world, in between Seattle and Toulouse. The Canadian Space Agency is located in Longueuil, Montreal.
The biomedical; information industry; printing; pharmaceutical; video games; software engineering; clothing; electronics industry are also very developed. The video game industry has been booming in Montreal since 1997, coinciding with the opening of Ubisoft Montreal. EA, Eidos Interactive, Gameloft, Wanrner Brothers Interactive, Behaviour Interactive, Strategy First, THQ and more enterprises are all founding video studios in Montreal. Now the video game industry is providing this city with more than thousands of employment positions.
Montreal is a centre of film and television production. The headquarters of Alliance Films, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian French Channels, Canadian TV and Film are all in this city. Since Montreal is blending of European and North American architecture and the support of film industry from the government agencies, Montreal is one of the hot spot for many film makings, even some European films take views here. Every year, Montreal organized many film festivals, music festivals and cultural festivals, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreal Film Festival.
Montreal’s financial sector is also playing an important role. Many Canadian headquarters of banks are located here. For instance, the largest Canadian bank- Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the fourth largest bank- Bank of Montreal (BMO) (for those two statutory headquarters are in Montreal, and operation headquarters are moved to Toronto), Sixth largest bank-National Bank of Canada, Bank Desjardin Group, Laurentian Bank of Canada. While in the downtown area, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is the largest national pension fund. As of December 31 2008, this fund total in charge of 220.4 Billion Canadian Dollars.
The prospects of design industry in Montreal are very appealing, which offer 20,356 jobs and 65.3% of the national design personnel are gathered here. In 2006, Montreal is ranked as the World Design Capital by UNESCO.
Nearly 70 international headquarters are located in Montreal. Such as ICAO, the IATA, the WADA, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations and the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Welcome to Montreal! Bienvenue à Montréal!