The agglomeration’s businesses are full of ideas and innovative projects! It is the top manufacturing region in Quebec in terms of investment in the area (source: MEI, 2019).

An innovative, thriving area

More than one quarter of business owners in the Agglomération de Longueuil want to invest in technological innovation (28.1%) and product innovation (27.3%) compared to 11.9% and 9.3% respectively in the rest of Quebec (source: Portrait du dynamisme entrepreneurial, Leger, 2019).


of business owners in the Agglomération de Longueuil want to invest in technological innovation

A strongly rooted culture of innovation

A similar study from 2017 revealed that manufacturing companies in the area invest more in research and development, product development and information technology than the average for the rest of Quebec. That’s clear evidence of our powerful culture of innovation.

Manufacturing companies that invest more than the Quebec average


The businesses in the agglomeration have access to highly specialized resources that help drive their innovative projects. In particular, the area is home to the following organizations that specialize in R&D:

  • Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
  • National Research Council Canada (NRCC)
  • Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA)
  • Centre des technologies du gaz naturel (CTGN)
  • Digifab QG
  • Research and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment (IRDA)


The agglomeration is also home to numerous educational and research institutions:


  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Over 120 programs, mainly at the graduate level
  • 8 faculties (administration, law, education, engineering, literature and social sciences, medicine and health sciences, sciences, and theology and religious studies)
  • University training centre for environment and sustainable development
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)


  • Cégep Édouard Montpetit // The largest French-language CEGEP in Quebec, featuring the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA), North America’s largest college aerospace training institution
  • Champlain College Saint-Lambert // A public English-language CEGEP

Digifab QG : Digital intelligence catalyst

An initiative of DEL in collaboration with Quebec’s Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, Digifab QG was launched in 2020 and is one of four industrial expertise centres in Quebec. It provides a number of services to companies and manufacturers that are searching for innovative solutions.

The organization has a neutral environment that is conducive to digital transformation. It provides companies and manufacturers with a single point of contact and helps them to:

  • Understand the challenges of digital transformation and become familiar with multiple technologies
  • Conduct practical experiments with technology solutions
  • Tap into a large pool of suppliers and experts
  • Receive training
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