Montreal International Businesses

Montreal international businesses are important players in the City of Montreal as well as in Greater Montreal.  Both  metropolitan areas have valuable marketing materials worth exploiting.  

Promotional materials such as a specific identity, a unique "frenglish" and an interesting multilangualism. Montreal is also a major industrial, commercial and financial centre with economic activies mostly related to our manufacturing, construction and services sectors. 

Subsidiary companies of foreign establishments operating in Greater Montreal account for a large amount of goods exports as well as commercial services exports, our most important growing sector with many high-paying jobs to offer.

Foreign controlled firms invest in research and development, use advanced technologies and foster high productivity. Subsidiary companies also help develop our technology, expand our knowledge, increase our expertise, create direct and indirect jobs and offer high wages.

International Investments

Foreign controlled firms play an important role in our world business and economy.

According to Les filiales de sociétés étrangères du Grand Montréal, nearly two-thirds of the top 30 subsidiary companies established locally are headquartered in United States, well ahead of France with four companies and United Kingdom with three.

Sweden, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland and Belgium complete the top 30.

Subsidiary companies that contribute to the improvement of our workforce and competitiveness, especially in three of our most important strategic sectors, 

  • Aerospace,
  • Life Sciences and Health Technology (LSHT)
  • Information, Technology and Communications (ITC)

More than half of our international jobs created by the subsidiary companies established in Greater Montreal come from foreign-controlled firms with 250 employees and more. 

International Business and Trade

Companies based in New York, California, Connecticul, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas are the sources of nearly half of all the foreign subsidiaries established in Greater Montreal. 

France is the second country of origin of foreign subsidiaries established in the metropolitan area. Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publisher and distributor opened its main production studio in Montreal. Other major French companies such as Veolia Transdev, Sanofi and Danone are also established in our metropolitan area.

The United Kingdom is the third country of origin of foreign subsidiaries established in our metropolitan area. The UK main sectors are finance, aerospace and metals and subsidiaries such as Standard Life, ArcelorMittal and Rolls-Royce Group each employ at least 2,000 employees.

International Technology

As a major production center in digital games, Montreal is host to several major industries in the Information, Technology and Communications sector (ITC).

The French Ubisoft, the Japanese Eidos Interactive and the American Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. are part of our landscape. 

Our metropolitan area is also home to an important pharmaceutical sector, thanks to the presence of several foreign companies working in the Life, Science and Health Technology (LSHT).

Companies that generate millions of dollars and create thousands of career jobs.

Large players such as Charles River Laboratories - Preclinical Services Montréal, Merck Canada, Pfizer Canada, Sanofi and Sandoz Canada and many others.

Aerospace plays an equally important role in our Montreal international businesses.

Greater Montreal is home to Bombardier, the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer. Also present, Pratt & Whitney, our largest subsidiary company along with other major players such as Bell Helicopter Textron and Rolls-Royce Group firmly established in our area and doing buiness with many of our local suppliers.

Montreal International Businesses by Rachel Louise Barry