The Government of Quebec is providing nearly $4.3 million in financial assistance to the Quebec Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace (CRIAQ) to support technology demonstration projects that meet the needs of SMEs in the Quebec aerospace industry.

This financial assistance is provided under the Québec Aerospace Strategy, which provides $8.2 million over five years to support technology demonstration projects.

In May 2017, CRIAQ issued a call for projects to encourage Quebec companies to participate in collaborative innovation projects. Government financial assistance will therefore support the implementation of the various initiatives selected.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, Dominique Anglade, was present today at the AV&R company’s facilities in Saint Bruno de Montarville, Montérégie, to announce the names of four SMEs selected for this purpose.

These companies are AV&R, GlobVision, Mannarino systems & software and RTI-Claro. They will receive financial assistance totalling nearly $4.3 million for their projects, representing investments of nearly $13 million in total.

In 2017, the Government of Quebec also granted $600,000 in financial assistance to CRIAQ under the Quebec Aerospace Strategy to support a Humanitas pilot project as part of the initiative to support technology demonstration projects for SMEs in the aerospace industry.

Quotes :

“By supporting CRIAQ’s efforts to promote collaborative innovation and support SME projects in this regard, our government intends to make Québec’s aerospace industry one of the most innovative, competitive and diversified in the world. It is in particular through visionary projects such as those announced today, which strengthen the expertise and innovation capacity of companies, that we will be able to truly give Québec and its aerospace industry the impetus to prosper in the long term and to distinguish itself more widely throughout the world. »

Dominique Anglade, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

“For the Government of Québec, the priority will always remain to encourage and support innovative initiatives that will generate tangible benefits for the economy of all regions, particularly here in Montérégie. CRIAQ shares this priority with us, and we are very proud of it! In fact, its support for technology demonstration projects is in line with the implementation of a measure in the Quebec Aerospace Strategy aimed at encouraging SMEs in this key sector of our economy to participate in collaborative innovation projects. »

Lucie Charlebois, Minister responsible for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Lifestyles and Minister responsible for the Montérégie region

“For the past sixteen years, CRIAQ has been delivering Government of Quebec programs with convincing results for the aerospace sector and the economy in general. Today, we are proud to complete the innovation support chain by supporting the technology demonstration projects of these SMEs. The Government of Quebec has been able to respond adequately to their needs. »

Denis Faubert, President and CEO of CRIAQ

Highlights :

CRIAQ is an industrial research sector group that aims to increase the competitiveness of the Québec aerospace industry. Its unique collaborative research model, conducted by companies of all sizes and involving universities and research centres, stimulates innovation, creates and maintains an effective network, trains highly qualified young people and creates added value in Québec.
AV&R is active in the fields of industrial automation, digital vision and robotics. It offers solutions for the aerospace and energy sectors. Moreover, its technology demonstration project, selected as part of the CRIAQ call for projects, aims to validate the automation of aircraft component inspection with the collaboration of Rolls-Royce.
GlobVision designs and markets software applications for the aerospace industry, infrastructure and public services sectors.
Mannarino systems & software designs and markets critical systems, software and airborne electronic equipment for the dry sector.