Overview

Electric and smart transportation (EST) is an industry on the rise in Quebec. According to a Propulsion Québec analysis conducted in 2019, the province’s EST sector comprises some 150 businesses that account for $2.2 billion in sales, contribute $1.3 billion to the province’s GDP, and generate more than 6,000 jobs.

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Au Québec, on produit toutes sortes de véhicules électriques, allant de la trottinette au train en passant par les véhicules récréatifs et spécialisés, les autobus et les camions – de tout, sauf des voitures!

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Transportation
individual

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Transportation
public

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Transportation
RVs

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Transportation
freight

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Transportation
specialized

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Transportation
rail

The sector spans the entire value chain: electric and smart vehicle manufacturers, vehicle design and assembly firms, driving software developers, battery material mines, and more! There’s charging infrastructure as well as the connectivity infrastructure needed to roll out self-driving vehicles. There are also new-mobility service providers (carpooling, carsharing, MaaS, etc.) and commercial fleet operators.

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Vehicles
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Vehicles
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intelligent infrastructure
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Services
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While there are certainly big names in EST, there are also a lot of small, innovative businesses looking to revolutionize how we move people and goods.

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Nous produisons d'immenses quantités d'énergie propre, renouvelable, abondante et offerte à coût fortement concurrentiel : l'hydroélectricité!

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Our earth is rich in strategic minerals used for electric vehicle batteries (nickel, lithium, niobium, and graphite, to name a few).

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Quebec boasts top-caliber research expertise in electric and smart transportation, both in academia and the private sector. We also have AI research centers.

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Quebec’s four seasons and range of precipitation make it an unparalleled place for electric and smart vehicle tests, experiments, and demonstrations.

EST is growing and we need you!

Les transports terrestres sont responsables de plus de 40% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) au Québec. Parce qu’un véhicule électrique rejette entre 65 et 80% de GES de moins qu’un véhicule à combustion interne, nous devons électrifier le plus de véhicules possibles afin de préserver notre environnement et de lutter contre les changements climatiques.

Le secteur des transports est en pleine transformation et celle-ci s’accélérera au cours des prochaines années. Des véhicules à propulsion électrique ayant une empreinte environnementale réduite et de nouvelles solutions de mobilité de plus en plus « servicielles », rendue possible par l’avancement du véhicule autonome, changeront la façon dont nous nous déplaçons.

New business models and socioeconomic, environmental, and regulatory factors will profoundly change the mobility industry and drive major changes in the number and nature of the vehicles we use in the coming years.

Transitioning to electrified and automated transportation requires the industry to integrate expertise and new skills in batteries, robotics, data science, and more.

Key competencies required in EST

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Holistic understanding of the system

Understand how the different parts of the vehicle interact

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Fundamentals of engineering

Develop systems that meet automotive industry standards

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Artificial intelligence

Use real-time data to improve vehicle performance

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Big data

Process and analyze large quantities of data from autonomous vehicles

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Practical approach

Be able to identify practical ways to solve problems

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Notions avancées en mathématiques et physique

Translate challenges into mathematical equations

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Software

Comprendre et développer des applications et des logiciels embarqués.

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Robotics

Leverage optical data collected from autonomous vehicles to optimize them

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According to research by Propulsion Québec, approximately 50 professions as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) are directly impacted by electric and smart transportation. That’s more than 14,000 jobs related in some way to EST, if you include sectors like insurance, shipping, and transportation.

To grow our industry we need a strong, well-trained workforce that’s prepared to do their part to make this transition work! Jobs that don’t even exist today will be created and spark some of the most exciting careers.

To learn more about EST industry growth projections and training needs between now and 2050,check out our study here..

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