Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)Supporting and improving businesses’ ability to innovate contributes to economic development in Quebec’s regions. That is why the Honourable Pascale St‑Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, took the opportunity today while visiting the École de Technologie supérieure (ÉTS) to announce a non‑repayable contribution of $3.76M. This support will make it possible to acquire advanced equipment to improve businesses’ capacity to innovate through technology transfer.
The ÉTS is a member of the Université du Québec network and is one of the largest teaching and research universities in engineering in Canada. The CED support will enable it to acquire new equipment, including a thermomechanical fatigue test bench, a scanning probe microscope, and a roboticized composite performing cell. This equipment will make it possible to develop new manufacturing processes for high-performance materials with low environmental impact and strengthen the institution’s research and development activities with SMEs in the aerospace sector.
The ÉTS trains one-quarter of Quebec’s engineers and ranks second in the number of engineering graduates at the undergraduate level in Canada. It subscribes to Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative, which makes recruiting, retaining, and supporting the professional development of women in engineering one of its priorities. The ÉTS is aiming for 30% of people in engineering to be women by 2030 and is well on its way to attaining this goal by the set timeline.
The Government of Canada recognizes and supports innovative organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Quebec’s economic recovery relies, among other things, on organizations with strong roots in the regional economy. Innovation is a major contributor to growth, as well as a key asset in rebuilding a stronger, more resilient, greener, and more just economy for all.