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You want to invest in Canada?

In 2018, approximately 1,130 subsidiaries of French companies were located in Canada and employed approximately 105,500 people (Eurostats data). They are mainly located in Quebec (44%) and Ontario (37%), but are growing throughout Canada. Almost all French multinationals, industrial and services groups and more and more SMEs are present in Canada. France, as an immediate investing country (1) in Canada, is the 6th largest investor from Europe and the 12th in the world, with a stock of $ 13.5 billion at the end of 2018, up 17% on 2017. As an ultimate investing country (2) in Canada, France had a direct investment stock of $ 17.8 billion at the end of 2017 and was in of the top 10 investing countries in Canada.

  •  1. The immediate investing country is the last country through which foreign investment transits before entering Canada
  •  2. The ultimate investing country is the country of residence of the parent company or the ultimate controlling person on the investment.

Why invest in Canada?

Discover top talent

Not only is Canada already home to the most educated workforce in the OECD and several of the world’s top artificial intelligence pioneers, we are aggressively attracting top talent. New immigration programs offer rapid processing of visas for highly-skilled workers you can bring in to kickstart your operations in Canada.

Be part of a thriving innovation hub

Canada is investing in an innovative, clean and inclusive economy. The Innovation Superclusters Initiative brings together industry, academia, government and not-for-profits to invest and grow expertise in the areas of ocean sciences, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, protein industry, and digital technology. Canada also has over 120 startup incubators and accelerators supporting dynamic ecosystems across the country.

Access global markets

Canada gives investors preferential market access through 14 trade agreements to 51 countries with nearly 1.5 billion consumers with a combined GDP of US$49.3 trillion.

Experience a strong business foundation

Canada has created an environment to encourage business success, which is why we hold the distinction of being the easiest location in the G20 to start a business. We continue to lead the G7 nations in economic growth and have four of the top 10 financial centres in North America.

Great place to live

Canada offers a quality of life that is hard to match, ranking number one in the world based on affordability, job market, family friendliness, income equality, political stability, safety and our well-developed public health and education systems.


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