MONTREAL Center of Industrial expertise project 

In keeping with its 2019-2021 strategic plan, DESTL is working on setting up the Centre d’expertise industrielle de Montréal (CEI), the first phase in the development of the future Complexe d’innovation industrielle (CII), in Saint-Laurent.


PHASE 1 - Center of industrial expertise (CIE)


The Center of industrial expertise (CIE) will enable businesses to acquire the knowledge they need to adopt Industry 4.0 digital technologies.


The CIE:


  • Integrates the first cyber-physical (CP) factory in Québec, the result of an agreement between DESTL and the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ).
  • Showcases how the new technologies can be integrated into a factory.
  • Involves educational institutions and manufacturers.
  • Helps match labour with industry needs and gives entrepreneurs access to research infrastructures, laboratories, events and networking activities.


PHASE 2 - Industrial Innovation Complex (IIC)

With the importance of leveraging innovation to ensure the preservation and prosperity of the industrial sector, DESTL is enhancing its support role with the creation of the future Industrial Innovation Complex (IIC). This complex will serve as a manufacturing innovation hub where industrial sector stakeholders can obtain help with their digital transformation.


The development of the CIE and its eventual integration into the IIC  will be an excellent opportunity for businesses to define, test and build the manufacturing of tomorrow and thus contribute to the city’s progress and prosperity.

The IIC will offer a host of one-stop value-added services, in five distinct areas:


  • Technology showcase
  • Innovation garage
  • Modular industrial space
  • Training space
  • Collaborative spaces for technology firms


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2019: To help Québec businesses transition to Industry 4.0, the Québec government, in its 2019-2020 budget plan, has earmarked $5 million over five years to support the Réseau des centres d'expertise industrielle (RCEI). Read the MEI press release.


2017: The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), in partnership with Industry 4.0 giant Festo, announces the establishment of Québec’s first cyber-physical laboratory in Saint-Laurent. Read the CRIQ press release


Yours contacts

For more information, contact:

  • Luc Duguay, Acting Director General, 514-855-6000, ext. 4840.
  • Laurence Vallée, Economic Development Commissioner, Innovation, 514-855-6000, ext. 4815.

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