Economic development in Mauricie
Trois-Rivières, April 1, 2019 – The governments of Quebec and Canada are providing a total of $7,022,566 in financial assistance for the expansion of the Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ). The project, valued at $8,671,074, will add 8,600 square feet of space to the offices and the plant. The CMQ will also purchase two sprayers for developing new metallic and non-metallic powders for additive manufacturing.
Marie-Eve Proulx, Junior Minister for Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions, and Mr. Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, made the announcement today, along with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).
With this investment, the CMQ aims to become a world-class facility in manufacturing metallic and non-metallic powders for 3D printing. Those powders come into play in the designing of parts, preforms and corrosion-resistant coatings, especially in the fields of aeronautics and bio-medical science. The CMQ will lead the project in partnership with the Laboratoire de metallurgie des poudres of the Université Laval and with the Centre for Characterization and Microscopy of Materials of Polytechnique Montréal.
The Government of Quebec’s $5,022,566 contribution comes from streams 3 and 4 of the Programme de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation. The Government of Canada is awarding a non-repayable contribution of $1,000,000 under CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program which is in addition to a $1,000,000 grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
“The CMQ will have a unique research and training platform making it possible to attract leading industrial partners, as well as some of the world’s top researchers and students. The government is proud to contribute to this project, which strengthens Quebec’s position in an innovative and growing market and also creates a collaboration space that will benefit multiple Quebec research institutions.”
Marie-Eve Proulx, Junior Minister for Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions
“This centre will be unique in Canada and will enable the development of high value-added materials used in metal additive manufacturing. Since the CMQ is affiliated with the cégep de Trois-Rivières, the students will be trained on state-of-the-art equipment. This skilled workforce is a magnet for companies and enriches Quebec’s position in the innovative additive manufacturing market.”
Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region
“Focusing on collaborative research with the industry, the CMQ plays a lead role in the processing of metals and the composition of powerful alloys, both commercially and environmentally. CED’s funding will enable the CFQ to contribute to the greatest advances in the development of processes of the future and confirms our commitment to strengthening the huge potential of this industrial knowledge.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“In order to increase the quality and boost the impact of our programs that support innovation, it is crucial for the Government of Canada to support applied research and entrepreneurship. The funding announced today reflects our desire to support innovative projects that go hand in hand with economic growth and sustainable development.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED
Founded in 1985, the CMQ is a college centre for technology transfer incorporated into the cégep de Trois-Rivières and is equipped with infrastructures for research and innovation in metallic materials and metallurgical processes. It aims to support the technological development of Quebec’s manufacturing companies. The CMQ meets the needs of more than 150 companies annually.
The Programme de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation has the goal of strengthening the Quebec innovation system and its components, increasing the competitiveness of companies and society through innovation, and promoting optimal or cooperative use of research results economically, socially, environmentally and culturally.
CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
For 50 years now, the Government of Canada has been actively participating in regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete action dedicated to the development of the regions and local businesses.