More than 8 out of 10 manufacturers with at least 20 employees innovated between 2010 and 2012

Québec, December 18, 2014 – Between 2010 and 2012, 82.6% of Québec manufacturing enterprises with at least 20 employees introduced an innovation. This proportion is significantly higher than in Canada (74.8%). More specifically, over half of manufacturers introduced product innovations (51.7%), process innovations (57.0%), and organizational innovations (52.5%), while about a third introduced marketing innovations (35.3%). These are the main findings of the report on innovation in manufacturing enterprises with at least 20 employees based on the Québec data from Statistics Canada’s Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, 2012.

Most enterprises used at least one advanced technology in 2012, such as advanced computerized design and engineering (38.2%) and advanced computerized processing, fabrication, and assembly technologies (33.6%). In addition, more than 6 out of 10 enterprises (63.2%) indicated that innovation tax credits were the type of government program they found most critical to their innovation activities.

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