Québec, June 15, 2017 – In 2014, Québec’s industrial research and development expenditures (BERD) totalled $5,360 million, representing 28.9% of Canadian expenditures. Relative to the size of its economy, Québec is the province that spent the most on industrial R&D, as these expenditures accounted for 1.44% of its GDP. There were also more people employed in industrial R&D activities in Québec as a proportion of total employment than in the other provinces. These results were obtained from an analysis of R&D data published in the 2016 edition of the Compendium d’indicateurs de l’activité scientifique et technologique au Québec, released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec on its website.
Statistical indicators on science, technology and innovation
The 2016 edition of the Compendium d’indicateurs de l’activité scientifique et technologique au Québec provides a broad range of commented and comparative statistical indicators on human resources in science and technology, R&D, enterprise and employment dynamics, venture capital, and use of advanced technologies in enterprises. It also reports on the proceedings of two international meetings on science and technology indicators held in 2016.
In 2016, immigrants accounted for 30.3% of people employed in professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
In 2016, in Québec, 17.7% of people aged 25 to 64 who worked in professional, technical or paraprofessional occupations were immigrants. This proportion was even higher among people employed in professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, at 30.3%.
Venture capital investment in Québec reached $1.1 billion in 2016
In 2016, venture capital investment was up for the second consecutive year in Québec, totalling $1.1 billion. This represents a 45.7% increase from 2015.
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