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Economic Viewpoint

Economic Structure of Major Urban Systems in Quebec and Canada (Part 2)

April 29, 2021
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist
Mathieu D’Anjou, Deputy Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

In Part 1 of this Economic Viewpoint, we saw that cities play an essential role in growth and development by offering specialized services and enabling complementarities between economic agents. Quebec has few urban systems with more than 100,000 inhabitants. However, they stand out for their large manufacturing sectors. Manufacturing’s strong presence is an asset in terms of potential gains in productivity, exporting and innovation, although it also represents a challenge in a highly competitive global environment.