The majority of the Canadian aerospace industry is located in Quebec. The ''Belle Province'' is primarily a leader in the manufacture of aerostructures, civil helicopters, commercial and corporate aircraft, training and simulation facilities, engine components, landing gear, engines and engine maintenance. Well-known local companies in these segments are Aerolia, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, CAE Inc, CMC Electronics Inc, GE Canada, Héroux-Devtek, Mechtronix, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Premier Aviation Rolls-Royce Canada, Safran Landing Systems, Stelia and Thales Canada.
80% of Quebec's total production is exported. In fact, the aerospace industry is at the forefront of Quebec's exports of production. Also, over 70% of Canada's aerospace research and development is done in Quebec.
Greater Montréal in particular is a global aerospace center, which, together with Hamburg, is the world's third largest aerospace location after Seattle and Toulouse; the region is home to over 200 leading companies in the industry. 98% of Quebec's aerospace activities take place here. The ten most important aerospace research centers are also based in Montréal and the surrounding area. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation recently announced plans to establish its SpaceJet Center in the Greater Montréal area following the purchase of Bombardier's CRJ series. Following the launch of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft earlier this year, the company intends to prepare for the next phase of its global growth and has chosen Montréal as a springboard for this.