Minister Mélanie Joly announces $5 million in Government of Canada support to C2MI

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By upgrading its facilities, C2MI will play a role in building the expertise and bolstering the performance of SMEs that manufacture photonic sensors and components.

Bromont, Quebec, June 29, 2021Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Montérégie region counts several dynamic businesses and organizations with innovative ideas helping to create a strong local economic fabric. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations succeeded in adapting and are prospering, while others have had to reduce their operations. Today, as we put in place our plan for a robust economic recovery, they need our support now more than ever. The Government of Canada has committed to assisting them as they pursue their activities and to fostering their growth and success; this is precisely what it intends to do in the months to come.

With this in mind, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED, accompanied by Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi, today announced $5 million in financial support for the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI).

C2MI is the largest microelectronics R&D and commercialization centre in Canada and is an international innovation hub. This non-refundable contribution will allow it to put in place state‑of‑the‑art equipment to be used to manufacture microsystems, to integrate opto-electronic components and to screen print circuit boards in order to accelerate the development of new products and procedures. In addition to building new capacity, the Centre will be able to upgrade and optimize some of its existing industrial capabilities to maintain cutting-edge technology and train highly qualified personnel.

This project will lead to the creation of two specialized positions for C2MI as well as several dozen other positions in Quebec and Canadian SMEs that will be able to use this innovative new technology.

The Government of Canada recognizes and supports innovative businesses and organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Innovation—a major driver of economic development in Canada—will not only help rebuild a stronger, more resilient, and more just economy for all, but will also foster economic growth for decades to come.


“Helping businesses grow and innovate so they can enhance their competitiveness and create good‑quality jobs is the key focus of our plan for a strong economic recovery. That is why we are providing our support to C2MI, an organization whose success is raising the profile not just of the Montérégie region but of the entire Canadian economy as well. We have been here to support workers and Quebec and Canadian SMEs in these difficult times and will continue to help them equip themselves with what they need so that, together, we can rebuild a stronger, more resilient and more sustainable economy.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED

“By investing in improvements to C2MI’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Government of Canada is following through on its commitments and is helping homegrown businesses to innovate so they can create quality jobs for our regions, thereby ensuring a prosperous Canadian economy. Thanks to this support, C2MI will acquire innovative equipment that will allow it to develop and commercialize products for the electronics industry more quickly.”

Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi

“We are delighted that through its Federal Strategy on Innovation and Growth for the Quebec Regions, the Government of Canada is recognizing the important research and development work being done by C2MI in collaboration with its industrial and academic partners. For nearly 10 years now, C2MI has played a key role in supporting activity in all sectors of the Canadian economy through technological collaboration ensuring that companies integrating electronic components that are vital in a digital world can position themselves as leaders in their respective industries. This new facility improvement project guarantees that a bright future lies ahead for C2MI.”

Marie-Josée Turgeon, General Manager of C2MI

Quick facts

  • Funds have been granted under CED’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program. This program targets entrepreneurs leveraging innovation to grow their businesses and enhance their competitiveness, as well as regional economic stakeholders helping to create an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation and growth for all, across all regions.
  • A successful economic recovery will depend, among other things, on the vaccination of as many Canadians as possible. To learn more: Vaccines for COVID-19.
  • CED is a key federal partner in Quebec’s regional economic development. With its 12 regional business offices, CED accompanies businesses, supporting organizations and all regions across Quebec into tomorrow’s economy.

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
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Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

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