Technoparc Montréal Campus Saint-Laurent

Technoparc Saint-Laurent




In Canada, the tendency to erect sprawling research parks dates back to 1986. Inspired by the examples set by major U.S. research parks, the Picard Report from Forum Entreprises-Universités prompted the creation of technological initiative centres in Canada. In 1987, the project was launched with the creation of the CITEC (Centre d'initiatives technologiques de Montréal), whose mission was to contribute to the long-term economic growth of the Montréal region through the creation of high-tech corporations.

Under Mayor Marcel Laurin, Saint-Laurent soon began negotiations with CITEC for the creation of a research park in Saint-Laurent. Accordingly, a section of the territory was set aside and many reports were tabled. Finally on July 31, 1989, talks led to a memorandum of understanding between CITEC and Saint-Laurent that was backed by federal and provincial officials.

Localization plan


Overall area sketch

Work on the infrastructure officially began on April 14, 1992 with the adoption of three municipal by-laws pertaining to the acquisition of the land required for the Technoparc. The first bid was opened in June 1992, and the contract was awarded in early July. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 17 that same year.


Technoparc Montréal Campus Saint-Laurent stands out for the remarkable quality of its environment. In fact, the pleasant layout of public spaces and private property has created a productive and healthy work setting.

The first occupant of the high-tech facility was Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which in May 1997 opened its first research centre outside Europe, christened AstraZeneca R&D Montréal.

AstraZeneca R&D


Official opening
Astra Montréal

The Technoparc, which covers a surface area of more than 2.8 millions square metres, today houses fifteen major corporations all focused on research and development in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors (Neurochem Inc., Theratechnologies Inc., etc.); as well as telecommunications and information technology firms (Les Systèmes d'énergie évolués ASTEC, Nortel Networks, etc.) and aerospace companies (ART Aérospatiale recherches & technologies, Thales).

Aerial photo
of Technoparc

Technoparc Montréal Campus Saint-Laurent represents investments in excess of $800 millions, with over $310 millions invested in the construction of buildings and the acquisition of specialized equipment, and $518.6 millions dedicated to research and development.

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