Main areas of collaboration

Québec's efforts to forge ties of cooperation with the United Kingdom essentially focus on 2 priority sectors: the economy and culture.

Economy

The United Kingdom was Québec's third largest global trade partner in 2011, after the United States and China. In 2011 trade in goods between Québec and the United Kingdom totaled $5.8 billion, down 25.4% from the previous year. This drop is the combined result of declining imports and exports.

Québec exports to the United Kingdom

For 2011 Québec's international exports to the United Kingdom totaled $1.2 billion, down 38.5% from the previous year. The decrease is tied to declining exports of airplanes and other aircraft (-$723.1 million), which had surged in 2010 (+$362.8 million).

Québec exports represent 6.7% of the value of Canada's exports to the U.K. In 2011 the U.K. was Québec's sixth largest customer worldwide, down from second in 2010.

Québec's primary exports to the United Kingdom in 2011 were airplanes and other aircraft (15.5% of the total), aluminum and raw aluminum alloys (13.5%), gas turbines and parts (8.5%), newsprint in rolls and sheets (6.6%), and landing gear and parts (6.6%). The ten primary products represented 63.8% of Québec's exports to the United Kingdom in 2011.

Imports from the United Kingdom

In 2011 imports from the United Kingdom totaled $4.6 billion, down 20.9% from the previous year. This drop can be explained by declining imports of crude petroleum oils (-$1.7 billion). Québec imports represented 44.4% of the value of Canadian imports from the U.K. In 2011 the U.K. was Québec's third largest international supplier.

Québec's primary imports from the United Kingdom in 2011 were crude petroleum oils (20.9% of the total), petroleum oils (other than crude oils) (19.0%), turboprop engine and gas turbine parts (11.7%), aircraft and helicopter parts (10.7%), and silver bullion (5.9%). The ten primary products represented 79.9% of Québec's total customs cleared imports from the United Kingdom in 2011.

Investments

In 2009 capital expenditures in Québec by the United Kingdom totaled $593.3 million, down 29.1% from the previous year. In 2010 and 2011 these expenditures were expected to total $612.4 million and $858.4 million respectively.

In 2011, according to Statistics Canada, 128 British companies were active in Québec. The United Kingdom therefore ranked third for the number of foreign companies in Québec, behind France and in front of Germany. It ranked second in Canada as a whole, with 798 businesses.

Leading U.K. subsidiaries include HERA Hydrogen Storage Systems (industrial gas manufacturing), Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Standard Life Canada (insurance), Trustmarque Solutions (software developer), Corus (aluminum rolling, drawing, extrusion and alloying), QIT-Fer et Titane (metallurgy) and Rolls-Royce Canada (R&D laboratory).

Over fifty Québec companies in diverse sectors have operations in the United Kingdom. These include Bombardier, CGI, Biogénie, SNC-Lavalin, CAE, Machinex Industries, Aldo, Joseph Ribkoff and Sponsorium.

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Culture

In the mid-1980s Québec talents including Robert Lepage and Denys Arcand began breaking into the London arts scene. A cultural services department at the Québec Government Office in London was created in 1992 in response to British citizens' growing interest in Québec artists. Since then, Québec's cultural presence in the United Kingdom has flourished.

In 2011 more than 150 artists, businesses and cultural organizations took advantage of the services provided by the Québec Government Office in London for their activities in the U.K.

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Last update: 2017-03-17 3:07:41 PM