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28 Oct 2013

Investing in exports is investing in Québec

*Economic Policy - Putting Jobs First - External trade development plan

Today, Minister Jean-François Lisée unveiled the Québec government’s external trade development plan for 2013-2017 (PDCE), which is aimed at reducing Québec’s trade deficit.

The PDCE is in line with the four strategic initiatives of the Québec government's Economic Policy, known as Putting Jobs First, which was launched on October 7 by the Premier.

It is intended to revitalize exports by consolidating traditional markets, developing new markets and preparing new exporters. To that end, $82 million will be invested to support export companies.

“By 2017, the PDCE’s benefits should enable supported companies in markets outside Québec to generate firm sales of more than $940 million and create more than 6,000 jobs in Québec,” Minister Lisée explained.

By 2017, the PDCE also aims to:

  • assist 1,000 companies per year in all regions of Québec
  • directly assist 2,500 companies in markets outside Québec
  • help create 1,000 new export companies

The PDCE is founded on three general principles:

1. Easier access to export services
2. Better balance between Québec supply and foreign demand
3. Concerted action and synergy of external trade actors


  • Strengthen and increase the sales of companies supported by the government in traditional markets (Canada, United States and Europe)
  • Increase the results of government actions with companies that it assists in emerging markets (Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and Middle East). Targeted growth of approximately 15% per year is the goal.
  • Offer specialized services in all regions of Québec and increase the number of new export companies

2013-2017 External Trade Development Plan (PDCE) (in French)
Summary (in French)
Export Québec (PDCE) (in French)

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