ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 4, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Mr. Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and Minister responsible for CED, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, announces that Blais Industries has received financial support for purchasing, installing and deploying a leading-edge integrated management system in order to optimize their productivity.

The financial assistance announced today amounts to $492,750. It is awarded in the form of a repayable contribution under CED's Quebec Economic Development Program.

CED is one of six regional development organizations under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Quick facts

  • Blais Industries is an innovative family business that specializes in building and maintaining industrial infrastructures in the mining, pulp and paper, and energy sectors.
  • The funding awarded by CED is enabling the company to purchase and install a computerized production management system that integrates all of the company's operations, and to purchase other required computer components. The project also involves deploying a mobility component for accessing the system through tablet computers and smart phones.
  • As this project demonstrates, the company focuses on innovation to ensure its growth. Among the impacts that will result are greater competitiveness and job creation in the region in connection with the company's optimization.


"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting the role of innovation as an important way of encouraging company diversification and growth. This is why we are pleased to support the development of Blais Industries."

Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of ISED and Minister responsible for CED

"As one of the first companies in the industry to computerize its operations in the 1980s, Blais Industries is innovating once again with their new integrated platform that gives clients real-time access to their projects' data. We are very pleased to have been able to count on CED's involvement."

Jacques Blais, President, Blais Industries

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