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April 23, 2021
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Innovative Vehicle Institute New Building: Launch of the Construction Site!

Today marks the launch of the construction site for the new building at the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme that will house the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI). Youri Chassin, Member for Saint-Jérôme and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (regulatory streamlining), attended the groundbreaking ceremony, accompanied by Janice Bélair Rolland, Mayor of Saint-Jérôme, Louis Côté, Chairman of the IVI Board of Directors, Marc-Antoine Lachance, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, Nadine Le Gal, Executive Director of the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, and François Adam, General Manager of the IVI.

The building – with a surface area of 2,712 m2 – will house a unique innovation space in Quebec and Canada. It will include a workshop, state-of-the-art laboratories, a prototyping room, dynamometer areas as well as administrative offices.

Particular attention has been paid to the design of the building in order to reflect the intrinsic values of the IVI and the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, namely sustainable development and innovation. This is why the future building will be built according to strict standards aimed at ensuring the best energy efficiency practices, while the use of sustainable local materials such as wood will be prioritized for its construction. In short, from the passive energy and ecologically responsible architecture to the integration of bioclimatic strategies and solutions, everything has been designed to minimize the building’s footprint on the environment.


This $14.3 million project received $12.7 million in government funding from the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, through the Programme de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation (Soutien au financement d’infrastructures de recherche et d’innovation – volet 4). This major investment – announced by the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, in the fall of 2019 – will allow the IVI and the Cégep de Saint- Jérôme to remain leaders in the field of innovative vehicles by responding to the growing demand from Quebec companies who wish to be supported in research, development, implementation of innovative technologies and training in the field of intelligent transportation.

The development of the new IVI facilities in the heart of Saint-Jérôme’s industrial district also reaffirms the city’s leading role in promoting the electrification of transportation for over 20 years.

What they said

“Through its large-scale projects, the Innovative Vehicle Institute is helping to accelerate research and innovation in the transportation electrification sector. Our government’s role is to deploy the necessary efforts in the transfer and commercialization of innovations to ensure the competitiveness of our companies, particularly those in the electrification ecosystem, which allow Quebec to join the global electric shift.”

Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation


“The Centres collégiaux de transfert de technologie (CCTTs) have privileged ties with companies in their sector of expertise and thus contribute to the economic growth of their region. The Innovative Vehicle Institute is a key player in the development of electric vehicles. It will become even more so thanks to its new state-of-the-art infrastructure, which will make it a World reference in this field. The IVI is a strength for the Saint-Jérôme region and a great source of pride for all of Quebec.”

Youri Chassin, Member for Saint-Jérôme and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (regulatory streamlining)


“This new IVI building demonstrates the City of Saint-Jérôme’s firm intention to redevelop its industrial park into an industrial innovation zone. Accessible by road and public transportation, it will facilitate the mobility of researchers, workers, suppliers, products and goods. It is clear to me that this new research and educational facility will contribute to the long-term growth of innovative companies in our transportation electrification community.”

Janice Bélair-Rolland, Mayor of Saint-Jérôme


“Research and teaching: two essential engines that drive our society and energize our economy! With this new building, the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme – through the Innovative Vehicle Institute – is without a doubt an avant-garde leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of technologies related to the electrification of transportation and vehicle intelligence.”

Nadine Le Gal, Executive Director, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

“This building, which will be delivered within a year, will significantly strengthen Quebec’s ability to innovate and to move towards electric and autonomous vehicles. The IVI is proud to be a leading player in this field, one that creates wealth for our region and for all of Quebec.”

François Adam, General Manager at IVI