The aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely, the Canadian transport minister said. "This should not have happened, that drone should not have been there".
"It is important to point out aircraft are particularly vulnerable when they are coming in [for landing] ... and during take-off", he added.
An airport spokesman said the plane was arriving from Rouyn-Noranda with eight people aboard when it was struck about three kilometres from the airport.
DJI said its drones are programmed by default to fly no higher than 120 metres and the company's "geofencing" system restricts its products from flying over Quebec City airport.
Greg McConnell, the national chairperson of the Canadian Federal Pilots' Association, said the incident "was just a matter of time".
In its statement, DJI said it's unaware whether any of its drones were involved.
"This could have been catastrophic...it could have caused a tremendous disaster".
Garneau is anxious that other collisions could cause worse damage.
According to the interim rule imposed by Transport Canada, flying of drones for the goal of recreation is proscribed within the 3.5 miles radius of an airport and 1.1 miles radius for a heliport.
Anyone caught flying a drone too close to no-fly zones (such as airports) without permission can be fined up to $25,000 and even serve a prison sentence; this applies to the flying of drones of any size and for any objective. "Let's get a move on".
"I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely risky and a serious offence", he said.
"Transport Canada is monitoring the situation and is in contact with its transportation partners including Skyjet, the Jean Lesage International Airport and NAV CANADA". Transport Canada issued some interim safety measures for the operators of these equipment, while it continues working to regulate that industry and hopes to approve the final regulations in 2018.
There were no news on the make and model of the alleged drone.
"There will be a requirement for drone users to pass a test".
The drone was described as "very large, certainly not a toy".