The Capitale-Nationale region at a glanceTerritory and main cities
Economy and employment
Portrait of immigration
Support services for settling and integrating in the region
Services to immigrants offered by the Ministère
Resources and interesting links
The Capitale-Nationale region is the cradle of Québec. Many of Québec’s founding families settled on Île d’Orléans and Côte de Beaupré.
The Capitale-Nationale region covers a total area of 18 643 km2. It has a population of 701 204, representing 8.8% of the total population of Québec.
The main components of the Capitale-Nationale region are:
Québec City, Île d’Orléans and the regional county municipalities (MRCs) of Portneuf, Charlevoix, Charlevoix-Est, Jacques-Cartier and Côte-de-Beaupré. The Capitale-Nationale region is recognized for its quality of life and green space. It offers its population an ideal environment to settle, work and play.
Most immigrants settle in the following areas:
Charlevoix region (with the MRCs of Charlevoix, Charlevoix-Est and Côte-de-Beaupré)
MRC of Portneuf
The Capitale-Nationale region enjoys a dynamic and innovative economy. From 2005 to 2010, no fewer than 20 000 new jobs were created, including 8800 jobs in 2010 alone. The economy is currently expanding, primarily in the service sector.
Québec City is home to a technological park known for the expertise of its researchers in cutting-edge sectors, and to several higher education institutions.
For five years, Québec City and only one other Canadian city have seen growth in their activity and job rate.
The Capitale-Nationale region has more than 20 000 businesses, primarily SMEs (small and medium enterprises – industries):
For more information, consult Emploi-Québec’s job market website.
Useful links – Statistical data and business start-up support
More than 15 661 immigrants, admitted to Québec between 2000 and 2009, were living in the Capitale-Nationale region in January 2011.
The five main countries of birth of the immigrant population in the Capitale-Nationale region in 2006 are France, Columbia, the United States, China and Morocco.
The Capitale-Nationale is characterized by immigrants who have settled in different neighbourhoods and cities throughout the region.