The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region at a glance
Territory and main cities
Situated less than 200 kilometres from Québec City, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region covers a vast area extending from north of Lac Saint-Jean to the mouth of the famous Saguenay fjord. Its nearly 300,000 residents are known for their hospitality and joie de vivre. In addition to offering a unique environment that combines city conveniences with the pleasures of nature, the region has a solid support structure to help immigrants settle and integrate in Québec. It also offers a wide range of services for entrepreneurs.
Information on the territory and its subregions
The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region has an enviable industrial structure. Its industries, which are always on the alert for new technology, draw upon skilled labour and a dynamic environment. First developed for its forest wealth, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean economy was transformed by its immense hydro-electrical potential harnessed to operate its large aluminum smelters. Agri-food, a particularly important industry in Lac-Saint-Jean, is represented by dairy and grain production, milk and meat processing, and blueberry growing and processing. Recreation and tourism (vacationing, cultural shows, outdoor activities, hunting and fishing, etc.) is a fast-growing sector of the economy.
With the Plan Nord, the government of Québec has launched a large-scale economic project in this region that will support the development of communities situated north of the 49th parallel over the next few years.
Information on the economy, employment, services and cultural life
Business start-up support
Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s education network offers highly diversified services that cover primary school to university-level studies. Four school boards serve the primary and secondary student population and offer vocational training. CEGEPS in Chicoutimi, Jonquière, Alma and Saint-Félicien offer general pre-university education and technical training, in addition to continuing education for adults and on-the-job training.
In the region, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) offers a range of graduate and post-graduate programs.
Some 600 foreign students attend CEGEPS and universities in Québec.
The region boasts research centres in various fields such as wood and aluminum processing as well as agri-food.
Information on education and research
Through different organizations and associations, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region offers a range of services to help new immigrants (skilled workers, businesspeople, sponsored persons and refugees) integrate and find employment. Several cultural communities are already present in the region. They come from a variety of countries, including France, China, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Colombia, Mexico, Rwanda, Haiti and Vietnam.