The Estrie region offers many jobs in most major economic sectors of activity, and enjoys an unemployment rate below the Québec average. This region is particularly active in the areas of textiles, microelectronics, computerization, agriculture, dairy production, processing appearance products and composites as well as transportation equipment and elastomers. The Sherbrooke Biomedical Park, which includes the Faculty of Medicine, the Clinical Research Centre, the Institute of Pharmacology and the Biotechnology Development Centre, is also growing rapidly.
The vitality of small and medium businesses, the quality of the business infrastructure and the proximity of North American markets makes Estrie one of Québec’s leading exporting regions.
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According to the 2006 census, the Estrie region was home to more than 13 500 Québec immigrants.
The Estrie region offers a range of services to new immigrants to ease their integration and help them find employment.
Population : 304 702 inhabitants
Area : 10 195 km²
Cities : Sherbrooke, Magog, Coaticook
Emerging economic sectors : Processing of appearance products and composites as well as transportation equipment and elastomers, micro/nanotechnologies for electronics, recreational tourism, biomedicine
The Estrie region extends along the border with the United States. Its proximity to North American markets gives it an undeniable advantage. Proud of its picturesque villages and magnificent Victorian homes, the region abounds with theatres, art galleries and antique shops.