The Montérégie region has a very enviable dynamic economy, combining a low unemployment rate with rapid job growth. Priority growth industries in Montérégie are manufacturing, bio-foods, research, the environment, tourism and transportation.
The industrial fabric of the territory is strengthened by the presence of businesses that are global leaders in their sector, including aerospace and land transportation, agri-food, and transportation and distribution logistics.
In addition to its leading role in industrial research and development in Québec, Montérégie prides itself on its major research and high-tech park which brings together one of the largest concentrations in the world of researchers in the fields of energy and metals.
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Montérégie ranks second among Québec’s regions as a destination for immigrants. According to the 2006 census, more than 100 000 Québec immigrants lived in this region
The Montérégie region offers a range of services for new immigrants in order to ease their integration and help them find employment.
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Population : 1 415 010 inhabitants
Area : 11 111 km²
Cities : Longueuil, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Hyacinthe
Emerging economic sectors : Bio-foods, biotechnology, high-tech transportation and logistics equipment, micro/ nanotechnologies for high-tech electronics, ferrous metal processing
Montérégie is characterized by a juxtaposition of urban and rural environments as pleasing to lovers of wide-open spaces as to those seeking a booming economic setting. It enjoys an advantageous geographic location, along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, between the metropolitan area of Montréal and the United States border. The region boasts a large concentration of high-tech industries, particularly in the aerospace and land transportation sector.