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The Bas-Saint-Laurent region at a glance

Territory and main cities
Economy and employment
Education and research
Portrait of immigration
Support services for settling and integrating in the region
Services to immigrants offered by the Ministère
Resources and interesting links

Territory and main cities

Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary, the Bas-Saint-Laurent region is made up of eight regional county municipalities (MRC - municipalités régionales de comté): La Matapédia, La Matanie, La Mitis, Rimouski-Neigette, Les Basques, Rivière-du-Loup, Témiscouata and Kamouraska. The region also consists of 114 municipalities. In 2020, it represented 2.3% of Québec’s population (197,987 inhabitants), ranking 13th among the administrative regions. The population is spread out over an area of 22,185 km2 with a density of nine inhabitants/km2.

The major cities of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup and Matane. One of the main characteristics of the region’s socio-economic fabric is its rural nature. In fact, 63% of the population lives in rural areas.

The Bas-Saint-Laurent landscape is rich in diversity. The cities and towns are built near or directly on the seashore, lakeshores, forested areas and farmland, which allows for a wide variety of lifestyles.

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Economy and employment

The Bas-Saint-Laurent enjoys a diversified economy. Its many small and medium businesses provide the region with economic stability. The region is rich in natural resources that are being used in increasingly innovative and environmentally-friendly ways. The Bas-Saint-Laurent region is known for its natural resources, as evidenced by its strong agri-food sector and its leading forestry industry.

New information technologies, marine technology and biotechnology, green construction, peat moss and water treatment are fast growing sectors. As is the case throughout Québec, the tertiary sector is the one that employs the most people.

A booming tourist region, the Bas-Saint-Laurent also has a dynamic cultural sector and continues to attract more and more young artists.

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Education and research

The Bas-Saint-Laurent’s higher education network includes the following institutions:

 

The region also boasts a solid research and technology transfer infrastructure that includes several research institutes and centres: the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, the Institut Maurice-LamontagneInnovation maritimeSolutions NovikaBiopterre, the Centre de développement et de recherche en intelligence numérique, the Centre de développement bioalimentaire du Québec and the Service de recherche et d’expertise en transformation des produits forestiers.

More than ever, the ocean science and technology sector is a major asset in the development of the Bas-Saint-Laurent. It is a veritable niche of excellence for all economic players in the region. A number of initiatives exemplify the potential of this sector, such as the Corporation technopole maritime du Québec and the implementation of the Centre de recherche en biotechnologies marines. Researchers from these centres promote the use of marine products and wastes as well as wood products and peat moss for the pharmaceutical, agri-food and environmental industries.

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Portrait of immigration

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region offers welcoming and settling services to newcomers in order to help them integrate and find employment. Several cultural communities are already present in the region, mostly from France, the United States, China, Haiti, Belgium and Colombia.

Support services for settling and integrating in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region

Services to immigrants offered by the Ministère

Resources and links of interest

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