Capitale-Nationale (Québec region)
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The Capitale-Nationale region at a glance

Territory 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

Territory and main cities

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:

Québec City
Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO and the only fortified city north of Mexico, Québec City offers a rich and diverse cultural life. It is the seat of the provincial government and the main service centre for all of eastern Québec. A very safe city, it boasts one of the lowest crime rates in North America (less than 5%). Québec City celebrated its 400th birthday in 2008.

Charlevoix region (with the MRCs of Charlevoix, Charlevoix-Est and  Côte-de-Beaupré)
Recognized as a major tourism and cultural destination, and a world biosphere reserve, Charlevoix boasts vast forests and a rich maritime heritage. The region is also home to many painters and artisans.

MRC of Portneuf
Recognized for its outstanding agro-industrial sector, its wealth of natural resources and its metal processing industry, Portneuf is also a historical gem, home to one of Québec’s oldest seigneuries.

Economy and employment

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):

  • 46.6% have 1 to 4 employees;
  • 47.5% have 5 to 49 employees. 

 For more information, consult Emploi-Québec’s job market website.

Useful links – Statistical data and business start-up support

Portrait of immigration

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.

Support organizations for settling and integrating in the Capitale-Nationale region

Services to immigrants offered by the Ministère

Resources and interesting links


To learn more

Contact the Centre de contacts clientèle or consult the directory of services offered by the Ministry’s partners.


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