Economic growth of regional gross domestic product: three regions stand out in 2013

Québec, September 10, 2014 – In 2013, Québec’s gross domestic product (GDP) at basic prices in current dollars stood at $339.5 billion. Growth reached 1.7%, the lowest rate recorded since 2009 (+0.9%). In 2011 and 2012, Québec’s growth was respectively 4.5% and 3.3%. However, all 17 Québec administrative regions reported GDP increases in 2013. Côte-Nord (+4.5%), Nord-du-Québec (+4.0%) and Abitibi-Témiscamingue (+3.5%) recorded the highest increases, followed by Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (+2.2%), Mauricie (+1.9%) and Bas-Saint-Laurent (+1.8%). This was revealed in the regional GDP data updated by the Institut de la statistique du Québec and disseminated on its website today.

The Capitale-Nationale, Laurentides and Centre-du-Québec regions posted a 1.7% growth, on par with Québec. Estrie, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Lanaudière experienced a 1.6% increase, while Montréal, Laval and Montérégie were up 1.5%. Finally, the lowest results were recorded by Chaudière-Appalaches (+1.4%) and Outaouais (1.1%).

Non-CMA areas of Québec fare better than all of Québec

The Québec territory outside census metropolitan areas (CMAs) increased its GDP by 2.1%, a rate higher than that of Québec (+1.6%), Sherbrooke (+1.6%), Montréal (+1.6%) and Gatineau (+1.0%). The CMAs of Saguenay and Trois-Rivières recorded growth rates of 2.4% and 2.2% respectively.


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