Panorama des régions du Québec: the Montréal region stands out

Québec, July 18, 2017. – Based on the most recent regional data available, the Institut de la statistique du Québec has published the Panorama des régions du Québec, édition 2017 on its website today.This publication analyzes, compares and illustrates the evolution of the 17 administrative regions according to various themes: demography, living conditions, health, education, employment, economic activity, and several more. It reveals that:

  • The Montréal region is in a favourable position according to several indicators:
    • GDP growth in 2015 was the strongest of all Québec regions.
    • Employment has increased significantly over the past ten years.
    • It is the only region where demographic growth accelerated between 2011 and 2016 compared with the 2006-2011 period.
    • The rate of low-income families dropped by 1.9 percentage points between 2010 and 2014, but remains nonetheless among the highest in Québec.
    • The region has, by far, the highest rate of university graduates.
    • It also has the lowest proportion of people with a chronic health condition.

  • On the economic front, the Outaouais region did not fare as well:
    • GDP did not increase as rapidly as in the rest of Québec.
    • Disposable income per capita increased more slowly.
    • The rate of low-income families is among the highest in the province.
    • The average value of single-family homes grew at a slower pace than in the province as a whole.

  • The regions of Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches performed well in various areas:
    • Capitale-Nationale is the region where disposable income per capita was the highest in Québec in 2015. Chaudière-Appalaches is the region where it grew the most between 2011 and 2015.
    • These two regions had the lowest unemployment rates in 2015.
    • Lone-parent families have higher incomes in those two regions.
    • The Québec tourism region recorded a significant increase in the number of accommodation units rented in 2016, up for a third year in a row.
    • In 2016, dairy receipts were up in Chaudière-Appalaches. It was also the top-ranking region in terms of the number of dairy farmers and milk production.

  • After experiencing a slowdown, mining investment seems to have stabilized in the mining regions of Côte-Nord and Abitibi-Témiscamingue:
    • After dropping 46.1% in 2015 due to the collapse in iron ore prices, the value of the Côte-Nord region’s mineral shipments was up 38.8% in 2016.
    • In 2016, Abitibi-Témiscamingue also saw its mineral shipments increase, and mining investment was up in the region.
    • However, in Nord-du-Québec, the value of mineral shipments and mining investment were both down in 2016.

Two new themes in this edition:

  • Renewable energy: Nord-du-Québec and Côte-Nord have the highest power capacity (mainly hydroelectric). As for wind power, nearly two thirds of the province’s capacity is concentrated in the regions of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Bas-Saint-Laurent.
  • Home property values: The region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue stood out with one of the largest increases in average property values between 2013 and 2017, for both single-family houses and condominiums.

Statistics by RCM

This publication also includes a special section that looks at regional county municipalities (RCMs) in terms of three key indicators: population, disposable income per capita and rate of workers. An analysis of the evolution of these indicators reveals that there can be significant disparities among RCMs in the same region.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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