Because of its privileged location, its inhabitants and its facilities such as the military base and the Cégep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Haut-Richelieu is a major RCM offering several competitive advantages.
Source: 2018 Annual Report – CEHR
The Haut-Richelieu region is located less than 40 kilometres from Montreal and its suburbs, which has a population of nearly 4 million and the highest industrial concentration in Quebec. It is also adjacent to the U.S. border, opening doors in Eastern Canada and the United States for investors from the region. Within a radius of 1000 kilometres, it is possible to reach 115 million consumers in major North American cities such as Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago and Detroit. There is a population of 119,311 inhabitants in the Haut-Richelieu in an area of 932 km². The major city, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, is the 11th largest city in Quebec and the 58th largest in Canada, with 96,371 inhabitants. The 13 peri-urban municipalities, which represent 90% of the territory, are mainly agricultural and have an average of 1,765 inhabitants per municipality. The estimated total peri-urban population is 22,940 inhabitants, representing 19% of the total population of the Haut-Richelieu.
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Quebec economic context is currently favourable and the Haut-Richelieu is no exception. Companies are competing for the best candidates and must offer attractive incentives to convince workers to choose their company. The vast majority of our companies offer employee benefits to their employees in addition to salary. It is not necessary to travel very far to access quality jobs with a range of benefits. Group insurance, pension plans, RRSPs, vacation, sick leave, etc. are just a few examples.
As a business partner, Hydro-Québec is committed to offer reliability and energy performance. When a new company seeks to establish itself in the Haut-Richelieu region, Hydro-Québec’s team must be notified as soon as possible. The objective is to enable the capacities of the local network to be adapted to the company’s needs.
More than 97% of Québec’s energy, which comes almost entirely from hydropower, is renewable. This clean and inexpensive energy is a distinctive feature that gives Québec an undeniable advantage on the North American market.
Sources: Investissement Québec
Haut-Richelieu region is very well served by telecommunications. The entire territory is covered to allow businesses and citizens to communicate and stay connected at all times. In addition to the two main players in Québec, Vidéotron and Bell, IHR Telecom offers telecommunications services such as Internet, television and fibre optic telephony. This is more than 1,400 customers covered since their opening in 2008.
Manufacturing companies wishing to establish themselves in the region will be able to count on four major industrial zones. The two main areas available are the Saint-Luc industrial zone and the Iberville industrial park. Some of the city’s land is also available at very attractive prices. The Lacolle and Saint-Alexandre industrial parks are very close to the American borders and also offer available lands. To find more information about the current offer of available land or industrial premises, visit our section on this subject.
According to the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum’s report on competitiveness, Canada’s banking system ranks second in the world. It is also the strongest among the G7 countries, thanks in particular to the presence of several of the most reliable banks in the world. It is also governed by a regulatory, supervisory and compensation infrastructure that ensures the stability, growth and competitiveness of Québec financial institutions.