The northern Laurentians is typically mountainous and forested. It includes many lakes and natural reserves. The Antoine-Labelle RCM is the only regional county municipality (RCM) which covers this entire sub-region. Mont-Laurier is the most populated city with more than 14,000 habitants.
The forestry industry plays a strong role in the local economy of the Upper Laurentians. In addition to foresty, there are many companies that work across the value chain of wood transformation. These include Uniboard, Commonwealth Plywood, Fenomax and Forex. Companies in the construction sector, such as Structures Bois Fortin, Groupe Piché, Usitech and Bondu, are also strategically located near their wood suppliers.
The mining sector is also present, as IMERYS operates the only graphite mine in Quebec, which is a mineral of the future as it is an essential component for the production of batteries for electric vehicles. Kintavar, a mining exploration company, also has a project north of Mont-Laurier.
On top of that, poultry, maple syrup, dairy and apiculture companies have established themselves and perform very well in the Upper Laurentians. Such companies include Entreprises Pitre, Miels d'Anicet, Ferme la Rose des Vents and Ferme Krako-Venne. In the field of food processing, we find well-known businesses such as Laiterie des trois-vallées, Saputo Cheese and the Le P’tit Train du Nord cheese factory.
For entrepreneurs, land is currently for sale in the new Lièvre Industrial Park in Mont-Laurier where the price per square foot is among the most competitive in Quebec ($0.16/sq. ft.)! Attractive tax credits and business grants are also available. If you have the ambition to start a business project in the agri-food, forestry or tourism sectors, know that these are high potential markets for this sub-region!
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When arriving in the Central Laurentian, we first cross the city of Saint-Jérôme, which is the regional capital. A little further north, the landscape gradually changes to give way to several mountains, including numerous lakes and forests. It is in this natural paradise that we find the majority of the tourists who visit our region. The Central Laurentian is made up of three regional county municipalities (RCM): Rivière-du-Nord, Pays-d’en-Haut and the Laurentides.
This sub-region is a huge playground for nature lovers, outdoor sports and outdoor activities. Tourism is vibrant here. Our world-class ski resorts, golf courses, restaurants, slides, trails, spas, Nordic baths, shows and events attract approximately 9 million visitors per year! Professionals in recreation, tourism or hospitality can easily find a dream job in this sub-region. Many renowned employers are located in the Laurentian Heartland, such as Tremblant, Les Sommets, Mont-Habitant, Ski Chanteclerc, Hôtel Quintessence, Fairmont Tremblant, Westin Resort & Spa, Manoir Saint-Sauveur, Estérel Resort, Golf Le Diable and Le Géant, Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant, etc.
That said, since the Central Laurentian includes the regional capital, the City of Saint-Jérôme offers a host of high-quality job opportunities in the service sector, notably at the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux des Laurentides, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, Centre de services scolaires de la Rivière-du-Nord, Académie Lafontaine and even Correctional Service Canada.
Finally, several manufacturing companies firmly rooted in the Rivière-du-Nord RCM also offer very interesting jobs, namely Lion Électrique, Soucy Baron, Keywords Studios, Rayonese Textile, Rolland, ICC Cheminées, Meubles Foliot, Vulcain, Lev-Fab, Boulangerie Auger and Doppelmayr.
The southern part of the Laurentians and the lowest point of elevation is both the point of exit from Greater Montreal and the entrance to the Laurentians. Four regional county municipalities (RCMs) are grouped together in this sub-region: Argenteuil, Deux-Montagnes, Thérèse-De Blainville and Mirabel. Most of the population is located in these municipalities and development is on the rise. For example, the City of Mirabel has seen its population jump by an impressive 21% in the last five years!
Do you want to stay close to Montreal while also getting closer to the great outdoors? The Lower Laurentians is the perfect sub-region for you! What’s more, you’ll save on housing costs without having to compromise on your professional ambitions. Indeed, the Lower Laurentians offers many high-quality jobs.
Just think of the aeronautics hub located near the Aérocité internationale de Mirabel, which includes several major companies, such as : Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Pratt & Whitney, Mecachrome, Safran, Avianor, L3 MAS, Purolator, UPS and Cargojet.
The manufacturing sector is also very present with well-known companies such as Cascades, Trévi, Bauer, Foliot Furniture, Paccar, Kinova, Damotech, Commonwealth Plywood, Comact, Bain magique, Canada Goose, Métautek, Novabus, etc.
In addition to the numerous agricultural production companies (e.g., orchards, maple groves, horticultural or animal production, field crops, etc.), the Lower Laurentians also boasts an impressive pool of food processing companies, including Agropur, O’Sole Mio, Tour Eiffel, ConAgra Foods, Farinex, St-Hubert, La Petite Bretonne, Plaisirs gastronomiques, etc.