Although consistently ranked one of Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities, Rivière-du-Loup is not one to rest on its laurels. The city continues to actively support its economic vitality. Come join us!
An unmatched entrepreneurial culture
City residents have business in their blood. But you don’t have to take our word for it: the Canadian Federation of Independent Business named Rivière-du-Loup the leader in its 2016 ranking of Canada’s best cities for entrepreneurs.
How can a small community of 20,000 people rival major centres? Our approach is simple: an attractive level of taxation, a stimulating climate and unmatched access to stakeholders. Add to the mix one of the most beautiful settings in Québec, and you have a welcoming haven for investors from near and far. If you’re going to succeed in business, why not do so in an idyllic region that also provides the perfect living environment for young families?
First in Canada
CFIB 2016 award for most entrepreneurial cities
A strong local economy
Quality municipal infrastructure promotes the establishment and expansion of businesses in our community. The city has established an assistance program in the form of tax credits for certain industrial and para-industrial companies, while various local organizations support and guide their growth.
In recent years, the city has invested more than $2.2 million to develop its industrial park. In this vast sand lot, more than 100,000 m2 of land is still available for those who dream of building something big.
Partial or total
Very competitive land prices
An attractive, dynamic business district
Centred on bustling Lafontaine Street, the downtown area also offers attractive business opportunities. In recent years, specialty restaurants and shops have opened to capitalize on the steady summer tourist traffic and serve local customers in winter.
120 000 m2
industrial land available
A strategic crossroads
Rivière-du-Loup’s geographic location is also a major asset for entrepreneurs. Sitting halfway between Montréal and Gaspé, Rivière-du-Loup is also very close to New Brunswick and the State of Maine in the northeastern United States. From here, it is easy to get to anywhere by land, sea or air, thanks to the proximity of a regional airport, ferries across the river and the modern rail network.
This special location, in a natural setting with many blessings, also ranks the city among the fastest growing business tourism destinations of recent years. Our three convention centres can accommodate up to 1,900 people. For your business, choose Rivière-du-Loup. Everything in one place. Contact our economic development office now.
1 hour 15 minutes
from the United States border in Maine
from Edmundston, New Brunswick
from Québec City
by ferry from Charlevoix and the North Shore
an ocean port
Service du développement économique
Créé en 2016, le Service du développement économique aide les entreprises ambitieuses à s’épanouir sur le territoire de la ville de Rivière-du-Loup. Il s’assure également de la mise en œuvre des actions prioritaires de la Ville en cette matière.
- Accompagnement, orientation et référencement
Porte d’entrée de la Ville pour tous les entrepreneurs qui caressent des projets de démarrage, d’expansion ou de relocalisation, le Service du développement économique les accompagne dans leurs différentes démarches. Il agit également comme entremetteur avec les organisations susceptibles de les aider dans la réalisation de leurs projets d’affaires.
- Soutien à la rétention, à l’expansion et à la croissance d’entreprises existantes
Première ville entrepreneuriale au Canada en 2016, la Ville de Rivière-du-Loup encourage l’innovation, la diversification et l’expansion industrielles, commerciales et économiques. Pour ce faire, le Service du développement économique offre une assistance personnalisée aux entrepreneurs. En collaboration avec divers intervenants socioéconomiques présents sur le territoire, il les aide à trouver les ressources techniques et financières appropriées dans la poursuite de leurs activités et la réalisation de leurs projets d’affaires.
- Développement industriel et commercial
Le Service du développement économique travaille continuellement à la promotion des avantages et des occasions d’affaires que la Ville offre ainsi qu’à la prospection d’entreprises qui pourraient caresser des projets d’implantation sur son territoire. Il accueille et informe les promoteurs intéressés, en plus de les orienter dans la recherche d’un terrain ou d’un local pour l’établissement de leur entreprise et de les accompagner dans la mise en œuvre de leur projet.
- Soutien aux initiatives et projets collectifs
Dans le but de trouver et de mettre en œuvre des solutions permettant de répondre à des besoins ciblés, le Service du développement économique collabore aux projets issus de groupe d’entrepreneurs et les soutient.
65, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, C. P. 37
Rivière-du-Loup (Québec) G5R 3Y7
Téléphone : 418 867-6660
Calls for tenders currently open
Pursuant to the Cities and Towns Act (RSQ c C-19), to award any contract for services, construction or supply, except as provided by law, the City of Rivière-du-Loup must issue a public call for tenders when the expenditure totals $100,000 or more. For contract values between $25,000 and $99,999.99, the city proceeds by call for tenders by invitation only.
Public calls for tenders issued by the City of Rivière-du-Loup are open to all bidders who meet the administrative, legal and technical requirements.
Public calls for tenders of $100,000 or more are published in the weekly Info Dimanche and on the Système électronique d’appel d’offres (SÉAO) website.
View the list of calls for tenders currently open.
(list of calls for tenders currently open, with link to the SÉAO fact sheet)
The venture path
Section 1 — Where should I locate my project?
The city’s planning inspector is the best contact person to advise you on where to site your project. He not only is well aware of sites available in the market but can also point you toward areas of the city where your project is already allowed under planning bylaws, and if necessary, to available land. A meeting with an inspector very early in the process for implementing your project can spare you many unnecessary steps.
In some cases where city planning rules may not allow your project on a given site, that site may be grandfathered. In that case, the inspector will inform you about the limitations on the grandfathered rights and the constraints this may pose for your project.
Section 2 - Does the intended site possess the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the planned construction or use, and does it meet the required environmental conditions?
If a street or water or sewer line must be extended:
- An agreement on extending utility lines or a street must be approved by City Council. The inspector can help you steer your application through the technical services process.
- To extend water, sewer or storm drain lines, a project must be submitted to the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCCC), to obtain the required approvals.
If a simple connection to existing systems is needed:
- The inspector will forward your application to the city’s technical section.
With the assistance of a specialized company, the purchaser should ensure that the site is free of environmental constraints, such as:
- Soil contamination;
- Presence of wetlands or a watercourse.
Section 3 — What planning standards apply to my construction project?
All new projects must comply with the planning bylaws in force. You should contact a planning inspector to learn about these BEFORE you apply for a permit. These bylaws specifically govern:
- Outdoor storage;
- Layout of parking lots and service roads;
- Commercial signage;
- Building security;
- Spaces for bins (waste, recyclables, organics).
Note that some types of construction are subject to the Architects Act.
In this case, the permit application must be accompanied by plans produced by an architect.
You should contact a planning inspector to determine the cases in which this requirement applies.
Section 4 – Plans to perform work on an existing building without changing its current use
You must meet with an inspector to check the planning bylaws applicable and obtain a permit for your work.
If the building is located in the central district (Lafontaine Street) or in a heritage area, all work with an impact on the building exterior (including a change to commercial signage) is subject to a special approval process.
- The project must be analysed by the planning advisory committee (CCU), which meets once a month. (Calendar of CCU meetings)
- After receiving the CCU’s recommendation, the Municipal Council must pass a resolution authorizing issue of the construction permit.
Section 5 – Your project involves a change of use of the building, since you are establishing a company with different operations than those previously conducted on the site.
You must meet with a planning inspector to obtain a building occupancy certificate.
The planning inspector will tell you whether the change in use requires a building upgrade under the building code to make it safer.
If so, you will be required to submit architect’s plans detailing the required upgrades or certifying building compliance with the building code.
The building inspector will validate whether the change in use will be subject to parking standards. A new use often entails different parking requirements. If so, you may be required to complete development work.
Note that the installation or redevelopment of parking spaces may include a requirement to install runoff retention structures. If so, the inspector will refer you to the city’s technical services office which can inform you of the applicable requirements.
If you plan to perform work on the building, section 4 applies, in addition to this section.
Section 6 – An amendment of planning bylaws is necessary.
You must submit a motion for amendment to the Municipal Council, which will make a decision based on the CCU’s recommendation. The fee for filing a motion for amendment is $20.
Once your motion has been approved by council, the bylaw amendment process begins. The steps in this process are stipulated by the legislation.
This process generally includes a public consultation and publication of notices to enable citizens to request that a log be opened and a referendum be held.
In a “normal” situation where passage of the amendment encounters no opposition, you should allow two or three months between adoption of the initial draft bylaw and the date it takes effect (by receipt of the notice of compliance from the MRC).
To request an amendment, two approaches are possible.
- Expedited adoption, which starts the process as soon as your request is approved by council. However, this approach involves a cost of $1,000 for publication of the legal notices.
- Inclusion of the requested amendment in a “biannual bundle of amendments.” This option is free. Two bundles are adopted each year: usually at the end of spring and the start of winter. To use this option, applications must be submitted to the Planning Department before mid-October or mid-April.
For any additional information about your business venture, do not hesitate to contact us:
Economic Development Director
Phone : 418 867-6625
Urban Planning Director
Phone : 418 867-6699
To properly identify the potential locations for your venture, we urge you to contact the Economic Development department (418 867-6625 or firstname.lastname@example.org). It will be able to assist you with your search and can put you in touch with the city’s appropriate offices.
The Centre local de développement for the Rivière-du-Loup region also maintains a current, complete list of industrial and commercial offices, buildings and land available for purchase or lease in our area.
Lots available in the industrial park
The new serviced lots are reserved for manufacturing companies and priced at the competitive rate of $5.95/m2.
This price excludes:
- Property taxes;
- Non-residential buildings tax (NRB);
- Water and sewer tax;
- Waste collection cost;
- Cost of runoff holding structures.
Note that no special or sector tax applies.
- Tax credit program for certain industrial or para-industrial companies promoting sustainable development
- Technical support and assistance provided by the city during land acquisition
- One to three-room furnished apartments available nearby, rented by the day, week or month, as affordable hotel accommodations
- High-speed Internet access (fibre optic installed)