Did you know that Rivière-du-Loup is one of Canada’s entrepreneurial leaders? We’re not making this up! The Canadian Federation of Independent Business gave us top rank in its annual classification. Wouldn’t you rather do business with the leader?
With a population approaching 20,000, Rivière-du-Loup is the administrative centre of the Regional County Municipality (MRC) of the same name, home to 33,958 people. Its commercial and economic influence extends far beyond this territory.
Located in the heart of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, the city is considered a veritable crossroads of regional services and development. Halfway between Montréal and Gaspé, it is close to New Brunswick, the State of Maine and, across the St. Lawrence River, Charlevoix, the Saguenay and the North Shore, connected by ferry service.
Rivière-du-Loup is easy to reach by a well-developed highway, rail, air and sea network. The hub of major highways in eastern Canada is also located in Rivière-du-Loup.
Although natural resource extraction and processing is a key component of the local economy, industrial, commercial and service sectors, such as tourism and culture, also form an integral part of our business mix.
Another interesting point: Rivière-du-Loup is home to many organizations and associations that support economic vitality and stimulate entrepreneurship.
Our main economic sectors
- Peat and agro-environmental
- Food processing
- Metallurgy, glass
- Information technology and remote sensing
- Financial services
An entrepreneurial crossroads with a promising future
In recent years, the City of Rivière-du-Loup has taken tangible initiatives to ensure its economic, social and environmental progress and position itself as an entrepreneurial crossroads with a strong future, and a sustainable development leader.
As a sign of the success of this strategy, Rivière-du-Loup was named Canada’s top entrepreneurial city in 2016 by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, based on:
- Future perspectives, reflected in forecast entrepreneurial performance, investment intentions, recruiting of full-time employees, general status of companies, and number of construction permits issued;
- Actual entrepreneurial presence, measured in part by the increase in business establishments prorated to population and the share of total employment represented by self-employee workers;
- Municipal policies in force (taxes, bylaws, administrative costs, etc.) that favour business development.
In 2015, Rivière-du-Loup was already ahead of the pack, taking first place in Québec in this same ranking. The number of companies (850, including self-employed workers) is clear evidence of this strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Population 19 507 personnes Average age (MRC) 44,5 ans Demographic outlook (MRC) + 2,4 % d’ici 2036
City area 84,76 km2 Average population density 230,9 habitants/km2 Median employment income, 25-64 years (MRC) 36 732 $ Disposable income per capita (MRC) 24 974 $ Total value of building permits (MRC) 45 929 $ Average assessed value of single-family homes (MRC) 173 255 $
Sources : Recensement canadien de 2016 et Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Number of companies and organizations
Stores and services 417 Manufacturing companies 42 Agricultural operations (farms) 14 Financial intermediaries 33 Professional services 81 Accommodation and food services 83 Social and health services 122 Educational institutions 23 Construction companies 63 Transportation companies 36 Government and public services 29 Teaching services 23 Entertainment and recreation 30
Source : CLD de la région de Rivière-du-Loup
Company or organization Economic sector
Number of employees (2017)
CISSS, Rivière-du-Loup facility Health 1500 Premier Tech Horticulture, agriculture, biotechnology, industrial equipment 1050 Commission scolaire Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup Education 912 Viandes du Breton Agri-food 550 Lepage Millwork Manufacture of doors and windows 340 Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup Education 300 Prelco Glass processing 250 Ville de Rivière-du-Loup Municipality 207 Papiers White Birch -
Pulp and paper 200