Regional Portraits

Laval (13)


Geography and administration

Corresponding to Île Jésus, Laval is Québec’s smallest region. It is bordered by Rivière des Prairies to the south and by Rivière-des-Mille-Îles to the north and is surrounded by the Montréal, Laurentides and Lanaudière regions.

Laval is both a city and a region. The Laval region has the second highest population density in Québec after the region of Montréal.

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Agriculture, fisheries and food

The agri-food industry plays an important role in the regional economy. The Laval region is located in the warmest part of Québec and has excellent soil.

The majority of the farming enterprises in the region focus on greenhouse cultivation as well as on market garden and fruit horticulture. They benefit from the proximity to Montréal, which is an important market for them. Taking advantage of this large population, Laval’s small and medium-sized farming enterprises can access short marketing circuits and farm sales to sell a good percentage of their produce.

The food processing sector is experiencing strong growth. Laval is also characterized by significant activities related to retail and other food services. The restaurant and food services sectors are in particular the largest employers of the regional bio-food industry. Lastly, the bio-food research community is also well positioned in the region.

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Economy and employment

The labour market in the Laval region is characterized by broad industrial diversity. Businesses in all sectors of the economy, including international companies, are located in this region.

The services sector remains the main engine of the region’s economy, as it provides the largest number of jobs. Health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, business services, information, culture and recreation, and retail commerce are all sectors expected to demonstrate healthy growth over the coming years.

The goods-producing sector has a non-negligible impact on the economy of the region. Laval has a dynamic manufacturing sector, especially in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, the manufacturing of metal products for the aerospace industry, and food processing.

It should also be noted that the construction sector is very active in the region, particularly with regard to the construction of condominiums, as is the horticulture and greenhouse cultivation sector.

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Tourism, recreation and culture

Laval is known for the diversity of its cultural and sporting activities. Other amusement and recreation options can meet the needs of different clienteles, whether from the region or elsewhere. For example, tourist routes are available to those who are interested in the various facets of agrotourism and in local products. The region also has historic neighborhoods which exude the warm atmosphere of heritage villages and will surely delight those who are nostalgic for life in “the good old days.”

In Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, one can partake in canoe, kayak or rabaska excursions. During winter, the park is frequented by cross-country skiers and skaters. Snowmobile lovers will be able, in their turn, to take full advantage of more than 60 kilometres of trails. Last but not least, the Centre de la nature, an urban park, offers year-round activities for the whole family.

For those who are thirsty for knowledge, a guided tour of the Rivière-des-Prairies generating station, in operation since the 1930s, the Cosmodome, and the Armand-Frappier Museum are all interesting educational activities. For those who enjoy other kinds of activities, the region boasts indoor surfing and rock climbing facilities, as well as skydiving and flying simulators.

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