Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean intervention strategy
Profile and priorities of the most densely populated of the resource regions
Portrait of the regionTerritory and population
The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region has the highest population of the resource regions at 277,657 (2016), located in 49 municipalities and grouped into 4 regional county municipalities (RCM) and one census metropolitan area (Saguenay). The region also contains an Aboriginal community (Mashteuiatsh).
The strong sectors in the regional economy are wood, aluminum and, to a lesser extent, agri-food and tourism.
The presence of an aluminum industrial cluster, the largest forestry region in Quebec, presence of a university (UQAC) and several research and technology transfer centres, large-scale natural sites (Saguenay Fjord, Lac Saint-Jean, Monts-Valin), strong position in the bio-food sector (AgroBoreal certification).
Less diverse regional economy largely based on the forestry and aluminum production industries, aging population, population decline.
Priorities for action 2021*
- Businesses supported by CED are innovative and growing
- Innovation in the wood and aluminum processing sectors and in bio-food.
- Adoption of digital technologies by SMEs and Accelerated Growth Service offered by the business office.
- Increased SME productivity.
- Enhancement of marketing and exporting activities.
- Businesses and regions supported by CED participate in an economy geared toward clean growth
- Integration of new clean technologies by SMEs.
- Implementation of projects related to the circular economy.
- Development of bio-sourced products.
- Quebec communities benefit from strategic investment that promotes their economic diversification and participation in an inclusive economy
- Development and implementation of economic diversification strategies in certain parts of the region.
- Consolidation and development of the tourism offering.
- Establishment and development of SMEs, promoting the diversification of the local economy and job creation.
- Indigenous peoples benefit from CED programs and participate in Quebec's economic growth
- Establishment and launch of Aboriginal enterprises.
- Development and promotion of Aboriginal tourism.