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					Mont-Laurier
A BUSINESS HUB
WORTH DISCOVERING
It is always interesting to be part of a community that has
a modern outlook, a skilled workforce, and is at the epicen-
tre of major development axes.

With links to Montréal and Boston to the southeast, Ottawa
and Washington to the south via Interstate 81 in the U.S.,
and to all the mining and hydroelectric potential of Abitibi
and James Bay completely to the north, Mont-Laurier plays
an important role.

The Hautes-Laurentides region is characterized by a
healthy balance of forestry, industrial, commercial and
tourism activities that are unique and warrant a visit here.

Mont-Laurier’s location—in the heart of the major markets
listed above—explains the expansion of the lumber sector
into secondary and tertiary processing products with more
added value. We invite investors who are interested in
partnering with us in this area of activity to visit Mont-
Laurier and meet with us to discuss the great potential of
our reception facilities.

The region is located a mere two hours from Montréal and
offers a wealth of activities: hunting, fishing, outdoor
sports and adventure tourism. Mont-Laurier and the
               Hautes- Laurentides afford access to vast
                   stretches of public lands and hundreds
                     of wilderness lakes, as well as a wide
                       variety of accommodations, resorts
                        and restaurants.

                       This favourable location has encou-
                      raged several of our entrepreneurs
                      to specialize in home-grown pro-         OUR SPECIAL FEATURES
                      ducts, such as cheeses, marinades,       • Mont-Laurier has a regional hospital, offers several levels
                     jams and local beer.                        of education, including university, and has more than
                                                                 800,000 m2 of land for light and heavy industry
                    In short, one can savour all the plea-
                      sures of Mont-Laurier while sharing      • Mont-Laurier and its regional municipality receive
                              our joie de vivre and forming      investments from the major regions of Montréal and
                                solid business partnerships.     Gatineau for its resort sector. La Macaza international
                                                                 airport (with customs services) provides weekly flights
                                                                 to and from New York City
                                                               • Sustained population growth, the result of its location
                                                                 at the crossroads of three administrative regions. A
                                                                 population that doubles in the summer months
                                                               • Mont-Laurier affords access to some 60 outfitters, six
                                                                 controlled harvesting zones (ZEC), two wildlife reserves
                                             Michel Adrien,      and more than 10,000 km2 of mixed forest, which
                                                     Mayor       supports major conversion activities

                                                               A mayor . . . a community
                                                                                                LOCATION
                                                                      Mont-Laurier             is unmatched for all transportation
                                                                      of goods from Montréal to northern Québec.
                                                                      99 km from Mont-Tremblant
                                                                      186 km from Ottawa
                                                                      230 km from Montréal
                                                                      398 km from Rouyn-Noranda
                                                                      475 km from Québec
                                                                      662 km from Toronto




                                                                                          POPULATION
                                                                      Mont-Laurier has a population of 14,202, which
                                                                      doubles in the summer months. Including the region,
                                                                      it has 34,999 inhabitants.




                                                                                          WORKFORCE
                                                                      The regional municipality has a labour pool
                                                                      of some 21,000 workers.
                                                                      MAJOR AREAS OF ACTIVITY
                                                                      • Agriculture and forestry: 6%
                                                                      • Businesses and services: 54%
ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES                                                   • Manufacturing and construction: 17%
• The regional economy is tied mainly to the forestry sector,         • Finance and real estate: 3%
  which accounts for 70% of the primary and industrial jobs           • Health and education: 20%
• Mont-Laurier is a nature destination throughout the four            LANGUAGES SPOKEN (pop. 15 and older)
  seasons, generating several thousand jobs year-round (shops,        • French .................................................................................83%
  cultural and sports activities, gastronomy, accommodations,         • Bilingual..............................................................................17%
  construction and others)
                                                                      EDUCATION LEVEL
• Education and health services are firmly established
                                                                      • Elementary and high school........................................71%
• The region’s agriculture is specialized in milk production
                                                                      • College................................................................................16%
  (three cheese factories)
                                                                      • University ...........................................................................13%
SERVICES
• Mont-Laurier is a central town with
  many administrative and public services
• A transportation hub, 9,000 vehicles a day use Highway 117
                                                                                     QUALITY OF LIFE
• Presence of a high-voltage hydroelectric line
• Availability of a light industry park and another park              •   More than 100 lakes in the greater area
  in the immediate surrounding area for heavy industry,               •   39 outfitters with exclusive rights (out of 60)
  mechanical workshops, and other activities                          •   3 wildlife reserves, 500 rooms
                                                                      •   2,500 km of snowmobile trails
                                                                      •   Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES                                                •   Regional hospital
FORESTRY SECTOR                                                       •   1 downhill ski centre
Mont-Laurier is in the heart of an accessible mixted forest of        •   Two 18-hole golf courses (RMC)
over 10,000 km2. The regional workforce is highly skilled in
wood processing. Mont-Laurier is seeking investors specialized
in this sector, including appearance wood and modular units.
                                                                      CONTACT
INTERNATIONAL TOURISM SECTOR
                                                                      Yvon Cormier
All the necessary infrastructures are already in place or in the
                                                                      Director General, CLD Antoine-Labelle
project stage, including more than 60 outfitters. Business
                                                                      (local development centre)
opportunities for all types of projects: health spa, conference
                                                                      Tel.: 819 275-1444
centre, luxury real estate, adventure tourism, cultural activities,
                                                                      Fax: 819 275-3651
storefront counters for locally prepared foods, and more.
                                                                      y.cormier@cld-antoine-labelle.qc.ca
                                                                      www.cld-antoine-labelle.qc.ca
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                                                                      www.villemontlaurier.qc.ca

				
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