Quebec and its areas: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Located between the north of Lac Saint-Jean and the mouth of the famous Saguenay fjord, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is often described as a country in its own right due to its isolation during a long winter period. Its inhabitants are nicknamed “Blueberries” due to the strong presence of this berry that grows in this territory, mainly in North America. The third largest region of Quebec, it has four national parks.

economic attractiveness

The AgroBoréal niche has been developed since 2013 and should be extended until 2024. Behind this unusual name are practices rooted in specific geographic and climatic conditions, associated with human factors, and which will characterize the different products of this terroir, described as boreal . Another developed niche: adventure tourism and ecotourism. Indeed, the region offers territories and landscapes that are home to true nuggets for the tourism sector. Finally, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean also focuses on the aluminum processing niche with its trademark protected in Canada, Europe and part of the Middle East: Vallée de l’aluminiumMD🇧🇷 The goal, by 2022, is to have the region recognized as an attractive and innovative hub for the sector.

job prospects

The hydroelectric sector is one of the main growth drivers in the Saguenay-Jean region, and the region is considering the construction of hydroelectric dams in the longer term. Responsible for 35% of Canadian aluminum production, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has many aluminum smelters and is also home to the Center québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA) and the Center des technology de aluminum ( NRC-CTA). Another promising sector in terms of employment: adventure tourism and ecotourism. More than 50 companies are already specialized in adventure tourism. Finally, the climate of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is an asset for the development of the agri-food sector. The most developed activity is milk production, followed by blueberries and arable crops.


Entrepreneurs in the region are increasingly turning to the social economy to carry out their projects. Several organizations allow them to develop ideas in this direction. The non-profit organization MicroEntreprendre Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is one of the most important players. Its actions facilitate the creation and development of businesses, namely through microcredit. The economic development company Promotion Saguenay mobilizes and supports entrepreneurs in the area and, in particular, supports foreign investors through training and financing. The Society for the Development of Communities of the Fjords (SADCF) also supports and encourages entrepreneurs within the framework of sustainable economic development.

student environment

The educational fabric in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is characterized by the predominance of environmental concerns in the teaching provided. After high school and before university, students have the opportunity to study in general and professional schools (Cégep). Three are present in the region: in Chicoutimi, Jonquière and Saint-Félicien. The region also has the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC), which annually receives 7,000 students of very different nationalities. It is also home to the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design (UQAC-NAD), which allows you to specialize in computer-generated imagery.

> Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in brief

  • Population: 278,791 inhabitants. (3.9% from Quebec)
  • Area: 95,761 kmtwo (7.4% from Quebec)

Sources: Quebec National Institute of Statistics🇧🇷

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