Explore the Regions: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
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The vast territory of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean stretches from north of Lac Saint-Jean to the mouth of the famous Saguenay fjord. This unique region boasts a diversified and prosperous economy and offers all the comforts of the city alongside the many pleasures of nature.


Population : 279,949 inhabitants

Area : 95,761 km²

Cities : Saguenay, Alma, Roberval

Emerging economic sectors : Aluminum, hydroelectricity, agrifood, metals and metallurgy, adventure tourism and ecotourism

Economy and employment

The region’s industries, always on the lookout for new technologies, fully benefit from a network of outstanding educational and research institutions and a dynamic socioeconomic environment. First developed on the basis of its abundant forests, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s economy has been transformed by its immense hydroelectric potential, which has made it possible to operate aluminum smelters, which produce 35% of Canada’s aluminum.

Other sectors contribute to the growth of the region, most notably the agrifood industry, with its dairy and grain production, dairy and meat processing and blueberry growing and processing; the manufacturing sector, with its metal processing, metallurgy and wood processing; and the adventure tourism and ecotourism sector.

To learn more

Newcomers can take advantage of support from partner organizations in the region to help them with the settlement and integration process.

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