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Economic Snapshot of the Quebec City Metropolitan Region

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8th largest metropolitan region in Canada (number of residents )
3 349 km2 Land area
807,211 Population (2016)
454,800 Working population (Q3-2017)
436,500 Number of jobs (Q3-2017)
$CA 34.6G GDP (2016)
$CA 44,404 Average income (2016)
$CA 36,128 Disposable income (2016)
4.0% Unemployment (Q3-2017)
$CA 3.5G Value of public and private investment projects underway or announced (2016)
$CA 9.5G Value of manufacturing exports (2012 data)
1,330 firms exporting outside Quebec (2010 data)

The Quebec City metropolitan region has undergone exceptional economic growth in recent years. Capitalizing on its diversified economy and the development of key industries with high growth potential, the region is now playing a key role on the world stage.

As the provincial capital and seat of the Quebec government, the region is home to the headquarters of 101 government agencies (accounting for 37,000 jobs), in addition to the Parliament Buildings (National Assembly). But it is also noted for the dynamic growth of four key industries: insurance and financial services, ITC and electronics, life sciencesfood processing and green and smart building.

This information centre includes reliable statistical data and rigorous analyses of the regional economic situation. In addition, please take a moment to look over our various publications:

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  • Reports and annual outlooks and quarterly analysis
  • Quarterly and monthly analyses of regional indicators (Unemployment rate, Value of building permits, GDP growth, etc.)
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Summary picture of the main economic indicators:

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  • Labour market
  • Investments
  • Residential housing market
 
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Economic statistics
Real GDP
 Q4-2016Q4-2015
Quebec City CMA+0.4% +0.1%
Quebec (province)+0.3%+0.2%
Canada+0.5% +0.1%
Labour market
 Q3-2017Q2-2017
Quebec City CMA436,500 (-0.5%)438,700 (-1.9%)
Quebec (province)4,231,467 (+0.5%)4,209,467 (+0.3%)
Job creation
 Q3-2017Q2-2017
Quebec City CMA-2,200-8,700
Quebec (province)+22,000 +13,467
Unemployment rate
 Q3-2017Q2-2017
Quebec City CMA4.0%4.4%
Quebec (province)6.0%6.2%
Capital investment
 2016f20152014
Quebec City CMA3.5 B$ (+12.0%)3.1 B$ (-12.4%)3.5 B$ (-11.3%)
Quebec (province)36.3 B$ (+7.1%)33.9 B$ (-1.3%)34.3 B$ (-10.6%)
Venture capital - Quebec City CMA
(total invested)
2015201420132012
69 M$ (+73.8%)39.7 M$ (+59%)25 M $ (-50.1%)50.1 M$ (+159.3 %)
Office buildings
(Q3-2017)
 Vacancy rateAverage net rent
Quebec City CMA9.3%11.65$ / sq ft
Downtown Quebec City8.5%11.79$ / sq ft
Ste-Foy8.5%9.00$ / sq ft
Northwest sector8.5%11.83$ / sq ft
Lévis6.2%n/a
Disposable personal income per capita
 2016
Quebec City CMA36,128$ (+2.3%)
Quebec (province)27,892$ (+3.8%)
Canada32,174$ (+2.7%)
Average wage
 2016
Quebec City CMA44,404$ (+1.9%)
Quebec (province)42,853$ (+2.7%)
Canada50,043$ (+1.6%)
Inflation rate
 20162015
Quebec City CMA+0.6% +1.0%
Quebec (province)+0.7%+1.1%
Canada+1.5%+1.1%
Retail Sales (B$)
 20162015
Quebec City CMA14.2 (+3.2%)13.8 (+3.4%)
Quebec (province)113.6 (+4.5%)108.7 (+0.5%)
Total population (M)
 20162036f
Quebec City CMA807,211 (+11% vs 2006)901,100 (+11.6% vs 2016)
Quebec (province)8,326,089 (+9.1 % vs 2006)9,394,700 (+12.8 % vs 2016)
Active population
 2016
Quebec City CMA459,500 (-1% vs 2015)
Quebec (province)4,444,800 (+0.3% vs 2015)
Housing starts - Quebec City CMA
Q3-20172,060 (+50%)
Q2-20172,208 (+39 %)
Q1-2017560 (+0.9%)
Q4-20161,249 (-10.4%)
Residential vacancy rate
 October 2016October 2015
Quebec City CMA4.9 %4.0 %
Quebec (province)4.4 %4.3 %
Sources: Conference Board of Canada, Statistics Canada, Quebec Institute of Statistics (ISQ), Emploi-Québec, Altus Group and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
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