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Located at the entrance point to the Gaspé Peninsula, nestled between the St. Lawrence River and mountainous countryside, and traversed by a renowned salmon fishing river, Matane and its surrounding area (also known as La Matanie) offers an unparalleled quality of life. Home to close to 23,000 inhabitants, La Matanie is teeming with priceless human and natural resources, assets that we want to take advantage of in our future economic plans.
La Matanie has a very diversified economy. Known worldwide as a high-quality shrimp exporter, thanks to our processing plant, La Matanie is also renowned for the development of wind energy and is home to the largest wind farm in Quebec and two wind turbine manufacturing plants. Our industrial park is also home to several other companies in the naval construction, pulp and paper manufacture, food processing, and construction products and equipment manufacture fields. This diversity ensures economic stability and a versatile workforce. Additionally, there are plots of land available and ready to welcome new businesses.
There are many diverse tourist attractions in the area: a wildlife reserve, a salmon observation centre, hiking trails, artistic and cultural centres, festivals, a harbour, a ski resort, snowmobile trails… There really is something for everybody, all year round!
Matane isn’t just warm towards its inhabitants and welcoming to new arrivals, it’s also an ideal location for new businesses. With diversified maritime and land access, – Autoroute 20 and Route 132, a ferry linking the Côte-Nord and a local airport – Matane is a significant strategic centre.
The large industrial park and industrial zone port are also major assets for businesses, due to their location and the quality of their infrastructures.
In logistical terms, Matane has first-rate maritime infrastructures: two piers, a new ferry and a rail-freight ferry link. The deep-water port is one of the largest in Eastern Quebec, providing year-round access to international shipping.
The new economy also has its place in La Matanie. The Cégep de Matane offers 3D animation and digital imagery courses, which attract an impressive number of foreign students. There’s also the CDRIN (Centre de développement et de recherché en Imagerie numérique), specialized in motion capture, augmented reality and other cutting-edge digital applications. The CDRIN also provides a link between the education system and the industry through its knowledge transfer abilities and the development of specialized training programs.
Because of the variety of businesses, presence of educational institutions and proximity of high unemployment rate areas, Matane generates a highly diversified, quality workforce.
Creating jobs and wealth in La Matanie through mobilizing local entrepreneurs to unite and work together, that’s FIDEL.
La Matanie is exceptionally located, nestled between the St. Lawrence River and mountainous countryside. In fact, our fantastic salmon fishing river, wildlife reserve, lakes and rivers, and abundant game are all important assets we want to make the most of in the future for tourism. Establishing innovative activities showcasing our attractions will help prolong visitors’ trips.
Logistically, we have first-class maritime infrastructures: two quays, a new ferry and rail-freight transport. Our deep-water port makes us a leader along the Quebec waterway and for the development of Plan Nord.
Matane’s industrial park is home to several SMEs and some large businesses from various industries including, wind turbines, pulp and paper manufacture, wood, construction, and much more. This diversity guarantees stability through economic cycles and a diversified workforce. Furthermore, several plots are available for new businesses.
The new economy also has its place in Matane; the Cégep offers 3D animation and digital imagery courses, which attract an impressive number of foreign students. By offering these well-educated young people the support they need to start business projects in our region, we can enrich our community.
Commercially, by promoting the consumption of local goods and services to Matane citizens and businesses, we encourage entrepreneurs to increase their range of products and services, as well as their quality.
Being aware of our assets, understanding just how unique our quality of life is, uniting our efforts, encouraging our entrepreneurs, inciting pride and working together: these are the business opportunities the fantastic solidarity movement that is Fonds FIDEL can offer you!