Quebec is the largest of Canada’s ten provinces. Located in the country’s east, it shares over 12,000 kilometres of land and water borders with Ontario, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United States.
A few facts about Quebec:
- Forests cover over half of its surface area.
- With its 4,500 rivers and half a million lakes, Quebec has 3% of the planet’s freshwater supply.
- The St. Lawrence River, one of the planet’s largest rivers, runs through Quebec over nearly 1,200 kilometres.
- The Parc de la Montagne-Tremblante (today Parc National du Mont-Tremblant) is the first of 27 provincial parks and was created in 1895.
These resources have led to the establishment of important industries in Quebec: forestry, energy and mining. Quebec is Canada’s main pulp and paper producer, and its huge freshwater supply has made it the country’s largest hydroelectricity producer. Quebecers are leaders in high-tech industries, such as the pharmaceutical and aeronautical industries. Its cultural sector is also thriving. Indeed, the Quebec government has announced a $110 M investment over 7 years for the establishment of digital projects.
The many career programs offered in CEGEPs give students the opportunity to study, among other things, in these job-promising fields. Over 1.3 million jobs will need to be filled throughout various Quebec regions by 2024.
• Largest of Canada’s ten provinces
• 1,667,712 km2, which is 3 times France’s surface area
• Population: more than 8 million inhabitants
• Capital: City of Québec
• Official language: French
• Currency: the Canadian dollar
• Political system: parliamentary democracy