The population

Surface of solid ground (2013) 2,905 km²
Population Density (2014) 7,9 inhabitants/km²
Total Population (2014) 22,916 inhab.
  0-14 yrs old 2,762 inhab.
  15-24 yrs old 2,150 inhab.
  25-44 yrs old 4,455 inhab.
  45-64 yrs old 8,173 inhab.
  65 + yrs old 5,376 inhab.
Inter-regional net migration (2013-2014) 149 inhab.
Demographic prospects (population variation 2036/2011) 14.8 %
Workers 25-64 yrs old (2013) 8,108
Rate of 25-64 yrs old workers (2013) 66.5%
Median employment income of 25-64 yrs old workers (2013) $33,938
Low-income families rate (2011) 9.0 %
Disposable income per capita (2013) $22,639
Total value of building permits (2014) $29,914
Average assessed value of single-family homes (2015) $172,632

References: Institut de la statistique du Québec, summary sheet by RCM

Growth prospects—projected population 2011-2036

The Institut de la statistique du Québec prepared a projection on the populations of Québec from 2011 to 2031, based on trends prior to 2011.

The following table shows that a growth of 14.8% is foreseen for the Papineau RCM, with an increase of 3,370 people between 2011 and 2036.

Population variations for the regional county municipalities of Québec—Scenario A—Reference 2011-2036

Code RCM Population Variation 2011-2036 Ranking
  2011 2036 MRC  
  n n %  
Outaouais 373,905 462,820 88,915 23.8  
82 Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais 46,910 61,246 14,336 30.6 10
81 Gatineau 268,838 339,089 70,251 26.1 16
80 Papineau 22,756 26,126 3,370 14.8 40
83 La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau 20,935 22,258 1,323 6.3 55
84 Pontiac 14,466 14,101 -365 -2.5 79

Various portraits

Below you will find various portraits presenting statistical data about the Papineau RCM and its 24 municipalities:

2011 National Household Survey information:

2011 Census:

The Economic Situation

The Papineau RCM is historically renowned for its green and blue treasures: forest and water. Today, its economy is dynamic and varied. Industry, tourism and agriculture are developing sectors.

Like Québec in its entirety, the forest industry has seen a strong decline. This has reinforced the establishment of the tourism sector, the resort community in particular. Moreover, numerous tourism centres recognized internationally are located on the Papineau RCM territory:  Kenauk Nature, Fairmont Château Montebello, Parc National de Plaisance, Lac-Simon Tourism Centre, Parks Canada - National historic site of Manoir-Papineau, and Parc Omega.

With companies such as Plancher Lauzon, Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc. and infrastructure like Parc Industriel Régional Vert de Papineau, second and third transformation of wood remain important manufacturing sectors of Papineauville's economy. Entrepreneurs from the Forest industry have successfully produced value-added specialty products, such as “smart” hardwood flooring.  Specialized employment in a quality environment awaits you.


The Papineau RCM boasts a diversified and flourishing agricultural production. According to the latest information from the MAPAQ, in 2010, the agricultural sector produced 28 million dollars in investments towards the local economy. 30% of certified organic agricultural businesses in the Outaouais region are located in this territory. Emerging sectors are vegetable production and niche animal production. The presence of deciduous forest offers a strong potential for the development of maple syrup and non-timber forest products (wild mushrooms, ginseng). In comparison to other regions of Québec and Canada, the value of agricultural land remains affordable: approximately $4,000/hectare. 

The public and parapublic sectors are also dominant in the regional economy; municipalities, school boards, and various health and social services are also major employers.

The Papineau RCM is a rural living environment that is near major urban centres and offers competitive economic opportunities.  

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Annual Household Expenditures of the Papineau RCM

Here are some interesting details about Papineau RCM household expenses, by category of expenditure:

Categories Subcategory Annual household spending $
Nutrition Food purchased from store $61,118,391
Food purchased from restaurant $13,856,104
Housing Primary residence $82,283,157
Other housing $4,876,999
Clothing Clothes (total) $22,404,993
Transportation Private transportation $80,234,127
Public transportation $1,828,280
Personal care Personal care supplies and equipment $5,870,544
Personal care services $4,258,020
Leisure Leisure equipment and related services $8,039,327
Recreational vehicles and outboard engines $10,404,600
Home entertainment equipment and services $5,790,936
Leisure services $10,262,829
Home maintenance Total $25,746,021
Household furnishings and equipment Total $14,918,408
Health care Total $18,808,199
Education Total $3,538,211
Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages Total $17,159.237
Reading and other printed material Total $2,232,542

* Reference: Geographic information module, Statistics Canada - 2011 Consumption

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Other Statistics

Property assessment data

Market research service

SADC de Papineau offers to businesses and organizations in its territory a strategic data research service to support decision-making regarding the business’s startup, expansion, or diversification project.