The Almatois do not earn more than the Robervalois and Upper Lake has a rate almost as high as Saguenay workers. Unlike most regions of Quebec, the MRC du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean did not show significant differences on salary and the number of workers. This is the conclusion of the last portrait Panorama of Quebec regions published by the Statistical Institute of Quebec.
Disposable income (after taxes), which remained stable with just under $ 25,000 per capita is relatively homogeneous in the region. It’s in Saguenay (which MRC status) that wages are highest at $ 25,000, and the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM they are the lowest, at $ 23,000. The salary remained stable in all the MRC, with the exception of the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay that suffered a decline of 0.6%.
No RCM Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, however, has a disposable income higher than the provincial average of $ 26,046.
As for the number of workers, the region is found in mid-pack. No MRC does not appear in the top 10 MRC with the lowest scores. And the gap between the MRC of the area is, again, almost nonexistent. Saguenay has the highest percentage of workers, with 71.5%, while the Fjord-du-Saguenay has the lowest rate with 68.8%.
“The region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is one where there is the least difference between the MRC in the percentage of workers. We see the same thing in wages. There are only three areas that stand out in this way in Quebec. Moreover, disparities and contrasts within regions are greater. It is difficult to give a reason, but the type of industry can explain this situation. There may be less diversity in economic activities than in some other regions, “drops Marie-Helene Provencal, project manager at the Institut de la statistique du Quebec.
The region has a rate of workers a little over 70%, below the provincial average of 75%. Not surprisingly, it is in the MRC bordering urban centers of Montreal and Quebec experiencing the highest growth for workers.
The region has 577 people less than in 2014. On 1 July 2015, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean had a population of 277 209. At the same date in 2014, 277 786 people lived in the region. A result, canceling the slight increase had known the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, after a population-decline occurred between 2001 and 2006. The growth rate is zero between 2011 and 2015.
Almost all the MRCs in the region experienced a population decline. But the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay continues to stand by an increase in the number of its citizens. Indeed, this sector saw its population increase gradually in recent years. Between 2011 and 2015, its growth rate reached 11%, which is higher than the provincial average of 8%.
MRC Maria-Chapdelaine experienced the largest decrease for the same period with a negative rate of 4.4%. Domaine-du-Roy and Saguenay followed with declines of 2% and 0.5%. Lac-Saint-Jean-Est had recorded an increase in 2014. But the RCN lost many citizens in 2015, which earned him a growth rate of 0% between 2011 and 2015.
Encouraging economic outlook
The economic outlook for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, if we rely on the last picture of the Statistical Institute of Quebec. Ten of the 17 regions of the province will see their investments grow, according to the 2015 outlook for capital expenditures. And it is in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (34.3%) and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (24%) growth is expected to be most pronounced.
It is mainly the goods-producing industries that act as an engine for investment in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
“The region is the second in Quebec in terms of investments. These are the prospects for 2015, so did everything will happen in 2016? We can at least say it’s positive result. And especially promising, “says Marie-Hélène Provençal, project manager at the Institut de la statistique du Quebec.
Between 2014 and 2015, there is an increase in investment in construction in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean who still ranks second in this area, with a jump of 24%.
Private vs. public
Private investment should also exceed government contributions, announce the prospects for 2015. The government plans to invest $ 454 million, while the private sector plans to spend over a $ billion.
There are only three other regions in Quebec that could receive less public investment. In Montreal, for cons, some $ 11 billion would be invested, half of which comes from government.