According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) annual survey of the ranking of entrepreneurial communities in Canada for 2016, the agglomeration of Joliette ranks 4th among Quebec cities of average size (less than 150,000 inhabitants) for the quality of its entrepreneurial policies.

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Highly Competitive Costs


An advantageous range of financial incentives contributes to the reduction of operating expenses for companies that locate in the greater Joliette region.


ELECTRICITY RATES AMONG THE MOST COMPETITIVE IN QUEBEC

With its own proprietary hydroelectricity distribution network, Hydro-Joliette is able to offer competitive electricity rates. Companies that set up operations in the greater Joliette and which meet the construction and job creation
criteria are eligible for credits.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS

On average, construction costs are $120 per square foot for an industrial quality steel structure, including costs for office space. The region can provide investors with construction contractors that have excellent reputations and are responsible for major achievements across Quebec.

ADVANTAGEOUS LABOR COSTS

The average weekly salary in the region is lower than the Quebec average.

Lanaudière:  $ 869,20 per hour

Total Québec: $ 884,49 per hour

Source: Institut statistiques du Québec

AN ATTRACTIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

In the 2016 survey of the Canadian Federation of Independent Entrepreneurs (CFIB), the agglomeration of Joliette recorded a rise in the « presence » sign, signifying the importance of the growth of entrepreneurship during the year. Growth in this indicator suggests that a community has a greater capacity to attract new entrepreneurs or experienced entrepreneurs in addition to offering good business opportunities and superior job growth.

NUMEROUS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Each of the 10 municipalities in the Joliette RCM has a primary school. In addition, there are well-known private primary and secondary schools in the region. These educational institutions offer a wide variety of extracurricular sports, cultural or intellectual activities.

A PROVINCIAL UNIVERSITY NETWORK

The region hosts a recognized francophone university institution, the regional campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE

A regional hospital, the Regional Hospital Center of Lanaudière (CHRDL), meets the needs of the population and provides specialized services to residents. The health and social services network also includes:
– 150 community organizations
– 13 family medicine groups (FMGs) providing access to 159 family physicians
– 125 residential unit complexes for the elderly

SOME OF THE GREAT EMPLOYERS LOCATED IN THE JOLIETTE RCM

Bridgestone-Firestone CanadaKruger Products Ltd. – Groupe Gaudreault Inc.Danfreight Systems Inc.Groupe CRHVideotron (Call Center)Groupe Patrick MorinTriotechGroupe EBI Harnois Groupe pétrolierGraymont.