Welcome to Québec, the largest Canadian province and the only one where French is the first language of the majority of the population.

It boasts a vibrant and unique culture, different from that of the English-speaking citizens of Canada and the United States who surround it, as well as from that of France.

“Unique” is the mot juste to describe Quebec. The province is in a class of its own, with its immense territory and distinctive personality.

It is home to over 8 million people, including approximately 142,000 members of the 10 First Nations and the Inuit nation; descendants of the French colonizers who first arrived with Samuel de Champlain in 1608; and of the British who followed a little over 150 years later. Successive waves of immigration have included Irish, Italians, Portuguese, Chinese and European Jews. Today, newcomers continue to arrive from all over the world.

Comprised of 17 highly diverse regions: rural and urban, mountainous and maritime, French-speaking and cosmopolitan, Quebec is a land of rich contrasts, from the frozen Arctic to the fertile alluvial plains of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Massive pylons march south from the James Bay generating site (the largest in the world) through the mountains and forests, and across the lovely farmlands, carrying hydroelectric power to southern Quebec and beyond. Canoes glide quietly across peaceful lakes with only the sound of the loons to disturb the silence, while huge container ships bustle in and out of the port of Montreal, one of the busiest Atlantic container ports.

The diversified economy is powered by abundant natural resources, an expanding information technology sector and other cutting-edge industries. Its import-export performance makes it one of the world’s top 20 economies. Mineral resources are abundant, notably gold, iron, titanium, asbestos, copper, zinc and silver. Half of the land mass is forest. Quebec has a million lakes and rivers, including the majestic St. Lawrence, Canada’s greatest river, which runs from Ontario through Quebec to the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. To manage this natural wealth and optimize its contribution to the well-being of the people requires skill, knowledge and innovation, all of which are evident in Quebec business and life.

Facts:
  • Land mass: almost 1.7 million square kilometres (three times the size of Spain, five times the size of Japan, and larger than the largest US state Map of Quebec
  • Population (2007) 7 700 807
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy
  • Official Language: French
  • Capital: Quebec City
  • Higher Education: 18 universities

Useful Links:

Quebec Government Portal
Atlas Québec
(Atlas of Quebec) in French only

Bonjour Québec – official tourism site of the Government of Québec
“Québec … an immense territory that occupies the northeastern-most corner of North America, [is] unique for its history, language and culture. A place of freedom and creativity at the crossroads of the Old and the New World, where tradition and innovation combine with a contagious energy and joie de vivre!”
Québec International– overview, offices abroad, arts & culture, trade & investment and much more