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Beauharnois-Salaberry boasts big jump in jobs

The Beauharnois-Salaberry region is booming. The latest employment bulletin produced by HEC Montreal’s Chair in Innovation and Regional Development for the Montreal Metropolitan Community reports the number of jobs in Beauharnois-Salaberry grew by 6.1 per cent in 2022, while job growth within the Montreal metropolitan region grew by 3.4 per cent as a whole.

The study notes that at least 1,363 new jobs were created within the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry between 2021 and 2022. It characterizes this boost in employment as a “general acceleration” brought on by a combination of demographic growth in recent years, including migration influenced by the pandemic, and a certain economic dynamism within the territory.

As of 2022, all the municipalities in the MRC saw an increase in population with the exception of Saint-Urbain-Premier. According to the study, the population could continue to expand by up to 50 per cent over the next decade. Job opportunities have grown in almost all sectors within the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, where 65 per cent of all jobs are located. Since 2016, the biggest jumps in employment have taken place in the city of Beauharnois and the municipality of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague.

“Job growth, major construction projects, rising demographics: many indicators confirm that our region is booming, and that it’s a great place to settle and invest,” says Miguel Lemieux, the prefect for the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry and mayor of Valleyfield.

The completion of Autoroute 30 has helped to attract a large number of businesses to the region, which also benefits from major railway and port infrastructure as well as the Beauharnois hydroelectric power station. International companies such as IKEA, Kerrigan, Dr. Pepper Canada, and Hart Stores have all recently opened distribution centres in the region, boosting jobs in warehousing and trucking activities by 26.6 per cent.

The arrival of these businesses has generated significant industrial investment while increasing employment in specialised construction sectors, including furniture and cabinet manufacturing, which jumped by 46.8 per cent, and technical equipment installation, which rose by 45.5 per cent. Other expanding sectors include chemical manufacturing, which added 32 per cent more jobs, while hiring accelerated by 48.2 per cent in the field of education, particularly at the CEGEP or college level. (SR)

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