The demographic decline is marked on the North Shore

Le déclin démographique est marqué sur la Côte-Nord

The Côte-Nord region of the province where the decline in population has been the fastest over the past three years, according to the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Two thousand people have left the North Shore from 2016 to 2019.

The first of July 2019, 90 000 North Coastal inhabited the region. The North Shore has become the only region of the province where all of its MRC have lost residents over the past three years.

The Haute-Côte-Nord has the highest rate of decay of the Quebec.

The Carrefour jeunesse emploi note that several young people leave the region to study and do not return. “As soon as a youth is in town, he has the possibility to do an internship in connection with his studies, at that time, the companies the custody and offers them a job immediately out of school,” says the director-general of the organization, Manon Barbeau.

“Sometimes even when they have not finished yet!” she adds.

In Quebec, among the cities with the decay fastest during this period, Port-Cartier is at the top, followed by Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the Gaspé.

Baie-Comeau is placed in the 3rd position.

This is why the mayor is working with the University of Quebec in Rimouski to create a pavilion university in his city. “Roughly three-quarters of young people (…) do not come back in the region. It is major, such as statistics”, if the alarm the mayor Yves Montigny.

“And we, we fight against it, particularly in the west of the North Shore. The region of the Manicouagan is affected with the fact that there was no university service standing”, has he said.

The only three regions of Quebec to experience a decline in their population recently found in the East-of-Québec. However, the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie/ Iles-de-la-Madeleine, are abandoned less quickly than the North Shore.

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