Bromont, Quebec

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Bromont
City
Mont Brome overlooking the city.
Mont Brome overlooking the city.
Motto: Ville Branchée
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM.
Bromont is located in Southern Quebec
Bromont
Bromont
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°19′N 72°39′W / 45.317°N 72.650°W / 45.317; -72.650Coordinates: 45°19′N 72°39′W / 45.317°N 72.650°W / 45.317; -72.650[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Brome-Missisquoi
Constituted January 27, 1973
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Pauline Quinlan
 • Federal riding Brome—Missisquoi
 • Prov. riding Brome-Missisquoi
Area[2][4]
 • Total 116.10 km2 (44.83 sq mi)
 • Land 114.42 km2 (44.18 sq mi)
Elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 7,649
 • Density 66.9/km2 (173/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 26.5%
 • Dwellings 4,293
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J2L
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-10

Route 139
Route 241
Website www.bromont.com

Bromont is a city in southwestern Quebec in Canada, 85 kilometres (53 mi) east of Montreal on Autoroute 10, bordering the Eastern Townships at the base of Mount Brome (Mont Brome). The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 7,649. As of January 1, 2010 it is in the Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality; previously it was in La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality.[5]

The Bromont area, and its resort, Ski Bromont, is well known as a tourist destination for its downhill skiing, mountain biking, water slides, golf as well as equestrian events. The Bromont mountain, called "Mont Brome", has a great skiable surface. It is mainly enjoyed by beginner-intermediate skiers, although some of its trails can offer advanced skiers some challenges.

Bromont also boasts a high tech industrial park (IBM, General Electric, Dalsa) and has an airport that serves the region.

In the southern portion of the city lies Lac Bromont, the largest lake within the city limits and the smaller Lac Gale.

On June 9, 2014, the FEI chose this city, unanimously, to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.[6] The main venue for this upcoming event will be the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Bromont, Quebec[10]
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 3,408 —    
1996 4,290 +25.9%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 4,808 +12.1%
2006 6,049 +25.8%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2011 7,649 +26.5%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Bromont, Quebec[10]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
7,635
6,960 Increase 30.1% 91.16% 435 Increase 3.6% 5.70% 100 Increase 185.7% 1.31% 140 Decrease 41.7% 1.83%
2006
6,045
5,350 Increase 25.4% 88.50% 420 Increase 16.7% 6.95% 35 Decrease 12.5% 0.58% 240 Increase 84.6% 3.97%
2001
4,795
4,265 Increase 14.5% 88.95% 360 Decrease 6.5% 7.51% 40 Decrease 57.9% 0.83% 130 Increase 550.0% 2.71%
1996
4,225
3,725 n/a 88.17% 385 n/a 9.11% 95 n/a 2.25% 20 n/a 0.47%

Government[edit]

List of Mayors[edit]

  • Germain Désourdy 1964 to 1977,
  • Robert Leboeuf 1977 to 1978,
  • Pierre Jacob 1978 to 1982,
  • Pierre Bellefleur 1982 to 1996,
  • Robert Désourdy 1996 to 1998,
  • Pauline Quinlan 1998 to present.

History[edit]

Bromont was envisioned by Roland Désourdy (1917-2011), who in 1963 became the first French Canadian Master of the Montreal Hunt.

Bromont was created in 1964, as a model community, out of Brome County, as an ideal resort community.[11][12] In 1966, Bromont annexed the town of West Shefford, Quebec, which had been founded in 1792, and was a stop on the stagecoach route between Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec.[13]

Hyundai plant[edit]

In 1989, Hyundai Auto Canada Inc. opened a stamping and assembly plant in Bromont, employing 800. The 150,000 m2 plant was situated on an 850,000 m2 site, with body, paint and trim shops as well as a pumping station for the plant, a paint residue treatment plant, and administrative offices. The plant cost $387.7 million, with Quebec and Canadian federal government subsidies of $131 million.[14]

The plant was designed to manufacture approximately 2000 Hyundai Sonatas per week.[14] Subsequently, Chrysler and Hyundai considered a joint venture that would have Chrysler rebranding the Sonata manufactured at Bromont — only to later announce the deal had failed.[15] The Bromont plant was operational for four years before it closed in 1994 — with Hyundai's sales unable to support the plant.[16] Hyundai subsequently sold the plant to Olymbec Inc.,[16] which in turn subdivided the plant leasing the former paint and assembly plant to Goodyear at beginning in February 2007 and later the former metal stamping portion of the plant to AAER Inc., a manufacturer of wind turbines based in Quebec.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 8605 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 46078 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROME--MISSISQUOI (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b c "(Code 2446078) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/pdf2010/modif_jan10.pdf
  6. ^ Canada to host 2018 World Equestrian Games
  7. ^ Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park Home Website
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  10. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  11. ^ The Yamaska, "New City Of Bromont Is Created", 27 May 1964 (accessed 27 March 2010)
  12. ^ Granby Leader-Mail, "Model-town, Bromont Seeks Funds For Reservoir", 16 September 1964 (accessed 27 March 2010)
  13. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "Sleepy Bromont to be awakened by a giant", James Farrabee, 9 June 1970 (accessed 27 March 2010)
  14. ^ a b "Hyundai to Add Quebec Plant". The New York Times, AP report, July 5, 1989. 5 July 1989. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "Chrysler And Hyundai Venture Off". The New York Times, Doron P. Levin, July 24, 1990. 24 July 1990. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Hyundai CEO wants Canadian car plant". The Toronto Star, Tony Van Alphen, Sep 14 2009. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

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