Candiac, Quebec

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Candiac
City
Flag of Candiac
Flag
Coat of arms of Candiac
Coat of arms
Motto: Ma ville sous les arbres
(French for "My city under the trees")
Location within Roussillon RCM.
Location within Roussillon RCM.
Candiac is located in Southern Quebec
Candiac
Candiac
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°23′N 73°31′W / 45.383°N 73.517°W / 45.383; -73.517Coordinates: 45°23′N 73°31′W / 45.383°N 73.517°W / 45.383; -73.517[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Roussillon
Constituted January 31, 1957
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Normand Dyotte
 • Federal riding Brossard—La Prairie
 • Prov. riding La Prairie
Area[2][4]
 • Total 18.70 km2 (7.22 sq mi)
 • Land 17.59 km2 (6.79 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 19,876
 • Density 1,129.8/km2 (2,926/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 24.6%
 • Dwellings 7,580
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J5R
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-15
A-30
A-930

Route 132
Route 134
Website www.ville.candiac.qc.ca

Candiac is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in the Canadian province of Quebec; it is located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River opposite Montreal near La Prairie. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 19,876.

History[edit]

Candiac was created January 31, 1957 when the government of Quebec accepted the request of a Canadian-European investors group, the Candiac Development Corporation. The investors had collected over $ 4.5 million dollars and bought 2,500 acres (10 km2) of land from farmers and the neighbouring towns.

In its early days, Candiac was home to 320 people who mostly lived near the St. Lawrence River. Most of the inhabitants were either farmers or Montrealers who owned a second residence in Candiac.

Candiac was named after Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, who was born in 1712 at Château de Candiac (Vestric-et-Candiac), near Nîmes, in France. Montcalm died at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham at Quebec City in 1759 while defending la Nouvelle-France from the English.

Coat of arms[edit]

Montcalm's heritage and the first mayor, Jean Leman, family's coat of arms were the inspiration for Candiac's coat of arms. The colour red symbolizes charity and justice, two very important values. It is also present in the Leman's coat of arms and is said to honour Montcalm's legacy. The silver cross is a typical French-Canadian symbol that reminds citizens of their French heritage. The stars were taken from the Leman's coat of arms and the towers from Montcalm's. The crown symbolizes the Château de Candiac and the maple leaves symbolize Canada.

The floral emblem of Candiac is the Campanula carpatica, better known as White Clips.

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Candiac, Quebec[7]
Year Pop.   ±%  
1991 10,765 —    
1996 11,805 +9.7%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 12,675 +7.4%
2006 15,947 +25.8%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2011 19,876 +24.6%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Candiac, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
19,705
15,830 Increase 21.6% 80.33% 1,915 Increase 12.6% 9.72% 305 Increase 117.9% 1.55% 1,655 Increase 51.8% 8.40%
2006
15,945
13,015 Increase 28.9% 81.62% 1,700 Increase 8.6% 10.66% 140 Decrease 20.0% 0.88% 1,090 Increase 31.3% 6.84%
2001
12,670
10,100 Increase 5.6% 79.72% 1,565 Increase 14.7% 12.35% 175 Increase 25.0% 1.38% 830 Increase 27.7% 6.55%
1996
11,720
9,565 n/a 81.61% 1,365 n/a 11.65% 140 n/a 1.19% 650 n/a 5.55%

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The CIT Le Richelain provides commuter and local bus services. Suburban trains, provided by the AMT link Candiac to Lucien L'Allier train station in downtown Montréal.

Municipal Buildings[edit]

The City of Candiac has four (4) main municipal buildings: The "Hotel de Ville" (city hall), Centre Roméo-V.-Patenaude (renovated in 2005), Centre Frank-Vocino (the old library, now the Ideal Club meeting area) and Centre Claude-Hébert (the new restored library)

Media[edit]

Special effects studio WonderWorks, Inc. was building the world's largest special Fx studio in the new part of Candiac across Autoroute 30, along with additional expansion projects. Unfortunately, a few months after its announcement, the project was put on hold and soon afterwards cancelled.

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