L'Assomption, Quebec

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L'Assomption
City
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Location within L'Assomption RCM.
Location within L'Assomption RCM.
L'Assomption is located in Central Quebec
L'Assomption
L'Assomption
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°50′N 73°25′W / 45.833°N 73.417°W / 45.833; -73.417Coordinates: 45°50′N 73°25′W / 45.833°N 73.417°W / 45.833; -73.417[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Lanaudière
RCM L'Assomption
Settled 1670s
Constituted July 1, 2000
Government[2]
 • Mayor Jean-Claude Gingras
 • Federal riding Repentigny
 • Prov. riding L'Assomption
Area[2][3]
 • Total 100.80 km2 (38.92 sq mi)
 • Land 98.90 km2 (38.19 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 20,065
 • Density 202.9/km2 (526/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006–2011 Increase 20.0%
 • Dwellings 8,189
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J5W
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-40

Route 339
Route 341
Route 343
Route 344
Website www.ville.lassomption.qc.ca

L'Assomption is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada on the L'Assomption River. It is the seat of the Regional County Municipality of L'Assomption. It is located on the outer fringes of the Montreal urban area.

Most of the economy depends on the agricultural industries of the surrounding plains. It is also the cultural center of the region.

History[edit]

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In 1647, the L'Assomption Seignory was granted to Pierre Legardeur de Repentigny, named after the river already named such since the seventeenth century. Between 1640 and 1700, a settlement formed inside a large horseshoe-shaped meander of the L'Assomption River. Amerindians had already been visiting this site since ancient times and called it Outaragasipi meaning widening river, in reference to the river's course. They would drag their canoes across the peninsula as a short-cut for the meander, and therefore the settlement was first called Le Portage.[1]

In 1717, the parish was formed, known thereafter as Saint-Pierre-du-Portage-de-l'Assomption and also as Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-du-Portage. In 1766, the village saw an influx of Acadian settlers. Between 1774 and 1888, L'Assomption was the most prosperous and important town between Montreal and Trois-Rivieres.[1]

In 1845, the L'Assomption Municipality was established, abolished in 1847, but reestablished as a parish municipality in 1855. In 1846, the village itself became a separate Village Municipality and obtained town status in 1888.[1]

In 1992, the town and parish municipality were merged again, and on July 1, 2000, the neighbouring Parish Municipality of Saint-Gérard-Majella was amalgamated with Ville de L'Assomption.[1]

In December 2010, the 1,300-worker Electrolux factory announced that it would close, relocating to Memphis, Tennessee.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - L'Assomption, Quebec[7]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 10,817 —    
1996 11,366 +5.1%
1996A 15,573 +37.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 15,615 +0.3%
2001A 15,625 +0.1%
2006 16,738 +7.1%
Year Pop. ±%
2006A 16,723 −0.1%
2011 20,065 +20.0%
(A) adjusted figures due to boundary changes

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - L'Assomption, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
19,815
19,165 Increase 19.0% 96.72% 195 Decrease 2.5% 0.98% 100 Increase 185.7% 0.50% 355 Increase 77.5% 1.79%
2006
16,545
16,110 Increase 7.5% 97.37% 200 Increase 8.1% 1.21% 35 Decrease 22.2% 0.21% 200 Increase 53.8% 1.21%
2001
15,340
14,980 Increase 37.8% 97.65% 185 Increase 131.2% 1.21% 45 Increase 28.6% 0.29% 130 Increase 160.0% 0.85%
1996
11,035
10,870 n/a 98.51% 80 n/a 0.72% 35 n/a 0.32% 50 n/a 0.45%

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "L'Assomption (Ville)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 60028 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (French)
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2460028) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/sep/18/straberg-strategy-cutting-costs-electrolux-memphis/
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census