La Matapédia Regional County Municipality

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La Matapédia
Regional county municipality
Vallée de la Matapédia 4.JPG
Flag of La Matapédia
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Location of La Matapédia
Coordinates: 48°18′N 67°34′W / 48.300°N 67.567°W / 48.300; -67.567Coordinates: 48°18′N 67°34′W / 48.300°N 67.567°W / 48.300; -67.567[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Bas-Saint-Laurent
Effective January 1, 1982
County seat Amqui
Government[2]
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Chantale Lavoie
 • Federal riding Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
 • Prov. riding Matapédia
Area[2][3]
 • Total 5,389.00 km2 (2,080.70 sq mi)
 • Land 5,373.92 km2 (2,074.88 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 18,573
 • Density 3.5/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 3.3%
 • Dwellings 9,116
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 418 and 581
Website www.mrcmatapedia.qc.ca

La Matapédia is a regional county municipality in eastern Quebec, Canada at the base of the Gaspé peninsula, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Its seat is in Amqui. It is named after the Matapédia River which runs through the western part of the RCM.

La Matapédia was created on January 1, 1982, succeeding from the former Matapédia County Municipality. The region was subject to one of the last waves of colonization in Quebec, settled mostly by people from the Lower Saint-Lawrence between 1850 and 1950. It is a rural region in the Matapedia Valley crossed by the Notre Dame Mountains. Agriculture and logging, and its related industries (forestry and wood products), are the main economic activities.[1]

Subdivisions[edit]

There are 25 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - La Matapédia Regional County Municipality, Quebec[6]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 20,887 —    
1996 20,883 −0.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 19,920 −4.6%
2006 19,199 −3.6%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 18,573 −3.3%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - La Matapédia Regional County Municipality, Quebec[6]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
18,345
18,215 Decrease 2.4% 99.29% 75 Increase 36.4% 0.41% 30 Increase 200.0% 0.16% 25 Decrease 68.8% 0.14%
2006
18,810
18,665 Decrease 3.4% 99.23% 55 Increase 57.1% 0.29% 10 Decrease 75.0% 0.05% 80 Increase 700.0% 0.43%
2001
19,405
19,320 Decrease 4.7% 99.56% 35 Decrease 41.7% 0.18% 40 Decrease 42.9% 0.21% 10 Decrease 60.0% 0.05%
1996
20,435
20,280 n/a 99.24% 60 n/a 0.29% 70 n/a 0.34% 25 n/a 0.12%

Transportation[edit]

Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "La Matapédia (Municipalité régionale de comté)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "La Matapédia". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "La Matapédia census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  7. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map