Candiac, Quebec

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Logo-candiac1 200641416540.png
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
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
 • Mayor Normand Dyotte
 • Federal riding Brossard—La Prairie
 • Prov. riding La Prairie
 • 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

Route 132
Route 134

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.


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 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.



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%


Canada Census Mother Tongue - Candiac, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
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%
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%
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%
9,565 n/a 81.61% 1,365 n/a 11.65% 140 n/a 1.19% 650 n/a 5.55%



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)


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.


The South Shore Protestant Regional School Board previously served the municipality.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reference number 10164 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Candiac
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROSSARD--LA PRAIRIE (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b c 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Candiac, Quebec Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  8. ^ King, M.J. (Chairperson of the board). "South Shore Protestant Regional School Board" (St. Johns, PQ). The News and Eastern Townships Advocate. Volume 119, No. 5. Thursday December 16, 1965. p. 2. Retrieved from Google News on November 23, 2014.

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