Val-Saint-Gilles

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Val-Saint-Gilles
Location within Abitibi-Ouest RCM.
Location within Abitibi-Ouest RCM.
Val-Saint-Gilles is located in Western Quebec
Val-Saint-Gilles

Val-Saint-Gilles
Location in western Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°58′N 79°07′W / 48.967°N 79.117°W / 48.967; -79.117Coordinates: 48°58′N 79°07′W / 48.967°N 79.117°W / 48.967; -79.117[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionAbitibi-Témiscamingue
RCMAbitibi-Ouest
Settledc. 1935
ConstitutedApril 1, 1939
Government
 • MayorRéjean Lambert
 • Federal ridingAbitibi—Témiscamingue
 • Prov. ridingAbitibi-Ouest
Area
 • Total108.20 km2 (41.78 sq mi)
 • Land110.52 km2 (42.67 sq mi)
 There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Elevation
345 m (1,132 ft)
Population
 (2011)[3]
 • Total178
 • Density1.6/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 4.1%
 • Dwellings
79
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819
Highways Route 393
Websitevalst-gilles.ao.ca

Val-Saint-Gilles is a municipality in northwestern Quebec, Canada, in the Abitibi-Ouest Regional County Municipality about 24 kilometres (15 mi) north of La Sarre. It covers 110.54 km² and with a population of 154 in the Canada 2006 Census, it is the least populous incorporated municipality in the regional county.

It lies at the northern edge of the Abitibi Clay Belt. The undulating land is dotted with swamps, a few small lakes, and sand and gravel deposits. Its high point is marked by two hills near the village with an altitude of 345 metres (1,132 ft). The Turgeon River, the only notable river and tributary of the Harricana River, flows through the north-western part of the municipality.[4]

History[edit]

The first settlers, arriving circa 1935 as part of the Vautrin Settlement Plan, came from Clermont, Montreal, and Mont-Laurier. In 1937, they founded the Saint-Gilles-de-Clermont Parish, and two years later, the place separated from Clermont Township and was incorporated as the Municipality of Val-Saint-Gilles, named after Saint Giles.[1][4]

But because of the harsh land, the settlers could barely make a living and many soon left, reducing the population from over 600 persons to less than 200 today. Its residents mostly commute to La Sarre and the surrounding area, working particularly in the mining and forestry sectors.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Canada census – Val-Saint-Gilles community profile
2011 2006
Population: 178 (+4.1% from 2006) 171 (+1.2% from 2001)
Land area: 110.52 km2 (42.67 sq mi) 110.50 km2 (42.66 sq mi)
Population density: 1.6/km2 (4.1/sq mi) 1.5/km2 (3.9/sq mi)
Median age: 46.0 (M: 43.5, F: 47.2) 41.7 (M: 41.7, F: 41.5)
Total private dwellings: 79 78
Median household income: $.N/A $.N/A
Notes: Income data for this area has been suppressed for data quality or confidentiality reasons. – References: 2011[3] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical Census Data - Val-Saint-Gilles, Quebec[7]
YearPop.±%
1991 207—    
1996 187−9.7%
YearPop.±%
2001 169−9.6%
2006 171+1.2%
YearPop.±%
2011 178+4.1%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Val-Saint-Gilles, Quebec[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
185
180 Increase 5.9% 97.30% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 5 Increase n/a% 2.70%
2006
170
170 Decrease 10.5% 100.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
2001
190
190 Decrease 9.5% 100.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
1996
210
210 n/a 100.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00% 0 n/a 0.00%

Municipal council[edit]

  • Mayor: Benoît Sarrazin
  • Councillors: Kathy Beauchesne, Ghyslain-Guy Lavoie, Jean-Marie Lavoie, Marie-Rose Lavoie, Réal Paul, Daniel Poirier

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Val-Saint-Gilles (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  2. ^ a b "Val-Saint-Gilles". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  3. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ a b "La Municipalité" (in French). Municipalité de Val St-Gilles. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census