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Characteristics of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region

Caractéristiques du BSL
With its advantageous geographical location, abundant and diverse natural resources, and dynamic business leaders, the Bas-Saint-Laurent has given rise to many companies that develop and produce new products for the housing and construction sector.

These forward-thinking businesses are now well-positioned to present a comprehensive range of green products and services for use in residential construction.

By virtue of their large numbers, the diversity of the green building products and services they offer, their vast capacity for innovation and their established presence in export markets, these companies already constitute a veritable Cluster of Excellence for the region.Moreover, they occupy a prominent place in the Bas-Saint-Laurent economy through all of the economic activity they generate.

The Bas-Saint-Laurent offers :

  • A diversified range of products and services+
    • Slate,
    • Kitchen cabinets,
    • Lumber (both soft wood and hardwood),
    • Torrefied wood,
    • Architectural, engineering and design firms,
    • Structural members and building components,
    • Prefabricated homes,
    • Éco-friendly furniture,
    • Hardwood floors and mouldings,
    • Formaldehyde-free MDF panels,
    • Doors and windows,
    • Horticultural growing mixes,
    • Peat-based wastewater treatment systems and
    • Architectural glass;
  • A large and diverse industrial base+
    • More than 140 companies employing over 5,250 workers,
    • 60 professional service firms (architects, engineers and designers),
    • Three centres for green building technology transfer (centre collégial de transfert de technologie; CCTT),
    • A forest research chair at the Rimouski campus of the Université of Québec (UQAR),
    • The largest active slate quarry in North America,
    • Manufacturers of prefabricated houses who have developed cutting-edge concepts in green home technology,
    • An world renowned company specializing in residential water treatment and
    • The largest North American producer of organic growing media for landscaping and installation of green rooftops and walls;
  • Raw materials available in the region+
    • Slate,
    • Wood (fir, spruce, aspen and other hardwoods) and
    • Sphagnum peat moss;

√ Numerous specialized training programs:

  1. University level  +
    • Research Chair for the Inhabited Forest
    • Environmental chemistry and bioresources
    • Electrical engineering
    • Electromechanical systems engineering
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Wind engineering
    • Design engineering
    • Wind energy research laboratory
    • Automated manufacturing engineering research laboratory
  2. College level  +
    • Urban planning and development
    • Interior design
    • Forest technology
    • Architectural technology
    • Industrial electronics technology
    • Building mechanics technology
    • Industrial maintenance technology
    • Civil engineering technology
  3. Professional High School  +
    • Logging and trimming
    • Hand felling and wood hauling
    • Forest management
    • Brickwork and masonry
    • Carpentry and joinery
    • Engineering graphics
    • Cabinetmaking
    • Electrical
    • Automated systems electromechanics
    • Door and window manufacturing
    • Industrial construction and maintenance mechanics
    • Production equipment operation
    • Plumbing and heating
    • Landscaping operations
    • Health and safety on construction sites
    • Welding
    • Machining techniques
√ Regional expertise in manufacturing of wood products, production of growing media and development of residential water treatment systems.

√ Proximity to targeted export markets (40% of companies in this sector are already active exporters).