Rimouski at a Glance
The city of Rimouski had 47,687 residents in 2013
Rimouski’s strategic position on the St. Lawrence has made it possible for the region to develop a special maritime vocation, closely linked to the marine sciences and technologies. As a hub for higher education and a centre for maritime research and development, Rimouski is carving out a prominent place for itself in Quebec, Canada and internationally.
Over the last few years, Rimouski has directed its efforts toward consolidation of this important sector, which brings together the largest concentration of public institutions devoted to maritime sciences and technology in Quebec. Three maritime research centres are located within a radius of 40 kilometres: the Institut des sciences de la mer, the marine sciences institute; the Institut maritime du Québec, the Quebec maritime institute; and the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, the marine sciences research center of the Canadian government. The city has also been designated as the Marine Technocity of Quebec.
Substantial efforts at diversification have also been undertaken to consolidate strategic sectors such as agribusiness, development of biomass exploitation, applied forestry technologies, sustainable development, environmental industries and new information and communication technologies (NICT).