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MRC Pontiac sixth poorest in Québec

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Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC & MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The 2019 Panorama des regions du Québec was released in September, using data mostly from 2017. According to the report, the MRC Pontiac dropped two spots to the sixth poorest MRC in Quebec in terms of disposable income per resident, down from eighth place in 2018; the MRC placed fourth in 2017 and second in 2016.
While the Québec average disposable income is $28,785 per resident, in the MRC Pontiac it was $23,879 in 2017, up from $20,668 in 2013; Les-Collines-de L'Outaouais' was $30,916 in 2017 and $28,579 in 2013. La-Vallée-de-la-Gatineau ranked seventh poorest in Québec again this year, slightly above the Pontiac with $24,374 per resident.
Population in the MRC Pontiac decreased from 14,271 in 2016 to 14,203 in 2018, and Les Collines' rose from 49,401 in 2016 to 50,512 in 2018.   
The MRC Pontiac had the sixth lowest work force participation rate for those between 25 and 65 years old at 63.2%; La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau placed fifth with 61.7% while Les Collines' rate is 78.8%. In 2013, the rates were 62.2%, 60.7% and 79.3% for each MRC respectively.