MRC Pontiac climbs economic ladder Eighth poorest in Québec

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Allyson Beauregard


Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC & MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The 2018 Panorama des regions du Québec was released September 11, using data mostly from 2016. According to the report, the MRC Pontiac climbed four spots to the eighth poorest MRC in Québec in terms of disposable income per resident, up from fourth place last year and second in 2016’s report. 
While the Québec average disposable income is $27,723, per MRC Pontiac resident it was $23,412 in 2016, up from $20,016 in 2012; Les-Collines-de-L’Outaouais’ was $29,665 in 2016 and $20,793 in 2012. La-Vallée-de-la-Gatineau ranked seventh poorest in Québec, slightly behind the Pontiac with $23,398 per resident.
Population in the MRC Pontiac decreased from 14,822 in 2012 to 13,843 in 2017, and Les Collines’ rose by about 40% from 36,012 in 2011 to 50,471 in 2017.   
The MRC Pontiac had the fifth lowest work force participation rate for those between 25 and 65 years old at 61.9%; Les Collines’ rate is 77.7%. In 2012, the rates were 61.5% and 79.7% for each MRC respectively.