The territory

About Val-d'Or

A city known for its hospitality

Val-d’Or is known for its hospitality.  Over the years, it has been able to weave ties with the North as well as with the rest of the world. For more than half a century, many people, goods and services have transited through Val-d’Or on their way to various northern communities and other destinations.

Val-d'Or has developed great expertise with goods and services

More specifically, Val-d’Or is renowned as the hub of choice for servicing the northern territories. It is a centre of expertise in northern logistics. It also stands out as a strategic trans-Canada crossroads.

It is particularly recognized as the hub of choice for serving the northern territories. It is a centre of expertise in boreal logistics.

You will find a large concentration of equipment manufacturers, contractors, professionals and specialists well known in the mining, forestry and “nordic” fields.

Val-d’Or’s business community is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and its openness to the world. Over the years, it has been able to forge ties that go beyond our borders. Our business owners are familiar with markets across Canada and on all continents.

Our organizations support the development of our entrepreneurs outside the region.

Val-d’Or has one of the richest subsoils in Quebec. The know-how of its workers is the result of a long-standing partnership with the mining companies operating on its territory.

The residents on the territory also have extensive experience with the development of the forestry industry.

Logistic

ROAD ACCESS

North axis

Route 111 vers Route 109 towards James-Bay (Radisson) (870 km)

South-East axis

Route 117 to Autoroute 15 towards Montréal (527 km)

South axis

Route 117 to Route 105 towards Ottawa (417 km)

South-West axis

Road 117 towards Road 101 towards Road 65 (Ont) towards Road 11 (Ont) towards Toronto (738 km)

West axis

Route 117 to Route 66 (Ont) to Route 11 (Ont) towards Vancouver (4,254 km)

RAILROAD NETWORK

The Val-d’Or industrial park is connected to the railroad from east to west with spurs to the industrial plants. It has an intermodal road/rail station that allows for the handling of containers, bulk loading, closed car loading, and the transshipment of cement and liquids.

Network : CFIL (CN)

Service roads: Private and maintained by CFIL (CN)

Services: Bulk terminal/weighing service.

Other: Rail service to heavy industry.

ENERGY

Electricity supply

Hydro-Quebec provides a power supply from 240 volts to 25,000 volts. Depending on the sector and on the needs.

Natural gas availability

Energir provides natural gas distribution in most areas. It is also has the capacity to do so on demand depending on the volumes requested.

AIRPORT NETWORK

The Val-d’Or Regional Airport has the physical infrastructure and all the navigational aids required to accommodate large, heavy aircraft. It has a modern terminal and private FBO facilities. It can accommodate civil and private aviation. Private seaplane bases are located on the outskirts of the city.

 

Val-d'Or regional airport

Public terminal

COMMUNICATIONS

Télébec, Bell, Rogers, Telus and Videotron offer fixed and mobile communication services.

 

TRAINING

Val-d’Or has an education and training network that meets the expectations of businesses. In addition to the common academic curriculum, we have a professional training center of international calibre that meets the industries’ requirements. We also have renowned college and university campuses.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Val-d’Or is a city where life is good. It has sports, recreational and cultural infrastructures that contribute to create a living environment that benefits its citizens and its region. Occasional and annual events regularly make the news.

COMMUNITY

THE NATIVES AND VALDORIANS

Over the years, Val-d’Or has developed business relations and cultural exchanges with the Algonquin and Cree communities of Northern Quebec. There are therefore several Aboriginal entities and businesses established within the Val-d’Or community.

In terms of education, the First Nations Pavilion of UQAT welcomes each year Aboriginal students from different communities and regions in order to obtain their university or college degree. The Val-d’Or campus also has an impact on the outside world with specialized training in Aboriginal culture.

In terms of health, the Aboriginal population travels to Val-d’Or to receive medical care. The Cree Health and Social Services Centre is also located there. The Native Friendship Centre, in addition to offering various services, plays an important role in receiving and housing First Nation people in transit in Val-d’Or.

See the website of the SECRETARIAT TO THE CREE NATION ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE ECONOMIC ALLIANCE

Parc industriel Val-d'Or

Val-d’Or – Technical information

Population: 32,778
Working population: the median age is 42 years and 69.8% of the population is between 15 and 65 years old
Area of the city: 3,983 km2
Schools & educational institutions: Seven (7) elementary school, three (3) secondary schools, Music and Dance Center, Music Conservatory
Post-secondary institutions: Vocational training center, Adult education, CEGEP Val-d’Or Campus, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue Campus Val-d’Or
Hospitality:  627 rooms