Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine has recorded its best net migration since 2001.
This is what the most recent data from the Institut de la statistique du Québec reveal in its latest compilation. For 4 years, Gaspésie-Les Îles has been the only so-called remote region to have a positive migratory balance.
For the year 2019-2020, the region attracted 2,217 new people, bringing its interregional migratory balance to 681 people.
For the coordinator of the Living in Gaspésie Strategy, Danik O’Connor, this is an exceptional year:
Danik O’Connor says he has observed this trend for 3-4 years for the sake of people coming to settle in the area:
From his point of view, our region is better structured than all the other regions of Quebec to promote its net migration.
To meet the needs of newcomers who may settle in the region, it will be necessary to improve the availability of housing and childcare services:
Danik O’Connor mentions that just 20 years ago, about 1,200 people per year left for other regions.