Ville de Laval

    Laval, an Entrepreneurial City

    With more than $15 billion invested since the early 2000s, Laval holds a strong position in the Canadian economy. These investments have provided Laval with all the necessary services and infrastructures needed to become a great economically dynamic city. As a result, with its involvement in global economic trade, Laval is one of the most entrepreneurial regions in Canada.

    Economic Strengths of Laval

    • Approximately one third of active Laval residents work in their own city, ranking the City's employment rate among the highest in Québec. 
       
    • In January 2011, there were 10,138 businesses in Laval employing 140,000 people, and contributing to a diversified solid economy, centred on value-added goods and services. The economic vitality of Laval is also linked to the efforts made by economic organizations to stimulate entrepreneurship.
       
    • Laval Technopole, the economic development corporation, supports 4 lines of development: the Biopôle, the Industrial Pôle, the Agropôle and the e-Pole.  The success of these poles is owed to the close ties created between the research centres, the universities, the businesses and the public services.

    • Laval has 13 industrial parks.

    • Laval, the horticultural capital of Québec. Laval has about one hundred agricultural producers generating $50 million in annual economic spinoffs.

    Portrait of economic activities in Laval

    Business Lines Number of businesses
    Agriculture, forestry, hunting, fishing88
    Mining, oil, gas11
    Public Services3
    Construction1,465
    Manufacturing682
    Wholesale Trade812
    Retail Trade1,159
    Transport and Storage475
    Information Industry76
    Finance and Insurance265
    Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Services379
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,266
    Management of Companies and Enterprises94
    Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services640
    Educational Services77
    Health Care and Social Assistance752
    Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 130
    Accommodation and Food Services 750
    Other services, except Public Administration1,009
    Public Administration5
    Total10,138

    Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns, January 2011