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Presentation of the City

With a history stretching back over three centuries, Châteauguay boasts multiple attractions in close proximity, which makes the city distinctive in many ways:

  • its prime geographic location, 30 minutes from Montréal and close to both Ontario and the United States
  • its many natural treasures – a river, an island, a wildlife reserve, a lakeshore and numerous parks and green spaces
  • its numerous tourist attractions showcasing its rich heritage
  • its peaceful residential neighbourhoods that offer a quality of life that is both ideal for flourishing families and a stimulating living environment
  • its varied cultural programming, thanks in part to its two performance venues
  • its entrepreneurial strength, which generates over 13,000 jobs
  • its powerful commercial and industrial development potential

With its urban setting, Châteauguay has everything it needs to satisfy residents, entrepreneurs and workers. Châteauguay has a rich bounty to offer to families, seniors, nature lovers, sports fans and people interested in recreation or heritage.


Châteauguay is…

Aerial view of Châteauguay and the river of the same name

a huge territory in a very advantageous location

  • a total area of 46.3 km2:
    • 36.0 km2 of land
    • 10.4 km2 of water
  • 25 km from Montréal
  • 60 km from the United States (Lacolle border crossing)
  • 60 km from Ontario
  • surrounded by the cities of LéryMercierBeauharnois and Sainte-Martine, as well as the First Nations Reserve Kahnawake

a dynamic population

  • 49,953 people (Institut de la statistique du Québec, 2020)
  • 3rd largest city on the South Shore
  • median age of 42.3 (2016 Statistics Canada data)
  • 57.6% mother tongue French (2016 Statistics Canada data)
  • 25.6% mother tongue English (2016 Statistics Canada data)

Load of citizens of Châteauguay walking in the streets

Aerial view of Châteauguay Industrial Park

a burgeoning economy

  • 5th economic hub on the South Shore (in terms of the number of jobs and businesses, Statistics Canada, 2016)
  • 1,051 businesses (Registraire des entreprises, Statistics Canada, 2019, CMM processing, 2020)
    • 173 retail businesses
    • 69 restaurant and hospitality businesses
    • 214 professional services businesses
    • nearly 200 businesses in the industrial park
  • 2nd hub for employment and businesses on the South Shore, with 14 295 local jobs (2016 Statistics Canada data)
  • over 1 million sq.ft. of commercial space

plenty of access to nature

Aerial vue of Centre écologique Fernand-Séguin

Ile Saint-Bernard Wind Mill

historic buildings and a rich heritage

  • many churches, including two historic churches, Saint-Joachim and St. Andrew’s
  • the Maison LePailleur, a listed historic monument built in 1792
  • an interpretation centre in the Maison Gravel, built in 1842
  • a resort, located in the Manoir D’Youville, a former sanatorium that was used as a retirement home
  • a windmill dating back to 1686, making it the oldest windmill on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River between the United States and Gaspésie
  • a former convent, built in 1910–1911 and converted into city hall

a vibrant cultural scene with diverse programming

  • professional multidisciplinary performing arts presenter
  • 2 performance venues (Salle Jean-Pierre-Houde and Pavillon de l’île)
  • 17 587 tickets sold by Château Scènes (2016)

Croud of people waiting for a show

Teens playing softball

sports activities to suit every taste

health and education services for the entire population

Anna-Laberge Hospital

Did you know?

great blue heron

Demonym: Châteauguois, Châteauguoise
Administrative region: Montérégie
Regional county municipality: Roussillon
Québec electoral constituency: Châteauguay
Canadian electoral constituency: Châteauguay-Lacolle
Date of constitution: November 3, 1975
Motto: Unita Fortior (strength united is stronger)
Official bird: Great blue heron


September 29, 1673

Seigneury de Châteauguay is ceded to Charles Le Moyne by the Governor of New France, Comte de Frontenac, for services rendered.

August 6, 1706

Zacharie Robutel de La Noue becomes the new seigneur (lord) of Châteauguay.


Construction of a fort in Châteauguay.

June 8, 1765

Marguerite d’Youville, a Grey Nun, purchases the seigneury.


During the war between the United States and Great Britain, the seigneury of Châteauguay becomes a garrison.

October 26, 1813

Battle of Châteauguay: On the banks of the Châteauguay river, near Ormstown, Canadian troupes, comprised of 40 elite militiamen from Châteauguay under the leadership of Captain Bruyère and nearly 500 combatants, manage to stop an American force of 3,700 from invading Montréal.

November 1838

British soldiers take control of the seigneury during the Lower Canada Patriote Rebellion.

December 21, 1838

Hanging of Châteauguay Patriotes Joseph Narcisse Cardinal and Joseph Duquette.

July 1, 1845

Birth of the Municipalité de Châteauguay and election of Mayor Narcisse Mallet.

February 25, 1846

Amendment of the statutes and toponym of the Municipalité de Châteauguay, which becomes the Municipalité de la Paroisse de Saint-Joachim de Châteauguay.

September 1, 1847

Creation of the Comté de Huntingdon after the merger of the Municipalité de la Paroisse de Saint-Joachim de Châteauguay and several other entities.


Abolition of the seigneurial regime.

July 1, 1855

Creation of the village and election of Mayor Pierre Laberge. Division of the Paroisse de Saint-Joachim de Châteauguay when the Comté de Huntingdon is split into several entities.

June 1, 1913

Creation of Ville de Châteauguay after it separates from the Paroisse de Saint-Joachim de Châteauguay and election of Mayor John Edward Charles Bumbray.

June 1, 1914

Creation of Ville de Léry after it separates from the Paroisse de Saint-Joachim de Châteauguay.

June 1, 1948

Creation of Ville de Châteauguay-Heights after it separates from Ville de Châteauguay and election of Mayor H. Lawrence Melville.

February 4, 1960

Amendment of the statutes and toponym of the Paroisse de Saint Joachim de Châteauguay which becomes Ville de Châteauguay-Centre. Election of Mayor Joseph-Maurice-Henri Laberge.

September 7, 1968

Châteauguay-Heights annexed by Ville de Châteauguay.

March 15, 1969

Confirmation of the statutes and toponym of Ville de Châteauguay-Centre.

November 3, 1975

Châteauguay-Centre annexed by Ville de Châteauguay.

November 3, 1975

Constitution of Ville de Châteauguay and election of Mayor Philippe Bonneau.


Election of Mayor Jean-Bosco Bourcier.


Election of Mayor Sergio Pavone.


Election of Mayor Nathalie Simon.


Purchase of the knoll of Île Saint-Bernard from the Grey Nuns.


Election of Mayor Pierre-Paul Routhier.


Election of Mayor Éric Allard


Festivities for the 350th anniversary of the Ville de Châteauguay

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