The Corporation d’innovation et développement Alma – Lac-Saint-Jean-Est fosters, promotes and supports initiatives related to economic development in the RCM of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est. These initiatives are carried out in numerous business sectors.

Agri-food
The RCM of Lac Saint-Jean Est is a significant agricultural and agri-food development hub. With its agricultural area covering 98,779 hectares, agriculture remains the heart of this vibrant and eco-friendly region. There are several agri-food processors, mainly in the meat and sausage, beverage, baked goods, fruit and vegetable and dairy industries.
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Industry
Industry has always played a major role in the economic development of the RCM of Lac-St-Jean-Est. Even today, aluminum and paper production remain the most important generators of employment in the manufacturing industry; the Rio Tinto and RÉSOLU paper product plants alone generate nearly 1,300 jobs.
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Commercial
Commercial activity is a primary element of our territory’s vitality. The City of Alma is home to the majority of the region’s primary services and has the largest commercial artery in the Lac-Saint-Jean region (on avenue du Pont). Because of its strategic location, the RCM of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est offers a wide range of services that include numerous types of services and retailers.
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Tourism
Tourism is one of the main vectors of economic development in Québec and its regions. The tourism industry is made up of 29,500 businesses, including the 416,000 jobs that are affiliated with those businesses. Through its tourism division, governed by Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean, CIDAL’s mission is to stimulate tourism businesses in the RCM of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est so that they can offer excellent services with sustainable tourism as an integral part of their business.   From nature adventure tourism and exciting urban experiences, to a deliciously gourmet trip and a cultural discovery like no other, the RCM of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est offers visitors something original and authentic. Its vast territory is a nature lover’s dream come true, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. The region is a significant hub for tourists, with over one hundred companies working in the tourism industry.
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