Overview of Vaudreuil-Dorion
Located just west of the Island of Montréal and bordered by the Ottawa River, Lac des Deux Montagnes, the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail lines and highways 20, 30 and 40, Vaudreuil-Dorion is a dynamic community offering many housing developments, good jobs and several shopping areas.
- Population: 38,021 (twice what it was 15 years ago)
- The 30th largest city in Québec in terms of population
- Average age of residents: 37
- One of the three cities in Québec with the highest birth rate in 2010, 2011 and 2012
- Covers an area of 73.1 km2
- Average residential assessment: $309,700
- A team of some 300 permanent and temporary City employees working to deliver quality services
“Vaudreuil-Dorion has experienced a rapid but well-planned growth. The tax rate is much lower than in Montréal, and is one of the lowest in the region. The abundance of housing projects enables people to own property and stay within their budget.” – Mayor Guy Pilon
Vaudreuil-Dorion is distinguished by the beauty of the water around it, the richness of its built heritage and the diversity of services offered, including:
- Over 50 parks with playgrounds, water features and sports fields
- A wealth of sports facilities: arenas, pools, skateboarding parks, tennis courts, soccer pitches, beach volleyball areas, baseball diamonds, artificial-turf football field etc., not to mention the Centre Multisports, the region's largest sports facility
- A public library open seven days of the week and offering a gathering place and activities such as meet-the-author, exhibits, story hour, etc.
- High-quality cultural attractions: heritage buildings, La boîte lumineuse (a repertory cinema), Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges regional museum, Maison Trestler, a genealogical society and an archaeological society, to name but a few
- A multitude of events that light up the community: a circus festival, concerts, Mozaïk parade, Les Seigneuriales, La Grande Vadrouille, O Tour de Félix, Trestler Fest, a Christmas market and much more
From a young age, children have access to quality services only a few steps from home:
- Many public and private day-care centres
- Nine elementary schools, including one trilingual and one English-language
- One high school
- Centre de formation professionnelle Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, a vocational school that includes Canada's only water treatment factory-campus
- Centre des Belles-Rives (adult education)
- University programs offered by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Vaudreuil-Dorion is located at the junction of three major highways: numbers 20, 30 and 40. It’s also crossed by two railway lines, those of Canadian Pacific and Canadian National. The public transit system is already very well developed, both within the territory and to Montréal, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and other municipalities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Services include:
- Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) de La Presqu’île, which provides transportation for Vaudreuil-Dorion, L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Pincourt, Rigaud, Saint-Lazare, and Hudson
- Two train stations for getting you to and from Montréal
- The A40 Express, a bus service linking Vaudreuil-Dorion to Côte-Vertu metro station
- An express bus between Vaudreuil station and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
- A specialized transit service (paratransit)
Vaudreuil-Dorion has two medical clinics. Both have general practitioners and medical specialists, and accept patients without an appointment. In 2014, a new building was opened on Boulevard de la Gare. It houses the CLSC and the Vaudreuil-Dorion outpatient service centre, including a walk-in specimen collection centre.
In 2016, the Minister of Health and Social Services officially announced the location of the future Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital, at the intersection of highways 30 and 40, on Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes where it crosses Chemin de la Petite-Rivière. Construction could begin in the next few years.
Vaudreuil-Dorion has eight industrial parks, one of which is the largest in the RCM of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Ericsson recently built a new $1.2-billion information technology centre there, which went into operation in 2016. This has been the largest private investment in the 21st century in Québec.
The largest economic sectors here are retail and manufacturing. Jobs are also available in the accommodation/restaurant industries, healthcare and social assistance, education, transportation and storage.
The unemployment rate for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region was 4.5% in 2015.