"Saint-Jean, Quebec" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, formerly known simply as "Saint-Jean".
Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Old Saint-Jean and the Saint-Jean-l'Evangeliste church at sundown


Location within Le Haut-Richelieu RCM

Location within Quebec

Coordinates: 45°19′N 73°16′W / 45.317°N 73.267°W / 45.317; -73.267Coordinates: 45°19′N 73°16′W / 45.317°N 73.267°W / 45.317; -73.267[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Le Haut-Richelieu
Settled 1665
Constituted January 24, 2001
  Mayor Michel Fecteau
  Federal riding Saint-Jean
  Prov. riding Iberville and Saint-Jean
  City 234.20 km2 (90.43 sq mi)
  Land 225.78 km2 (87.17 sq mi)
  Urban[5] 86.77 km2 (33.50 sq mi)
  Metro[6] 225.78 km2 (87.17 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
  City 92,394
  Density 409.2/km2 (1,060/sq mi)
  Urban[5] 83,053
  Urban density 957.2/km2 (2,479/sq mi)
  Metro[6] 94,636
  Metro density 409.2/km2 (1,060/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011 Increase 5.6%
  Dwellings 40,411
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J2W, J2X, J2Y, J3A, J3B
Area code(s) 450 and 579

Route 104
Route 133
Route 219
Route 223
Website www.ville.saint-jean

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃ ʒɑ̃ syʁ ʁiʃəljø]), commonly abbreviated as SJSR, is a city in eastern Montérégie in the province of Quebec, Canada about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Montreal. It is situated on the west bank of the Richelieu River at the northernmost navigable point of Lake Champlain. The results of the 2011 Census stated that the city's population was 92,394; the number of residents was estimated at 94,636 in 2014.


Historically, the city has been an important transportation hub. The first railway line in British North America connected it with La Prairie in 1836. It also hosts the annual "Festival International des Montgolfières", an international hot air balloon festival which attracts thousands of tourists who come to see the hundreds of balloons in the sky each August.

The Chambly Canal extends 20 kilometres (12 mi) north along the west bank of the river and provides modern freight passage to Chambly and the St. Lawrence River. The canal has one lock near the downtown core of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. In the winter, the city builds a skating rink on the canal near the lock. In the summer, the embankment on the east side of the canal has a 20-kilometre (12 mi) cycling path.

The French built Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec) in the seventeenth century. Known to early English settlers as St. Johns, it provided an important communication link during the French and Indian Wars. During the American Revolutionary War control of the town changed hands several times as British and American forces moved through the area.

Today St-Jean is a manufacturing centre for textiles, food and wood products. It hosts an Area Support Unit (ASU) of the Canadian Forces, which functions as a primary recruit and officer training establishment. Until 1995 ASU St-Jean was also home to Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, a bilingual military academy. From 1995 to 2007, however, the only remaining military university in Canada was the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. The college continued to provide college programs for French-speaking entries to the Canadian forces. The federal government reopened the military college at St. Jean-sur-Richelieu in the fall of 2007 to provide the full first year of university, equivalent to the Kingston program, for students with English- or French-language backgrounds alongside the college program.

In 2001 the city and several adjoining communities were merged into the new regional county municipality with a population to 79,600. This merger was requested by the five municipalities involved and was not part of the municipal fusions imposed by the Quebec government the following year.

A LAV III in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu during the 2011 floods.


Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is located on the banks of the Richelieu River. The city is the seat of Le Haut-Richelieu RCM and of the judicial district of Iberville.[7]



Canada census – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 92,394 (+5.6% from 2006) 87,492 (+9.9% from 2001) 37,386 (+2.6% from 1996)
Land area: 225.78 km2 (87.17 sq mi) 225.78 km2 (87.17 sq mi) 47.06 km2 (18.17 sq mi)
Population density: 409.2/km2 (1,060/sq mi) 387.5/km2 (1,004/sq mi) 794.4/km2 (2,057/sq mi)
Median age: 41.1 (M: 39.8, F: 42.3) 40.2 (M: 39.2, F: 41.3) 40.6 (M: 38.2, F: 42.6)
Total private dwellings: 40,411 37,774 17,961
Median household income: $55,412 $48,609 $33,715
Notes: Includes adjustment for 2001 merger with Saint-Luc, Iberville, Saint-Athanase and L'Acadie. – References: 2011[8] 2006[9] 2001[10]
Historical Census Data - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec[11]
1991 37,607    
1996 36,435−3.1%
2001 37,386+2.6%
2001M 79,600+112.9%
2006 87,492+9.9%
2011 92,394+5.6%
(M) adjustment due to merger with Saint-Luc, Iberville, Saint-Athanase and L'Acadie.

The amalgamated municipalities (with 2001 population) were:




Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec[11]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
86,635 Increase 6.4% 94.79% 2,415 Increase 14.5% 2.64% 755 Increase 48.0% 0.83% 1,595 Decrease 20.6% 1.74%
81,445 Increase 137.1% 94.62% 2,110 Increase 68.1% 2.45% 510 Increase 88.9% 0.59% 2,010 Increase 131.0% 2.34%
34,350 Increase 1.1% 93.48% 1,255 Increase 16.2% 3.42% 270 Increase 3.8% 0.73% 870 Increase 74.0% 2.37%
33,985 n/a 94.86% 1,080 n/a 3.01% 260 n/a 0.73% 500 n/a 1.40%


The city is divided in 5 sectors which refer to the former municipalities. Each sectors contains different neighbourhoods:

Saint-Jean Saint-Luc Iberville Saint-Athanase Acadie
Vieux-St-Jean Vieux-St-Luc Vieux-Iberville Mille-Roche Vieux-Acadie (Village)
Saint-Gérard Prés-Verts Domaine Deland
Saint-Edmond Quatre-Vents
Saint-Lucien Ile-Ste-Thérèse


Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is home to the Carrefour Richelieu regional shopping mall which has 115 stores.[12]

Commuting patterns

The Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu public transit system provides commuter and local bus services.

According to the 2006 Census, about 23,855 residents (27.3% of the total population) work full-time in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, while 5,750 (6.6%) commute to work in Montreal on a daily basis. A further 1,810 residents (2.1%) work in Longueuil every day, 855 (1.0%) work in Brossard, 795 (0.9%) in Chambly, and 600 (0.7%) work in Boucherville.

By contrast only 745 people commute from Montreal to work in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu every day, while 715 people commute from Longueuil, 590 commute from Saint-Alexandre, 555 from Mont-Saint-Gregoire, and 450 each from Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu and Saint-Anne-de-Sabrevois.[13]


Chambly Canal

The city is split in two by Autoroute de la Vallée-des-Forts (Autoroute 35) which goes North-South by going first through St-Luc district, then turns east just south of Pierre-Caisse Blvd in Saint-Jean-sur-Richlieu district to cross the Richelieu River and to finally continue its way south through St-Athanase and Iberville districts. The highway continues south for some 24 km before ending at Saint-Sébastien.

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has its own Municipal airport and is also close to Montreal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport.

The former International Railway of Maine runs through the town, now the connecting point for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway with the Canadian Pacific Railway. The former Saint-Jean-d'Iberville railway station is now a preserved building.


The South Shore Protestant Regional School Board previously served the municipality.[14]

Notable natives and residents

See also


  1. Reference number 92441 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. 1 2 Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  3. Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: SAINT-JEAN (Quebec)
  4. 1 2 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  5. 1 2 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Population centre), Quebec
  6. 1 2 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Census agglomeration), Quebec. The census agglomeration consists of only Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu itself. This is unchanged from the 2006 census.
  7. Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
  8. "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  9. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  10. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  11. 1 2 Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  12. "Carrefour Richelieu". The Westcliff Group of Companies. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  13. "Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, V (Que.)". Commuting Flow Census Subdivisions: Sex (3) for the Employed Labour Force 15 Years and Over Having a Usual Place of Work of Census Subdivisions, Flows Greater than or Equal to 20, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  14. King, M.J. (Chairperson of the board). "South Shore Protestant Regional School Board" (St. Johns, PQ). The News and Eastern Townships Advocate. Volume 119, No. 5. Thursday December 16, 1965. p. 2. Retrieved from Google News on November 23, 2014.
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