Gaspé Main Industries
Wind Power Industry
The wind industry plays an important role in the Gaspé economy. Several companies working in this field have chosen to set up base in Gaspé, thereby creating several hundred jobs in the region and making it the main wind hub in eastern Canada.
Groupe Ohméga, also based in Gaspé, works in the construction, operation and industrial maintenance sectors. Its team is made up of more than 50 specialized resources, including technicians and engineers.
Furthermore, Kuma break pads based in Gaspé, manufactures brake pads for wind turbines (over 1 MW). Its customer base includes major international OEMs, fleet owners and North American wind turbine operation and maintenance companies.
Other companies, such as Suspendem Rope Access, specialize in wind turbine maintenance and employ dozens of people.
The fisheries sector is a major economic driver in the Gaspé region, which includes Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec’s fishing capital, and L’Anse-au-Griffon.
Employing more than 250 people, Les Pêcheries Marinard, located in Rivière-au-Renard, is a leading Canadian processor of northern shrimp, producing between 13 and 15 million pounds per season.
Also located in Rivière-au-Renard, Les Pêcheries Gaspésiennes ensure the landing, processing, smoking, salting and drying of various species of ground fish. The company also provides a vast range of services to fishermen in addition to marine species transportation. It exports several of its products, including Gaspe Cured salted and dried cod. It also has a fish shop: La Gaspésienne.
In L’Anse-au-Griffon, La Crevette du Nord Atlantique specializes in the processing of northern shrimp. Its products are distributed in the Canadian market and exported. The company has 150 employees and processes nearly 13 million pounds of raw material annually.
As a coastal city, Gaspé brings together several companies specializing in the maritime sector. It includes three shipyards, a full range of fisheries-related services in the Rivière-au-Renard industrial park, and employment opportunities in fishery supervision and control.
Based in Gaspé, Chantier naval Forillon offers construction, repair, maintenance and modification of vessels: fishing boats, tugs, ferries and other projects. Its versatile team has more than 70 employees specialized in various fields: welding, mechanics, hydraulics, sandblasting, electricity, carpentry, fibreglass and painting.
Located in Rivière-au-Renard, Entreprises Maritimes Bouchard, builds fishing boats. Their shipyard employs approximately 40 people.
Soudure Gilles Aspirault, who is also located in Rivière-au-Renard, has about 20 employees and repairs and builds boats.
Based in Gaspé, Biorex Est du Québec, is one of Biorex Canada’s business lines, which coordinates fisheries observation programs. Contributing to the sustainable development of marine and coastal environments, it offers leading professional services in fisheries and aquatic sciences, environmental assessment and integrated ecosystem management. Biorex employs nearly a hundred technicians and professionals based in the Maritimes and Quebec. In the same niche, the ResMar company, also located in Gaspé, conducts dockside fisheries surveillance.
A well-known tourist destination, Gaspé offers a wide range of attractions and activities. And let’s not forget about the must-see Forillon National Park, adventure tourism companies, as well as many restaurants and shops.
With over 100 employees, Forillon National Park offers a vast range of experiences in a variety of environments such as sea, cliffs and forest. Visitors get to choose between many trails and interesting locations such as campsites, heritage buildings, and last but not least, Penouille Beach. The park’s staff works hard every day to protect its environment, historic sites and marine conservation areas.
Gaspé is an amazing playground, and many outdoor and adventure companies have chosen to set up base there. They employ various guides specialized in water sports (sailing, kayaking, canyoning, rafting …), ship captains and interpretive guides (e.g. for whale cruises), etc.
With its many restaurants, bars, boutiques, bio-food processing companies and other businesses, Gaspé provides jobs for hundreds of people. Visitors and residents alike get to choose between a wide range of restaurants (local, family, fast food, bars …), as well as various exciting companies that contribute to enhancing the region’s irresistible food range: microbreweries, distilleries, sugar bush, fishmongers, etc.