Who we are

Our history

Incorporated in 2006, our Local Table is in development and our goal is to represent the interests and realities of seniors in our MRC.

  • With the involvement of different organizations and the motivated seniors, we fully expect to get there.
  • With various community projects, such as:
    • Our intergenerational project
    • The development of a video document to help inform and to sensitize our seniors against potential abuse;
    • The organization of a forum to help connect our seniors.

We have made great strides in this direction and it continues.

With us, everything happens in both official languages and in full harmony, even if most of our meetings are held by telephone conference.

Our mission

Promote the implication of seniors on the Lower North Shore in decisions concerning their cultural and socio-economic development. Improve their health, well-being and quality of life.

Our territory

Founded in 2010, the MRC of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is part of the administrative region of Côte-Nord. Geographically, the MRC of the Gulf of St. Lawrence occupies the space between the East of the Natashquan River and the border of the province of Newfoundland (Labrador).

In Quebec, we know this region as the Lower North Shore. People call their land «The Coast », and speak of themselves, as « Coasters ».

Even with its spectacular scenery, our region is one of the lesser-known parts of Quebec. Located approximately at 1600 kilometres northeast of Montreal, it stretches for 375 kilometres along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Our region is described as a coastal stretch dotted with Islands, passages and sandy beaches. The Gulf of St. Lawrence here looks like the ocean, with its whale, its seabirds and icebergs that occasionally derive from Greenland. The tumultuous salmon rivers and others cross shoals and tundras.

About 5100 residents live in our MRC in a vast area of more than 65 000 km2. It is composed of five municipalities, one unorganized territories (TNO) and two Aboriginal communities. These municipalities are: Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent, Gros-Mécatina, Saint-Augustin, Bonne Espérance and Blanc-Sablon. TNO is Petit-Mécatina which covers most of the inland territory. The native communities are located at Unamen Shipu and Pakuashipi.

The region is characterized by the absence of road links between the villages, on a range of 375 miles along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With the exception of the East Sector (Bonne-Espérance and  Blanc-Sablon municipalities), the communities are only accessible by boat or by air.
The fishing industry is still today the main source of income, a lot of efforts are put into developing tourism, but the income generated by the fishing industry is still minimal.