True to its heritage and focused on its future, Gatineau thrives on its Francophone nature and its cultural, social and economic diversity, which is fully expressed in the Gatineau-Ottawa region. As the Outaouais' main urban centre, it serves as a main economic pole and assumes with determination its place as one of Quebec's major cities.
Gatineau impresses through its qualities as an international calibre city and through its proposed model of an incomparable viable community. It is a source of pride for its residents, an attractive destination for visitors and one of the top places for business among investors.
Residents of all ages from different origins help build a sound, safe and lively living environment, where it feels good to live. Gatineau offers everyone an impressive array of cultural, sports and recreational activities, and sees the changes in its population as an opportunity to renew itself.
Gatineau's governance model is founded on the principles of sustainable development. It promotes involvement on the part of residents, community life, and partnerships with institutions and businesses towards the development of its full economic, cultural, sport, social, community and environmental potential.
A green city through and through, Gatineau is nestled in a constantly changing natural lush setting, where its hills, waterways and varied landscapes blend harmoniously into the core of its urban villages and rural living environments. It is in this setting that individuals, families and the community grow.
Guided by its organizational values and aware of its role as the Outaouais' main urban centre, Gatineau's primary mission is to constantly improve the quality of life of its residents and of the community in a spirit of responsible management of all of its resources and the growth of a viable community.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.