Joliette is a city in southwest Quebec, Canada. It is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Montreal, on the L'Assomption River and is the seat of the Regional County Municipality of Joliette. The city is home to the Joliette Art Museum, whose works of art include paintings, sculptures, paper artwork and a large collection of art from the French Middle Ages.

Saint-Charles-Borromée Cathedral
Location within Joliette RCM.
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°01′N 73°27′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedNovember 12, 1966
  MayorAlain Beaudry
  Federal ridingJoliette
  Prov. ridingJoliette
  City23.60 km2 (9.11 sq mi)
  Land22.81 km2 (8.81 sq mi)
  Metro109.03 km2 (42.10 sq mi)
  Density860.3/km2 (2,228/sq mi)
  Metro density430.5/km2 (1,115/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011
Demonym(s)Joliettain, Joliettaine
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579

Route 131
Route 158
Route 343

Joliette has 3 francophone high schools and 1 anglophone high school, as well as the Joliette campus of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière.

It was founded as L'Industrie by businessman Barthélemy Joliette in 1823 and was incorporated as a city in 1863.

The city's economy is mainly in the manufacturing and service sectors. The largest gravel manufacturer in the area, Graybec, is located in Joliette and exploits a huge quarry just outside the city.

Joliette is the seat of the judicial district of Joliette.[5]

Government and infrastructure

Joliette Institution for Women, a prison of the Correctional Service of Canada, is in this town.

Local institutions


  • Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette - Collège Constituent de Joliette

Commission scolaire des Samares operates Francophone public schools;

  • École secondaire Thérèse-Martin
  • École secondaire Barthélemy-Joliette
  • École Primaire Les Mélèzes
  • École Primaire Saint-Pierre (Marie-Charlotte)

Anglophone schools are operated by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board:

Private schools:

  • Académie Antoine-Manseau (francophone)


  • Diocèse de Joliette
  • Cathédrale Saint-Charles-Borromée de Joliette

Notable People

See also


  1. Reference number 125035 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. "Joliette". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  3. "Joliette census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  4. "Joliette (Census agglomeration) census profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-05-24.. The census agglomeration consists of Joliette, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Saint-Charles-Borromée, Saint-Paul. In the 2006 census, the census agglomeration had also included Saint-Pierre.
  5. Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
  6. "JOLIETTE ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  7. "Joliette High School Zone Sec 1-5." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 5, 2017.

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