Maria, Quebec

Church in Maria
Location within Avignon RCM.
Location in eastern Quebec.
Coordinates: 48°10′N 65°59′W[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJuly 1, 1855
  MayorNormand Audet
  Federal ridingAvignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
  Prov. ridingBonaventure
  Total94.60 km2 (36.53 sq mi)
  Land94.86 km2 (36.63 sq mi)
 There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
  Density26.7/km2 (69/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
G0C 1Y0
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 132

Maria is a municipality in Quebec, Canada.


Maria had been the location of a Mi'kmaq summer coastal community prior to European settlement.[4] In 1774, the area began to be settled by American Loyalists, and Scottish and Irish settlers. In 1842, the geographic township was formed, named in honour of Lady Maria Howard, wife of Guy Carleton and third daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Effingham.[1]

In 1845, the Township Municipality of Maria was established, dissolved, and re-established in 1855. In 1860, the place experienced rapid development when a group of Acadians arrived and founded the Parish of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Maria.[1]

In 1977, Maria changed status from township municipality to just municipality.[1]


The main economy of the municipality is the hospital which serves the entire region. The hospital of Maria was built between New Richmond and Carleton-sur-Mer.


Canada census – Maria, Quebec community profile
2011 2006
Population: 2,536 (+5.6% from 2006) 2,401 (-2.3% from 2001)
Land area: 94.86 km2 (36.63 sq mi) 94.86 km2 (36.63 sq mi)
Population density: 25.3/km2 (66/sq mi) 25.3/km2 (66/sq mi)
Median age: 45.9 (M: 45.6, F: 46.2) 45.9 (M: 45.6, F: 46.2)
Total private dwellings: 1,122 1,031
Median household income: $50,129 $48,263
References: 2011[3] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical Census Data - Maria, Quebec[7]
1991 2,491    
1996 2,581+3.6%
2001 2,458−4.8%
2006 2,401−2.3%
2011 2,536+5.6%

See also


  1. "Maria (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  2. "Maria". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  3. "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  4. "Micmac Locations". Micmac Tribe. Access Genealogy. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  5. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  6. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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