By Gordon Lambie
Vision attractivité, an organization focused on getting new people to move to the Eastern Townships and stay, is celebrating a second year in a row of positive results. In a press release issued last Friday, the organization noted that the most recent data from the Institut de la statistique du Québec shows that the Estrie administrative region saw some of the highest rates of in-migration in the entire province, with more than 5,500 new residents moving to the area’s nine MRCs. That figure put the region in third place overall among growth regions.
“We were the only region to show growth across all age categories,” said Vanessa Cournoyer-Cyr, Vision attractivité’s Executive Director, in an interview on Monday.
Although the townships have a history of appealing to retirees, Cournoyer-Cyr said that this year’s numbers were encouraging, particularly for the signs that the region was attractive to young professionals and families.