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Coat of arms of Châteauguay
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Official logo of Châteauguay
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(Latin: "Stronger when United")
Location within Roussillon RCM
Location within Roussillon RCM
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Roussillon
Constituted November 3, 1975
 • City 46.50 km2 (17.95 sq mi)
 • Land 35.89 km2 (13.86 sq mi)
 • Urban
91.44 km2 (35.31 sq mi)
 • City 46,264
 • Density 1,278.9/km2 (3,312/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density 774.4/km2 (2,006/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 7.3%
 • Dwellings
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
J6J, J6K
Area code(s) 450 and 579

Route 132
Route 138

Châteauguay is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, located both on the Chateauguay River and Lac St-Louis, which is a section of the St. Lawrence River. The population of the city of Châteauguay at the 2011 Census was 45,904, and the population centre was 70,812.


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Church of Saint-Joachim, a National Historic Site of Canada

The land was first given to Charles Lemoyne by the governor of New France at the time, the Comte de Frontenac with the intention of setting up a seigneurie in the area. Afterwards the seigneurie was assumed by Zacharie Robutel de la Noue in 1706. In 1763 France relinquished its claims in Canada and Châteauguay was now under British mandate. The seigneurie was bought by Marguerite d'Youville, a founder of the Quebec religious society the Grey Nuns in 1765 and 10 years later construction began on the Church of Saint-Joachim.

Châteauguay played an important part in the colonial history of North America. With the United States having declared war on Britain in 1812, Châteauguay was seen as little more than a good vantage point to post troops to defend Montreal against an invasion. This prong of the American advance on Montreal ended with the Battle of the Châteauguay, where on October 25, 1813, Lieutenant Colonel Charles de Salaberry succeeded in halting the American force of 4,000 advancing on Montreal with only some 400 troops, mostly French-Canadian and 170 Kahnawake Mohawk warriors. The second American incursion towards Montreal was defeated shortly after at Crysler's Farm on November 11.

During the Lower Canada Rebellion, Châteauguay was the scene of a notable action involving Les Patriotes. In November 1838, members of the French-Canadian rebel group, including the leaders of the rebels were arrested: François-Maurice Lepailleur, who was later exiled to Australia, and two natives of Châteauguay, Joseph Duquet and Joseph-Narcisse Cardinal, both of whom were later hanged at the prison at Au-pied-du-courant and subsequently interred beneath a monument to les Patriotes at Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery in Montreal.

The actual village of Châteauguay was created in 1855, after the abolition of the seigneurie system in Quebec by the British colonial regime. Later on the city annexed two neighboring districts, Châteauguay-Heights (1968) and Châteauguay-Centre (1975). In 1982, with the passage of the Loi sur l'aménagement et l'urbanisme, Québec, the city became part of the Roussillon Regional County Municipality.



Canada census – Châteauguay community profile
2011 2006
Population: 45,904 (+7.3% from 2006) 42,786 (+4.3% from 2001)
Land area: 35.89 km2 (13.86 sq mi) 35.89 km2 (13.86 sq mi)
Population density: 1,278.9/km2 (3,312/sq mi) 1,192.1/km2 (3,088/sq mi)
Median age: 42.2 (M: 40.9, F: 43.6) 41.4 (M: 40.1, F: 42.6)
Total private dwellings: 18,429 16,594
Median household income: $58,008 $54,184
References: 2011 2006 earlier
Historical Census Data - Châteauguay, Quebec
Year Pop. ±%
1991 39,833 —    
1996 41,423 +4.0%
2001 41,003 −1.0%
2006 42,786 +4.3%
2011 45,904 +7.3%


Chateauguay has traditionally had one of the highest proportions of English speakers in the Montérégie region. As according to the 2011 census, The prominent languages primarily spoken at home by their relative share of the population are French(60%), English(30%) and Spanish(2%)

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Châteauguay, Quebec
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
27,385 Increase 0.4% 60.68% 12,250 Increase 14.4% 27.14% 765 Increase 93.7% 1.70% 4,730 Increase 32.1% 10.48%
27,285 Increase 1.5% 65.01% 10,710 Decrease 1.9% 25.52% 395 Decrease 21.8% 0.94% 3,580 Increase 55.7% 8.53%
26,875 Increase 2.2% 66.19% 10,920 Decrease 9.3% 26.90% 505 Increase 11.0% 1.24% 2,300 Increase 8.5% 5.67%
26,285 n/a 64.26% 12,045 n/a 29.45% 455 n/a 1.11% 2,120 n/a 5.18%


Twelve different ethnic groups represent at least 1% of the population in Chateauguay. The most prominent of them according to the 2006 census and their relative share are Canadian (56%), French (29%), Irish (12%), English (10%), and Scottish (9%)

Famous people

  • Rick Genest (born August 7, 1985), also known as Zombie Boy, is a well-known fashion model and entertainer
  • Corey Crawford (born 31 December 1984 in Châteauguay) is a hockey goalie, currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford was the Blackhawks' 2nd round choice (52nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was the second goaltender to be drafted that year after Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury. Crawford became a Stanley Cup champion on June 24, 2013, when the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 3-2 in game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston. He later won the Stanley Cup again with Chicago against the Lightning posting a 2-0 shutout in game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals
  • Caroline Van Vlaardingen, a reporter and occasional anchor for CTV Montreal, grew up and attended elementary and high school in Châteauguay, QC.
  • Kim St-Pierre, a goaltender for Team Canada's women hockey team, is a three-time gold medalist at the 2002, the 2006 Winter Olympics, and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • Pierre Falardeau, creator of the Elvis Gratton series, is a Châteauguay native. The first 30 minutes of Elvis Gratton, Le King des Kings was filmed in Châteauguay.
  • Award-winning cartoonist Chester Brown was raised in Châteauguay and attended Julius Richardson and Howard S. Billings schools. He was the creator of the SuperBee cartoons in the HSB yearbook.
  • Veteran comic book artist Dale Eaglesham spent the first 26 years of his life in Châteauguay. He is currently illustrating Justice Society of America for DC Comics.
  • Astrophysicist Hubert Reeves was born in the town west of Châteauguay, Léry.
  • Annie Jack, (1839 – 1912), the first Canadian professional woman garden writer, lived and gardened in Châteauguay.
  • Matthew Norman (born 20 June 1988) is an offensive lineman drafted by the BC Lions at the 2012 CFL draft.
  • Robyn Flynn, a radio personality that can be heard on both CJAD and TSN 690 (CKGM), grew up in Châteauguay, QC. She was a member of the Howard S. Billings Regional High School class of 2004.
  • Colin Mochrie, a comedian famous for his role on Whose Line is it Anyway?, lived in Chateauguay for five years as a child.
  • Bilal Butt, host of the afternoon drive on CHOM grew up in Chateauguay, and attended Howard S. Billings Regional High School.

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