The Haut-Saint-François regional county municipality (RCM) is located in southeastern Quebec, in the Estrie administrative region. The RCM comprises nearly 2300 km2, 83% of which is forested, and includes 14 municipalities and a population of nearly 23,000 residents. Immigrants account for less than 2% of this population.
Most of the RCM’s economic activities are located in its western part, where most residents live. A large portion of the RCM is covered by forest, a sought-after source of wood for pulp and paper plants and sawmills. The forest industry provides many jobs, and production of wood-based products, which accounts for nearly half of the manufacturing workforce, is one of the RCM’s key economic sectors.
In the agriculture sector, nearly 600 farms and businesses—producing grain, protein crops, hay, Christmas trees, vegetables, and non-timber forest products—contribute significantly to the regional economy. There is also a large number of cattle, dairy, and pig production operations, as well as sheep farms and aquaculture farms, the latter accounting for 58% of this type of agricultural production in the Estrie Region.
Valoris, an expanding industrial facility involved in residual materials recovery and re-use, has also been established in partnership with the City of Sherbrooke. Many of the 200 businesses operating in the area are run by self-employed workers (an increasingly widespread trend) and are facilitated by the RCM’s extensive high-speed Internet coverage.
People are available to provide you with support and guidance in your efforts to settle in the area (referrals to community services and resources, networking to find employment or housing, site visits, links to networking activities in the communities, etc.)
(for individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 with post-secondary degrees or diplomas)
Specialized job-hunting service for 16- to 35-year-olds (drafting of resumés and cover letters, practice for interviews, and local knowledge)
150 rue Angus Sud # 1A, East Angus
Place aux jeunes is an organization associated with the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi that is involved in helping young graduates between the ages of 18 and 35 to permanently settle and find long-term employment in the region. It refers young graduates to local resources, particularly with respect to employment.
150 rue Angus Sud # 1A, East Angus
Intro-Travail provides its clients (aged 16 years or more) with structured support, advice on job-hunting methods, and personalized counselling to help them enter or re-enter the labour market, identify new choices of occupations, or plan their return to school.
120 rue Angus Nord, East Angus
The Services Québec office addresses the needs of individuals and businesses, whether it concerns job hunting, managing human resources, or developing skills.
It has a multipurpose room with a wide range of tools to help find employment: telephones, computer, printer, and job board documentation. You can set up an appointment with someone to help you draw up your personalized action plan. Services Québec provides an online job placement service.
120, rue Angus Nord, East Angus
Toll free: 1-800-363-1539
The Local Development Centre helps businesses with their projects: business start-up or expansion projects, group projects that have an impact on socio-economic development, etc.
61 rue Laurier, East Angus,
The SADC [community development assistance corporation] is involved in developing the socio-economic potential and the community of the Haut-Saint-François RCM by providing technical support, advice, and supplementary financing.
47 rue Angus Nord, East Angus
The Chambre de Commerce du Haut-St-François is a group of businesspeople who want to further the socio-economic development of their region.
221, rue St-Jean Ouest, East Angus
25, rue Principale Ouest, bureau 201, Cookshire-Eaton
Yolande Lemire is a local networking agent who can help people find a farm or hobby farm in the Haut-St-François region.
61 rue Laurier, East Angus
580 rue Bowen Sud, Sherbrooke
3100, 12e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke (Exit 7, Highway 610)
3569, rue Laval, Lac-Mégantic
160, rue Pope, Cookshire-Eaton 819-875-5535
Organization promoting mental health by offering non-judgmental support and active listening for persons in need.
37, rue Angus Nord, East Angus
209, rue des Érables, Weedon
Coordinating office: 873-825-7272
268, rue Saint-Jean Ouest, East Angus
Aide à domicile Haut-Saint-François is a social economy organization whose mission is to provide quality home support services to all Haut-Saint-François RCM residents (housekeeping, caregiver respite services, personal care, etc.). Services provided in French and English with rates according to age and income.
161, rue Angus Sud #1, East-Angus
La Relève du Haut-Saint-François is the “family home” of the Haut-Saint-François RCM. Its mission is to set up a discussion forum for parents. It organizes chats over coffee so that parents can share their knowledge, experiences, and questions on the various topics in which they are interested and concerned about. The organization provides a drop-in daycare service, workshops for parents, activities for children and teenagers, a counselling service and a local support service to refer people to community resources.
50, rue Craig Sud, Cookshire-Eaton
The organization also provides services at its location in Scotstown.
La Méridienne is a shelter and transition house for women victims of domestic violence and their children in all Estrie Region municipalities.
The Centre des femmes du Haut-Saint-François La Passerelle is an organization that creates an inclusive place of belonging for trans women, cis women, queer persons, non-binary persons, and persons questioning their gender identity—a place where participants can break their isolation and create solidarity with one another. The organization speaks out against injustices committed against them and defends their rights.
Complimentary services in English and French.
275, rue Principale Est, Cookshire-Eaton
Toll-free number: 1-877-447-3423
The Centre d’action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François is a volunteer action centre that provides tax-filing services (for low-income people), home support services, frozen meals on wheels, and accompaniment and transportation for medical appointments. The organization also provides a hot meal service (for seniors aged 65 and over living in East Angus).
209, rue Des Érables, local # 311
288, avenue Maple
Les Étincelles de Bonheur du Haut-Saint-François is a support organization that provides services for persons with physical or mental disabilities and for their family and friends.
56, rue Laurier, East Angus
Cuisines Collectives du Haut-Saint-François is an organization whose mission is to promote food self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyles in order to improve the health and quality of life of individuals by forming small groups of people who together plan and cook economical and nutritious meals.
53, rue Angus Sud, East Angus
Moisson Haut-Saint-François provides for the food needs of low-income people and families. The organization operates as a drop-in centre where staff actively listen to people in difficulty and aims to promote social integration and engagement through various community projects.
53, rue Angus Sud, East Angus
Moisson Cookshire helps persons in need in the Haut St-François RCM. Every Thursday, people (families, couples, or individuals) can come and pick up food boxes.
90, rue Principale Est, Cookshire-Eaton
Corporation de développement communautaire du Haut-Saint-François is an independent community action organization whose primary goal is to contribute to the socio-economic development of the Haut-Saint-François RCM. The CDC brings together organizations providing volunteer services, food aid, education, employment, recreation, transportation, and support for seniors, women, young people, and families.
221, rue St-Jean Ouest, East Angus
Employees in municipal offices are the best people to contact about current housing projects in the area: residential developments, opening of new streets, construction opportunities, financial incentives, etc.
The following is the list of 14 cities and municipalities in the Haut-Saint-François RCM and some useful links to obtain housing information.
We obtained the following data on the cost of property and rent in the Haut-Saint-François RCM from a study submitted in December 2020 that was conducted by the Corporation de développement communautaire du Haut-Saint-François:
Median cost of a single-family home: $199,000.
Median cost of a rental dwelling: $767/month
232, chemin Desruisseaux, Ascot Corner
4422, route 112 Ascot Corner
Rue du Boisé, Cookshire Eaton
Rue Cormier, East Angus
Rue Saint-Jacques, East-Angus
In front of the golf course
819-832-2195 or 819-678-2126
819-571-5650 or 819-578-1490
Industries Mavi inc.
819-560-8550, ext. 2505
To find houses for sale in the Haut-Saint-François RCM, first use the Centris search engine.
To find apartments and houses for rent and houses and lots for sale, go to the following websites: Les Pac, Kijiji, estrieplus.com, Louer.ca, Pourlouer.ca, and Du Proprio.
To obtain useful information from social networks and perhaps find an advertisement for an apartment or house for rent in the Haut-Saint-François RCM, consult the Facebook pages of the municipalities and notice boards (spotted) maintained by residents’ associations. Refer to the following:
For Ascot Corner: https://www.facebook.com/Babillard-Ascot-Corner
For Cookshire-Eaton: https://mbasic.facebook.com/Spotted-cookshire-et-environs/
For Dudswell: https://www.facebook.com/groups/526593990732819/
For East-Angus: https://www.facebook.com/spottedeastangus/
For Weedon: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabillardWeedon/
There is some low-income housing in the Haut-Saint-François RCM for various clienteles. The following is a list of addresses:
250, 5e Avenue, Weedon J0B 3J0
The Le moulin des cèdres housing coop is for seniors aged 55+ who are single, or in a couple and have no children.
34, rue Principale Nord, La Patrie, J0B 1Y0
The Coopérative de solidarité Monts et Vallée is for seniors aged 75+ who are autonomous or semi-autonomous.
80, rue Blouin, app. 106, East Angus, J0B 1R0
The Coopérative Rive-Sud is for autonomous persons aged 50+.
Contact: Lucie Leblanc, 819-832-3233
225, 5ème avenue, Weedon, J0B 3J0
The Coopérative du Ruisseau Weedon is for persons aged 75+, or younger if semi-autonomous.
Contact: Luc Ouellet, 819-877-2917
To find out more about housing coops in the Haut-Saint-François RCM, go to https://www.cooperativehabitation.coop/estrie/ or call the Fédération des Coopératives d’habitation de l’Estrie at 819-566-6303.
Some low-income housing is available in the Haut-Saint-François RCM for various clienteles. The following is a list of addresses:
10 housing units for persons aged 50+
6 housing units for families
15 housing units for persons aged 50+
30 housing units for persons aged 50+
To find more about low-income housing in the Haut-Saint-François RCM and about rental opportunities, call the Office régional d’Habitation du Haut-Saint-François (ORH) at 819-943-4281 and speak to the low-income housing manager.
210, rue Principale Est, Cookshire-Eaton, J0B 1Mo
82, rue Grondin, East Angus, J0B 1R0
10, Cookshire Street, Sawyerville, J0B 3A0
450, 2e Avenue, Weedon, J0B 3J0
339, rue Roy Nord, Weedon, J0B 3J0
222, rue Craig Sud, Cookshire-Eaton, J0B 1M0
Complex of 20 low-income housing units managed by a not-for-profit organization
The Haut-Saint-François RCM is well provided with daycare services. The region has many organizations to make life easier for parents: early childhood education (ECE) centres, in-home daycares, child-care services in schools and summer activity facilitation services in municipalities during vacation periods.
38, rue Angus Nord, J0B 1R0
(for all information concerning places available in the system) https://www.facebook.com/Bureau-Coordonnateur-Haut-Saint-Fran%C3%A7ois-1415044355260671/
Contact the Haut-Saint-François Coordinating Office at 819-832-3003 or visit the 0-to-5-year-old section to see the list.
Go to the websites of the school service centres to see the list.
There are nine French-language elementary schools in the Haut-Saint-François RCM, including eight under the jurisdiction of the Centre de services scolaires des Hauts-Cantons (CSSHC) https://csshc.gouv.qc.ca/ and one under the jurisdiction of the Centre de services scolaires de la Région de Sherbrooke (CSSRS). https://www.csrs.qc.ca/static/fr/accueil/index.html
The three English-language elementary schools are under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Townships School Board. http://www.etsb.qc.ca/
188, rue Kennedy, East Angus (Québec) J0B 1R0
1700, rue College, Sherbrooke, (Québec)J1M 1Z9
Located on the outskirts of the Cookshire-Eaton municipality, Alexander Galt Regional High School serves the English-speaking population of the Haut-Saint-François RCM.
308, rue Palmer, East Angus (Québec) J0B 1R0
The Centre de formation professionnelle (CFP) du Haut-Saint-François provides vocational training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS).
188, rue Kennedy, East Angus (Québec) J0B 1R0
The Adult Education Department offers courses to complete the requirements for high school (DES), or to obtain the prerequisites for vocational studies (DEP) or college studies (DEC), and provides many services for students (orientation, prior learning assessments and recognition, etc.).
There are two colleges located near the Haut-Saint-François RCM.
2580 College Street, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville sector)
475 rue du Collège, Sherbrooke
The Transport de personnes HSF [Haut-Saint-François public transit] green line goes directly to https://www.cegepsherbrooke.qc.ca/ the CÉGEP de Sherbrooke from Cookshire-Eaton, East Angus, Westbury, and Ascot Corner.
Haut-Saint-François RCM residents have access to two nearby universities: the French-language Université de Sherbrooke and the English-language Bishop’s University.
2500, boul. de l’Université, Sherbrooke
3001, 12e avenue, Sherbrooke
2600 rue College, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville sector)
The CSEP is a public literacy organization whose activities are intended to reduce illiteracy and improve the quality of life of people with little education. It provides training in basic reading, writing, calculation, and computer skills.
90, rue Angus Nord, East Angus, QC J0B 1R0
The intermunicipal public transit and paratransit service provides daily service to Sherbrooke (CEGEP) for the municipalities of Cookshire-Eaton, East Angus, Westbury, and Ascot Corner, as well as other transportation services upon reservation.
819-832-2711 or 819-832-1717
190, rue Kennedy, East Angus, J0B 1R0
185, rue des Érables, Weedon, J0B 3J0
There are outdoor skating rinks in most of the municipalities. Contact employees in the municipal offices to find out about skating schedules.
Rue du Lac, Dudswell (secteur Marbleton), J0B 1G0
50, rang des Pointes, Lingwick, J0B 2Z0
Route 257, Chartierville
Activities: hiking and cycling
45, rue Willard, East Angus
Activities: hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
176, chemin Gendron, Cookshire-Eaton
Activities: hiking, snowshoeing. and cross-country skiing
520, chemin de Franceville, Scotstown
Activities: hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and, cross-country skiing
chemin de Franceville, Scotstown
Activities: hiking and snowshoeing
229, chemin Gosford Est, Westbury
819-832-2605 and 819-864-6314
For a more complete list of the parks and other recreational areas, go to www.oselehaut.ca.
Haut-Saint-François has many cultural events held throughout the year in various performance venues, as well as art galleries and artist workshops to visit, and routes you can take to commune with history and admire the region’s beautiful landscapes from lookout points.
The following is an overview of a few cultural events and the places where they are held in the Haut-Saint-François RCM:
Music Festival at the Summits in Chartierville; Rock’n Blues in La Patrie; Les Concerts de la Gare in East Angus, and Les Concerts pique-nique in Cookshire-Eaton, the Circuit des sheds panoramiques, the Townships Trail, and the Scottish Trail, and the Victoria Hall art gallery in Cookshire-Eaton, to name just a few.
The Centre culturel de Weedon is the main indoor concert venue in the region. Go to: https://oselehaut.ca/carte/www.ccweedon.com/culture
The Haut-Saint-François RCM has a variety of options for accommodation, such as inns, B&Bs, and rental cottages, for vacationing visitors staying for short periods and for extended stays.
For a schedule of cultural events and things to do in the Haut-Saint-François RCM and to obtain information on where to stay and dine in the region, go to the Haut-Saint-François tourism website at https://www.tourismehsf.ca/en/.
Un territoire adapté aux familles.
14 municipalités uniques.
Un système scolaire complet.
Projets sociaux, emplois et services à la population.
Loisirs et événements festifs pour toute la famille.
Un précieux patrimoine culturel et naturel.