Saint-Hyacinthe is a city in southwestern Quebec east of Montreal on the Yamaska River. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 53,236. The city is located in Les Maskoutains Regional County Municipality of the Montérégie region and is traversed by the Yamaska River which flows perpendicular to Quebec Autoroute 20. Saint-Hyacinthe is the seat of the judicial district of the same name.

Agriculture and its related derivates are at the heart of Saint-Hyacinthe's economic infrastructure. The city has been nicknamed the "Agricultural technopolis of Canada", because it is home to several research institutions in the field such as the Centre de Recherche sur-less aliments (CRDA), the Institut de Recherche et développement en agro-environment (IRDA), the Institute de technologies agroalimentaire (ITA) and the head office of the Artificial Insemination Center of Quebec (CIAQ).

Saint-Hyacinthe hosts numerous agriculture-related events such as fairs, exposition and congresses and acts as a hub in the field. So much so that the Agricultural Hall of Fame of Quebec decided to move there from Quebec City to give itself more visibility in the community.

In addition, it is also home to Orgues Létourneau, Casavant Frères pipe organ builders and Intact Financial, formerly known as Le Groupe Commerce.


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