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Laval is a city, a regional county municipality and a region in southwestern Quebec, Canada in the Greater Montreal Area. It is located on Ile Jesus, across the Rivière des Prairies from Montreal. It also includes the Îles-Laval in the Rivière des Prairies. The city has a population of 343,005 (Statistics Quebec , 2001). Laval also constitutes one of the 17 regions of Quebec.
Laval was named after the first owner of Île Jésus, François de Montmorency-Laval, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Quebec. It was incorporated on August 6, 1965 when the Quebec government merged the 14 municipalities that comprised Laval County:
The Island is still very rural in nature, with most of the urban area in the central region, and along the south and west coasts. Laval is served by Autoroutes 25, 19, 13 and 15 and is traverssed by Autoroute 440 . There are six road bridges to the Montreal island, and seven bridges to the north shore region, comprising of the communities of Deux-Montagnes, Saint-Eustache, Boisbriand, Rosemère, Lorraine, Bois-des-Filion , and Terrebonne.
Politically, Laval is a battleground area between the Quebec nationalist parties (The Bloc Quebecois federally and the Parti Quebecois provincially) and the federalist parties (The Liberal Party of Canada and the Parti liberal du Quebec). The only exception is Chomedy in the south, which voted overwhelmingly to not separate in the 1995 Quebec referendum. The other parts of Laval were narrowly split.
The city is about 6% Anglophone, 73% Francophone and 20% Allophone. The city is 91% White, but is also home to a sizable black and Arab minority. The city is 81% Roman Catholic. The median income is $23,965.
Laval's main attraction is the Cosmodôme .
Bois-des-Filion , Terrebonne
Rosemere, Broisbriand, Saint-Eustache
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