Brossard | The Canadian Encyclopedia



Brossard, Quebec, population 85,721 (2016 census), 79,273 (2011 census). Incorporated as a city in 1978, from 2002 to 2006 Brossard was a borough of Longueuil. Longueil was created by the amalgamation of eight distinct municipalities, including Brossard. In a 2004 referendum, Brossard residents voted to reconstitute their city. In 2006, Brossard again became its own municipality. Brossard is located on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River, a short distance from the Champlain Bridge that links it to Montreal.


In 1958, the city of Brossard was created out of the amalgamation of La-Nativité-de-Laprairie and La Prairie. Twenty years later, in 1978, Brossard merged with the municipalities of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur and Notre-Dame-de-Laprairie-de-la-Madeleine. Brossard got its name from one of the pioneer families of the region. One of the members of this family, Georges-Henri Brossard, happened to be mayor during this time.

Development and Population

Brossard grew rapidly following the Second World War. The city’s growth accelerated after the opening of Champlain Bridge (1962) and the setting up of a public transportation system (1971). Its population grew from 2,500 in 1958 to 65,000 by the end of the century.

One of Brossard's most striking demographic characteristics is the ethnic diversity of its population. According to the 2016 census, prominent ethnic groups within the city include Chinese (14.2 per cent of the population), Arab (6 per cent), Black (5.2 per cent), South Asian (4.7 per cent) and Latin American (4.3 per cent). The majority of immigrants living in Brossard cite their country of birth as China, followed by Viet Nam, Morocco, Hong Kong and Mauritius. Indigenous peoples make up 0.4 per cent of Brossard’s population.


As with most suburbs, Brossard’s service and retail sectors fuel the economy while its industrial park has a mixture of light and medium industry.