Saint-Jean-Chrysostome | The Canadian Encyclopedia



Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, population 18,352 (2019), 17,089 (2001 census).  Saint-Jean-Chrysostome is located on the south bank of the St. Lawrence River. It is some 20 km south of Quebec City in the Chaudière-Appalaches Region. This region is characterized by fertile agricultural plains, plateaus and the majestic Appalachian mountains. (See Mountain Range.) Originally incorporated in 1965, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome became part of .


In 1651, a few French and Huron landed on the south bank opposite of Quebec. Due to the rocky terrain, the colonists settled further inland. There, the land was fertile and easier to clear. (See Population Settlement of New France.) In the years that followed, the colonists decided to create their own parish. They founded the parish of Saint-Jean-Chrysostome in 1828. They choose a name that had the same initial letters as the seigneur de Lauzon, Sir John Caldwell. By 1830, 1,200 people had settled at Saint-Jean-Chrysostome. In 1855, the parish became the municipality of Saint-Jean-Chrysostome. In 1965, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome became a city.

Present Day

Saint-Jean-Chrysostome's economy has remained agricultural. Demographic growth has proceeded at a remarkable speed in recent years. This boom is primarily due to the addition and continued development of the city's infrastructure.

In 2002, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome merged with the city of Lévis.