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425 Dufferin street
Stanstead, Quebec J0B 3E2

Phone : (819) 876-7181
Fax : (819) 876-5560
Email :

Town Hall Business hours
Monday to Wednesday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Water or sewer emergencies

Service : (819) 876-7181, extension *

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Situated on the Canada-US border, the town of Stanstead is exceptionally well located. The location is of particular interest for investors as it provides direct access to Canadian and American markets.

Statistics show a steady increase in the volume of commercial traffic at the border. With a million travelers stopping annually at customs on Autoroute 55, the town of Stanstead represents the second busiest entry in the province. Beebe customs and the crossing on Route 143 in Rock Island receive another half million travelers.

Distance from Montreal, Qc
1.5 hours
158 km

Distance from Boston, MA
3.5 hours
360 km

Distance from New York, NY
6 hours
594 km

Road access

  • Parallel to Highway 55;
  • 30 minutes from Highway 10;
  • Highway 55 becomes Interstate 91 in the United States.

Air access

  • 25 minutes from the Newport, Vermont airport.

Industrial Parks

Stanstead has two industrial parks:

  • Stanstead Industrial Park, which is located just two minutes from the U.S. border, boasts an exceptional location at the intersection of Autoroute 55 and Route 143;
  • Beebe Industrial Park is located just 2 minutes from the local customs office.

The majority of companies located in the industrial parks are in the granite and transportation business.

For more information regarding Stanstead’s industrial parks, please contact us at 819-876-7181, ext. 0 or email:

Municipal taxes

The town of Stanstead boasts the lowest business tax rate in the Memphrémagog MRC.

It also provides tax credits for improvement and expansion of industrial or commercial buildings.

2015 Tax Rates :

  • The median portion, or the percentage of taxable evaluation in relation to the market, is valued at 92% and the comparative factor is 1.09%;
  • Property tax on commercial buildings is $ 0,9988 / $100 assessment.
  • Property tax on industrial buildings is $ 1,1505 / $100 assessment.
  • Water tax rate for industries using a counter is $ 2.18 / 1000 gallons with a minimum of $218.

Manpower and Training

The town of Stanstead has a population of approximately 3,000. Neighbouring municipalities add approximately 6,000 more people, making up a labour pool of interest to companies who settle in Stanstead.

The population is distinguished by its bilingualism, an undeniable asset for employers wishing to develop international markets.

Several generations of specialized labour in the granite industry adds to the local market.

A Network of Bilingual Education

Two primary schools are located in the town: Jardin-des Frontieres (Francophone) and Sunnyside (Anglophone).

Stanstead College, a world-renowned boarding school for high school-aged students, is also located in town.

Stanstead benefits from a comprehensive network of bilingual education at all levels:

  • Universities: Sherbrooke and Bishop’s.
  • Colleges: Cégep de Sherbrooke, Champlain Regional College, Séminaire de Sherbrooke;
  • Seven vocational training centres;
  • Commission Scolaire des Sommets School Board, including Polyvalente Laruche in Magog;
  • Private schools: College des Servites, Seminaire Salesian, Séminaire de Sherbrooke, École Mont Notre-Dame;
  • Eight adult education centres;
  • Institute Desgraff (video games design);
  • Collège de l’Estrie (private college).

Quality of Life - An exceptional life-style

The town of Stanstead offers an attractive living environment and a unique natural environment. The Memphrémagog region is distinguished by the numerous mountains and lakes which weave through it. The following represent the foundation of family, cultural and athletic activities in the area:

  • Proximity of Lakes Memphremagog and Massawippi, for various water sports;
  • Bicycle paths linking to the Tomifobia Nature Trail, Jay Peak as well as Burke Mountain, well known for its mountain bike trails;
  • The Pat Burns Arena, for hockey and skating;
  • The Colby-Curtis Museum, for exhibits and cultural activities;
  • The Haskell Opera House, for plays and performances of all kinds;
  • Etc.

When it comes to health, Stanstead offers the services of a local community health clinic (CLSC). A local grocery store, an artisanal bakery and several businesses ensure that the needs of daily and family life are met.

People who choose to live in Stanstead also benefit from affordable housing and rental opportunities.

Business Start-Up Assistance

Developers starting their business in Stanstead can rely on start-up services offered by the Memphrémagog MRC.

The role of the MRC’s business development team:

  • Assist the developer in all stages of the business project (help to develop a business plan, budget preparation, etc.);
  • Provide the developer with relevant tools;
  • Direct the developer to appropriate sources of information for his business plan;
  • Help to identify appropriate financing sources;
  • Provide all the elements necessary for solid decision making;
  • Act as a facilitator between the developer and different levels of government.

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