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Municipality of Baie-James
—  Municipality  —
Municipalité de Baie-James
Welcome sign along Route 109.
Municipality of Baie-James, Québec.
Coordinates: 52°00′00″N 76°00′00″W / 52°N 76°W / 52; -76
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
RCM/TE Jamésie
Constitution            September 14, 1971
Government [1]
 - Mayor Gérald Lemoyne
Area [1][2]
 - Total 333,255.55 km2 (128,670.7 sq mi)
 - Land 297,329.66 km2 (114,799.6 sq mi)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total 1,394
 - Density 0.0/km2 (0/sq mi)
 - Change (2001-06) 2.0%
 - Dwellings 870
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code J0Y
Area code(s) 819

The Municipality of Baie-James (2006 Population 1,394) (Municipalité de Baie-James) is in northern Quebec, Canada, to the east of James Bay. It covers 297,329.66 square kilometers of land, making it the largest incorporated municipality in Canada — only eight unorganized territories are larger.[3] Its territory almost entirely (about 98%) covers the administrative region of Jamésie, although it contains less than five percent of the population. Essentially, it is the remainder of the Jamésie Territory's land after all of the major population centres have been removed.

The hydroelectric power plants of the La Grande Complex are all located within the municipal boundaries of Baie-James, making the municipality strategically important to Quebec's energy policy. Other important economic sectors are mining, softwood logging, forestry, and tourism.



The municipality was created in 1971 and was run by the board of directors of the Société de développement de la Baie James. It manages the territory of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement between the 49th and 55th parallel, with the exception of the Cree Category 1 lands and the enclaves of Chapais, Chibougamau, Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Matagami.

In December 2001, the municipal council was reformed. It became a municipality of a special type directed by the mayors of the four enclave towns, as well as the chairpersons of the local community councils of Radisson, Valcanton and Villebois. An eighth seat is reserved for a representative coming from the non-urban territory. The municipality gained additional authority and can exert certain powers as a regional county.

Communities in Baie-James

  • Beaucanton
  • Desmaraisville
  • Miquelon
  • Radisson - northern-most non-native town in Quebec.
  • Val-Paradis
  • Villebois



  • Population in 2006: 1394
  • Population in 2001: 1422
    • 2001 to 2006 population change: -2.0 %
  • Population in 1996: 1978
  • Population in 1991: 3073

Total private dwellings, excluding seasonal cottages: 606 (total: 870)


The primary roads to and within Baie-James are:

Air transportation is through the La Grande Rivière Airport near Radisson, which provides scheduled air service to Montreal and Puvirnituq.


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