Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare, Quebec

Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is a municipality in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Joliette Regional County Municipality.

Location within Joliette RCM
Location within Joliette RCM
Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is located in Central Quebec
Location in central Quebec
Coordinates: 46°05′N 73°33′W / 46.083°N 73.550°W / 46.083; -73.550Coordinates: 46°05′N 73°33′W / 46.083°N 73.550°W / 46.083; -73.550[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJuly 1, 1855
 • MayorFrançois Desrochers
 • Federal ridingJoliette
 • Prov. ridingJoliette
 • Total67.80 km2 (26.18 sq mi)
 • Land67.72 km2 (26.15 sq mi)
 • Total3,747
 • Density55.3/km2 (143/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 7.3%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
Highways Route 343
Route 346
Route 348


In 1803, the geographic township of Kildare was proclaimed, named after the town in Ireland. At that time, the land was granted as title deeds or as payment for professional services. For example, the Lord of Lavaltrie entrusted the central portion to Mr. Vondevelden to pay for his surveying fees. As for the northern portion, Major Beauchamp Colclough, Crown Commissioner and Land Agent, granted land to English soldiers in 1822. He intended to establish the Town of Kildare, but his dismissal delayed the development of the place.[4][5]

The first inhabitants came from Saint-Paul, Saint-Elizabeth, Lanoraie, and Berthier. Among the early settlers were also many Irish families, who cleared much land, built an English school, built a chapel, and a Protestant cemetery.[5]

In 1832, the Parish of Saint-Jacques-de-Kildare was founded, renamed a year later to Saint-Philippe-de-Kildare. It was renamed again to its present name in 1839, since the Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic pioneers all had a devotion to Ambrose of Milan.[4][5]

In 1847, the municipality was first incorporated, but abolished shortly after. In 1855, the Parish Municipality of Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare was formed, with Charles Laporte as first mayor and D. Maigret as first treasury-secretary.[4][6]

In 1956, the parish municipality lost a part of its territory when the Municipality of Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare was formed.[7]

On December 6, 2014, Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare changed from parish municipality to a (regular) municipality.[8]


Average income per family is $56,807. 88.20% of residents are home owners, whereas 11.8% of residents are renters. The major sectors of employment are: agriculture, sales/service/retail commerce, transportation, health care, and financial institutions.[9]


Population trend:[10]

  • Population in 2011: 3747 (2006 to 2011 population change: 7.3%)
  • Population in 2006: 3491
  • Population in 2001: 3383
  • Population in 1996: 3406
  • Population in 1991: 3136

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1490 (total dwellings: 1530)

Mother tongue:

  • English as first language: 0.6%
  • French as first language: 99.4%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 0%


Commission scolaire des Samares operates francophone public schools, including:

  • École Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix[11]

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates anglophone public schools, including:

Notable Persons from Saint-Ambroise-de-KildareEdit

  • Aimé Pelletier (1914-2010), Montreal-based surgeon, who developed a parallel career as a well-known Quebec novelist, under the nom de plume of Bertrand Vac.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reference number 55566 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare
  3. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare census profile
  4. ^ a b c "Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare (Municipalité de paroisse)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  5. ^ a b c "Petite Histoire de Saint-Ambroise" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  6. ^ "Historique" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  7. ^ "Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  8. ^ "Modifications aux municipalités du Québec" (PDF). Institut de la statistique du Québec. December 2014. ISSN 1715-6408. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Socio économique" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  11. ^ "Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix." Commission scolaire des Samares. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "JOLIETTE ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "Joliette High School Zone Sec 1-5." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Philip Fine, Montreal surgeon led parallel life as writer. The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010;