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Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare —  Parish municipality  — St-Ambroise-de-Kildare Coordinates: 46°05′N 73°33′W / 46.083°N 73.55°W / 46.083; -73.55Coordinates: 46°05′N 73°33′W / 46.083°N 73.55°W / 46.083; -73.55 Country  Canada Province  Quebec Region Lanaudière Regional County Joliette Settled 1830s Incorporated July 1, 1855 Government[1]  - Type Parish  - Mayor François Desrochers  - Federal riding Joliette  - Prov. riding Joliette Area[2]  - Land 67.72 km2 (26.1 sq mi) Population (2006)[2]  - Total 3,491  - Density 51.6/km2 (133.6/sq mi) Time zone EST (UTC-5)  - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) Postal Code J0K Area code(s) 450 and 579 Website www.saintambroise.ca Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is a parish municipality in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada, part of the Joliette Regional County Municipality. Contents 1 History 2 Economy 3 Demographics 4 Notable Persons from Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare 5 References // History 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.[3][4] 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.[4] 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.[3][4] 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.[3][5] In 1956, the parish municipality lost a part of its territory when the Municipality of Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare was formed.[6] Economy 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.[7] Demographics Population:[8] Population in 2006: 3491 (2001 to 2006 population change: 3.2 %) Population in 2001: 3383 Population in 1996: 3406 Population in 1991: 3136 Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1360 (total dwellings: 1392) 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 % Notable Persons from Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare 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.[9] References ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales, Régions et Occupation du territoire - Répertoire des municipalités: Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare ^ a b Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare community profile ^ a b c "Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare (Municipalité de paroisse)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. http://www.toponymie.gouv.qc.ca/ct/toposweb/recherche.aspx?no_seq=55566. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  ^ a b c "Petite Histoire de Saint-Ambroise" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. http://www.saintambroise.ca/index.jsp?p=63. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  ^ "Historique" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. http://www.saintambroise.ca/index.jsp?p=63. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  ^ "Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. http://www.toponymie.gouv.qc.ca/ct/toposweb/recherche.aspx?no_seq=56262. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  ^ "Socio économique" (in French). Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. http://www.saintambroise.ca/index.jsp?p=18. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census ^ Philip Fine, Montreal surgeon led parallel life as writer. The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010; www.theglobeandmail.com Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare Sainte-Mélanie Rawdon Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes    Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare     Saint-Liguori Saint-Charles-Borromée v • d • e  Administrative divisions of Lanaudière  (Region 14) Regional county municipalities and equivalent territories D'Autray · L'Assomption · Joliette · Matawinie · Montcalm · Les Moulins Municipalities Lavaltrie · Berthierville · Saint-Gabriel · Charlemagne · Repentigny · L'Assomption · L'Épiphanie (V) · Joliette · Notre-Dame-des-Prairies · Saint-Charles-Borromée · Saint-Félix-de-Valois · Rawdon · Chertsey · Saint-Lin–Laurentides · Saint-Calixte · Sainte-Julienne · Terrebonne · Mascouche Administrative divisions of Quebec