The largest province in Canada by surface area, Québec ranks second in population with 7.6 million people.
In 2005, Québec’s gross domestic product was nearly C$275 billion (US$227 billion or €182 billion).
Québec’s per capita GDP ranks 19th in the OECD:
it is equivalent to the average of OECD countries.
Between 2000 and 2004, Québec’s standard of living, i.e. real per capita GDP, rose by more than any other G7 country except the United Kingdom.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) gives Québec preferred access to a market of 435 million consumers, more than 25% of whom live within 1000 km of its largest city, Montréal.