A number of federal and provincial government offices are located in Gatineau, due to its proximity to the national capital, and its status as the main town of the Outaouais region of Quebec.
A policy of the federal government to distribute federal jobs on both sides of the Ottawa River led to the construction of several massive office towers to house federal civil servants in what was then Hull (now Hull sector in Gatineau); the largest of these are Place du Portage and Terrasses de la Chaudire, occupying part of what had been the downtown core of Hull.
Since Gatineau is such a beautiful city many decide to get married here. Some begin their search of Toronto wedding venues and end up finding the perfect location for their ceremony in Gatineau. These weddings provide temporary employment for many residents in the community.