Saint-Philippe is a city in Roussillon Regional County Municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. It was established on July 1, 1855. The population as of the Canada 2021 Census was 7,597.
The City of Saint-Philippe, officially constituted as a city in 2016, dates back to the 17th century.
Originally, Saint-Philippe was part of the territory of the Seigneurie de La Prairie-de-la-Magdeleine, which covered the current territory of the municipalities of La Prairie, Brossard, Candiac, Sainte-Catherine and Saint -Philippe, as well as part of the territory of the municipalities of Saint-Lambert, Delson, Saint-Constant, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur. In 1647, the seigneury of La Prairie-de-la-Madeleine was granted by Jean de Lauzon to Abbé Jean de Laferté, a Jesuit and parish priest of La Madeleine in Paris. It was in 1667 that the first families settled.
In 1744, the first parish of Saint-Philippe, the Fabrique de la côte Saint-Philippe, was founded. It is following the cessation of eight arpents of land in the Saint-Philippe coast of the Lordship of La Prairie-de-la-Magdeleine by Sieur Louis Proveau and his wife Marianne Girou, and Dame Marie-Angélique Maheu, widow of the late Sieur Pierre François Girou, who allowed the construction of the first church. This was blessed in 1751 under the title of Saint-Jean-François-Régis, the patron saint of the Jesuits in the province of France. The second church of Saint-Philippe, the first built of stone, was blessed in 1782. This will contribute to the acceleration of the settlement of the small community. The second church was in place until the partial fire of January 1843, and the blessing of the rebuilt church took place at the end of the same year. Quickly becoming too small, a third church was built and blessed at the end of 1876. The new adjacent presbytery, which still exists today, was blessed in 1885.
On June 23, 1972, the neo-Gothic style church burned down. It was a scarce example of this architectural type. The inauguration of the new church in 1973, of more modern architecture, contrasts with the old one.
The arrival of the 19th century brought its share of changes for Saint-Philippe. The successive legislative changes in Lower Canada have impacted the status of the municipality on several occasions. The Municipality of the Parish of Saint-Philippe was created in 1845 under the leadership of Mr. Amable Coupal, the first mayor of Saint-Philippe.
Two years later, in 1847, following the adoption of the "Act to make better provisions for the establishment of municipal authorities in Lower Canada", the Municipality of the Parish of Saint-Philippe was abolished, thus becoming part of the county of Huntingdon.