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Levers and tools

City of Montréal levers

The city works with a variety of sectors to create a high-quality living environment for all Montrealers and a welcoming business environment for enterprises and entrepreneurs. The 2011-2017 Economic Development Strategy complements other tools created by the city administration to help it carry out its major objectives.


Municipal libraries

Montréal's 43 public libraries, spread throughout the city, are gateways to knowledge, information and the pleasure of reading and learning. These accessible and democratic local institutions play an active role in the social, economic, cultural and civic development of individuals and communities.


Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities

The Charter helps to bring together citizens, elected officials and the municipal administration, in addition to promoting the quality of services to the public. It gives Montréal an essential tool for building a future founded on values of openness, respect, solidarity, transparency and democracy dear to us all.


Montréal, UNESCO City of Design

in 2006, Montréal became the first North American city to join the UNESCO City of Design network. Montréal, UNESCO City of Design is a collective initiative, calling for a commitment by elected officials, citizens, experts, entrepreneurs and designers. A number of promising initiatives highlighting design have been created for this purpose, including the Design Montréal Open House and the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal scholarships.


Scientific, sports and recreation facilities

The city of Montréal boasts a variety of museum, sports and recreation infrastructures that contribute to citizens’ intellectual curiosity, physical fitness and quality of life. They include arenas and outdoor rinks, community and sports centres, Montréal's Nature Museums (the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium) and over 110 swimming and wading pools.


Green and blue spaces

The city of Montréal has a network of green and blue spaces, places to relax and recreational areas that allow residents to enjoy nature in the city. They have access to riverbanks and beaches, bicycle paths, walking trails and cross-country ski trails, on the Lachine Canal, in the city’s ecoterritories and its network of major parks, on Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands and Mount Royal, in local parks, the Pôle des Rapides area and the Old Port.


Montréal Free Style

The goal of the Montréal Free Style strategy is to promote Montréal as a fashion centre on the local and international scenes, by focusing on its assets: local know-how, artistic potential and innovative capability. A four-part action plan has been prepared for this purpose. The first part highlights events, the second, an identity for the Montréal fashion industry, the third, its Web positioning, and fourth, the creation of a fashion and apparel bureau.


A Social Economy Partnership for Community-based Sustainable Development

The partnership is an agreement between the city and players in the social economy, by means of which each of the parties agrees to carry out actions in the city’s different spheres of activity, in particular sustainable development, cultural development, housing and property development, recreation and tourism.


Master Plan

The city’s Master Plan, adopted in 2004, is the reference in the field of urban and land-use development in Montréal. It helps to improve residents’ quality of life and enhances the city’s urban vitality and international attractiveness, with an emphasis on sustainable development.


Transportation Plan

Through its Reinventing Montréal Transportation Plan, adopted in 2008, the city of Montréal is striving to meet its citizens’ transportation needs and reduce reliance on cars through massive investment in public and active transportation. The Transportation Plan also aims to boost Montréal’s competitiveness and appeal, by offering favourable conditions for existing businesses and for new investments, in particular by ensuring an efficient flow of goods.


Montréal’s First Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development

This plan, first adopted in 2005 and renewed in 2010, confirms Montréal's commitment to take a sustainable development approach in all future development of the city.


Public Consultation and Participation Policy

The city’s Public Consultation and Participation Policy helps to make the most of its citizens’ intelligence. It recognizes the importance of giving residents the power to influence decisions that affect them and to contribute to social development. By suggesting “good practices” for consultation and participation, the policy encourages citizens to play an active role in civic life and in the development and management of municipal affairs.


Cultural Development Policy

The 2005-2015 Cultural Development Policy places culture at the heart of Montréal's identity, history and social cohesiveness. This policy recognizes culture as an essential engine for the city's development, economic vitality and future prosperity.


Heritage Policy

Through its Heritage Policy, adopted in 2005, Montréal plans to take a leadership role in encouraging the development of a collective vision and shared responsibility for the city’s heritage.


Family Policy

The Growing Up in Montréal family policy, adopted in 2008, represents the city’s commitment to placing the interests of families and young people at the heart of decisions by its central departments and boroughs.



The municipal administration gave Opération Montréal.net the mandate to handle cleanliness aspects relating to its sustainable development policy, to make the city a great place to live (cleanliness brigades, graffiti removal program, clean-up drives, etc.).


Safety and security

Montréal enjoys an enviable reputation when it comes to urban safety and security. Thanks in part to its 33 neighbourhood police stations, its 65 fire stations staffed by firefighters and first responders and its 133 police officers patrolling the metro system, the city offers its citizens and visitors exceptional quality of life and peace of mind.


Municipal housing strategy

The city has a specific housing strategy revolving around three main areas of focus: ensuring a balanced residential supply, improving housing conditions and living environments, and promoting residential development.



Development tools

To complement the development tools used by higher levels of government and based on its jurisdiction in economic development, the city of Montréal is putting its economic vision into practice and supporting the development of Greater Montréal through certain budgetary choices. For instance, businesspeople have access to funds and the success@montreal (PR@M) programs to support their various projects.


Investment fund

To support the development and completion of major projects, the renewal and development of major zones and the planning and integration of large-scale transportation projects.


Renewal fund for major sites

To support the conversion, revitalization and development of major sites.


Fund for the development of Montréal (Quebec government envelope)

To strengthen the city’s economy, key to Quebec’s vitality.


PR@M Innovation (under development)

To encourage the development of innovative projects and support zones for experimenting with and commercializing innovation.


PR@M Industry

To support industrial vitality by encouraging the construction, expansion or conversion of industrial buildings.


PR@M Commerce

To support commercial development and encourage efforts to promote commercial design along the traditional arteries in the agglomeration.


ClimatSol (Quebec government program)

To help with the rehabilitation of contaminated land and effectively fight climate change.