Major projects (2002-2014)
Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities
Cited by UNESCO as an example of tool to promote the involvement of citizens in the life of the city, the Montréal Charter was unanimously adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2005 and came into effect on January 1, 2006. It is unique in many respects, and is the result of a concerted effort among citizens, experts and representatives of the City of Montréal. The Charter establishes the rights which apply to the City as well as the principles of citizen responsibility.
The Right of Initiative in public consultations
In effect since January 1, 2010, the Right of Initiative in public consultations is a democratic tool which allows citizens to join forces and propose projects they feel strongly about. It enables them to initiate a public consultation concerning any matter that may, in their view, have a significant impact. The Right of Initiative in public consultations is therefore an additional means with which the general public can contribute constructively to the development of the city, alongside elected officials.
The faces of citizen participation in Montréal
A unique look at Montrealers’ participation in their city’s affairs, the exhibition invites you to discover the major steps in the evolution of Montréal democracy. From the election, in 1833, of the city’s first mayor, Jacques Viger, to the first question voiced by a citizen in a city council meeting in 1986, the creation of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, and the live webcasting of city council and executive committee meetings, the reader will be taken back through years of milestones in municipal democracy.
The Mayor of Montréal’s Democracy Award
The Mayor of Montréal’s Democracy Award aims to recognize citizen involvement. With this contest, Montréal confirms its desire to strengthen and promote municipal democracy.
Public consultation and participation policy
Adopted in March 2005, the policy establishes guiding principles and practices with regard to information, consultation and participation. This policy aims to develop the proficiency of all participants in a project in order to make the consultation useful and produce effective results.
This guide is intended for citizens who wish to take part in a public consultation. The guide provides them with a series of practical tips on how to do research, ask questions, share their concerns and submit proposals during public consultations organized by the City.
Guide on interacting with the public
This guide provides promoters, whether private, public or community, a method for interacting with citizens when developing a project. It is useful for understanding the general public’s concerns and can clarify issues that may then arise.