Spotlight on Quartier Latin

Following up on its exceptional success in redeveloping Quartier des Spectacles and the area around Place des Arts, Montréal is turning its attention to the quarter’s eastern reaches.

Plan du quartier

Over the coming years, the City (and its partners) wishes to make significant investments to implement its vision in this sector.

In the Years to Come

  • Revitalize main arteries boulevard Saint-Laurent, rue Sainte-Catherine, rue Saint-Denis, rue Berri and rue Ontario as well as secondary streets, and develop stimulating cultural and commercial offerings.
  • Encourage the construction of 2,500 to 3,000 new housing units.
  • Create a high-quality environment for residents, visitors and workers.
  • Support the development of its major projects, the mega-hospital Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), its research centre (CRCHUM) and future public health campus Complexe Norman-Bethune.
  • Put further emphasis on showcasing the area’s creative, entertainment, knowledge and new technology sectors.
  • Encourage the development of a comprehensive cultural offering through an alliance between venue operators and cultural event promoters.
  • Develop public areas in a variety of ways to build a unique urban experience.
  • See to the full occupation and utilization of vacant lots.
  • Further invigorate the downtown area and live up to its international reputation.

The Vision: Live, Learn, Create, Play

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In addition to the Grande Bibliothèque, UQAM and Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Quartier Latin is home to several education and training institutions such as the Society for Art and Technology, Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) and soon Le Vivier, in the former library Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice. The relevance of a broader vision with knowledge at its core is confirmed by the forthcoming inauguration of CHUM, CRCHUM and Norman Bethune campus of the Université de Montréal as well as the presence of numerous multimedia and technological arts enterprises in and around the area.

The urban development plan is built upon this shared vision. Specifically, the City seeks to establish Quartier Latin as:

  • A unique destination for culture and knowledge
    By strengthening Quartier Latin’s assets.
  • A distinctive urban experience
    By rethinking the development of main streets Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Denis, Berri, and Ontario and boulevard Saint-Laurent, which forge strong links with Montréal’s various quarters, and create an exceptional urban experience that’s safe and enjoyable in the very centre of the city.
  • A neighbourhood that’s youthful, busy and intelligent, and vibrant at all times of the day and night
    By imagining a new way of living, working, walking around and shopping in Quartier Latin, through initiatives that target housing, design, the environment and new technologies.
  • A strong economic and business environment
    By moving quickly to revitalize the commercial arteries. Economic development must be a priority in an area visited by more than ten million people each year.

The Ville-Marie Borough has taken the lead position in planning the redevelopment of Quartier des Spectacles – Quartier Latin sector. More on the project at: