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A vision of the future

A vision of the future Families are at the heart of society. Their presence is essential to creating living environments that are healthy and deeply human. This is why families are at the forefront of the city’s actions.

Climate change and environmental problems have transformed our habits. They pose a serious threat, which presents us with an opportunity to reinvent our living habits together.

Montréal responds to this challenge by offering families a better way of living, in accordance with our shared values of sustainable development, respect for the environment and quality of life. This response from the city affects all sectors of municipal activity to offer families a vision of the future that is both responsible and inspired by the smiles of our children.

Housing

House Buying their first home is an important event in the life of a family. Although the initial cost can be higher in the city, it also offers a lifestyle that combines environmental values, nearby services and quality of life. Montréal has created financial assistance measures for families to help them build a home of their own and settle in.

Sustainable development

Community garden Sustainable development is one of the foundations the city builds upon in order to ensure the prosperity and well-being of families. Among Montréal’s orientations are concrete measures to improve air quality; ensuring the value of residential living environments; adopting best environmental practices in industries, businesses and institutions; and improving protection of biodiversity, natural environments and green spaces.

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Transportation

STM bus Public transportation is called upon to play a greater role over the next few years because it helps to reduce greenhouse gases, oil dependence and automobile use. For families, investing in quality public transportation helps create healthy living environments while giving both younger and older family members more travel freedom.


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Greening, parks and green spaces

Park Greening and creating parks and green spaces are effective ways to create healthy environments, integrate nature into neighbourhoods, promote community life and offer children safe spaces in nature. In addition to its mountain, Montréal has more than 1,200 neighbourhood parks and 24 large parks. Many measures have been taken to create country lanes and “green up” schoolyards. Nature is appropriating the city, its roads and streets, its courtyards and balconies; gardens are growing on its roofs and vines are climbing up its walls.

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Social diversity

Teens from cultural communities Montréal is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, effervescent and creative metropolis. The spirit that characterizes the city finds expression in its residents’ cultural multiplicity, hospitality and solidarity. Montréal’s social diversity is its strength, its vigour and its vivacity. It is a fertile source of inspiration, humanity and social conscience. In an economically and culturally global world, learning about differences from an early age is a requirement for the world of tomorrow.

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Public works, construction projects and sanitation

Flowers Montréal has undertaken a major renovation of its infrastructures. This is an enormous task that is being carried out with a view to making the city more attractive to families while respecting the environment and improving the flow of transportation, especially active and public transportation. The city is also committed to making streets safer and cleaner, reducing water consumption and choosing the highest environmental standards for construction regulations.

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Safety

Fireman For Montréal, the safety of families and resident is a constant priority. The police and fire departments are the key players in this domain. The work they do improves families’ quality of life. Located in the heart of neighbourhoods and communities, they know their area well, participate in community life and respond quickly and efficiently by adapting their services to the local needs of residents.

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Arts and culture

Show Montréal knows that culture is at the heart of its future and encourages residents and businesses to unite their efforts to make their city a city of knowledge, combining the acquisition of knowledge, arts and culture, innovation and economic development. By exposing children, youth and families to culture in all of its forms, Montréal has taken a bet on stimulating the enjoyment and desire for novelty and imagination, a spearhead in the new economy.

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Sports and recreation

Hockey Being active, moving, learning and sharing are indicators of health and safety. Montréal offers a wide and diverse array of sports and recreational activities. Within walking distance, families have access to high-quality sports infrastructures. Children can enjoy their favourite activities in a safe and independent way. These infrastructures offer beginners and specialists alike the opportunity to develop their skills and talents.

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Economy

Sunflowers Montréal’s economy is thriving. Its strong dynamics contribute to progress in all of Québec and reinforce the city’s position as a leader in terms of employment. Many economic development initiatives have as their objective the improvement of family life conditions while meeting environmental challenges in a positive way. Montréal promotes the development of nearby businesses, allowing family members to obtain goods and services within walking distance. Building up commercial streets stimulates neighbourhood life around a shared social hub.

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Festivals and major institutions

Montréal Jazz Fest Montréal offers exciting living environments that are connected to the world, talent and innovation. Montréal is 125 festivals; more than 30 museums and exhibition centres; 12 maisons de la culture; 43 public libraries and La Grande Bibliothèque; one Place des Festivals; one Quartier des Spectacles; one travelling theatre for children; one outdoor theatre; one Maison Théâtre; one circus complex; several heritage neighbourhoods; performance tours in parks; fireworks and a number of internationally renowned sports events.

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