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Brossard
City
Ville de Brossard
Quartier DIX30
Quartier DIX30
Flag of Brossard
Flag
Official seal of Brossard
Seal
Coat of arms of Brossard
Coat of arms
Motto: Si Je Puis Oultre
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Brossard is located in Southern Quebec
Brossard
Brossard
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°28′N 73°27′W / 45.467°N 73.450°W / 45.467; -73.450Coordinates: 45°28′N 73°27′W / 45.467°N 73.450°W / 45.467; -73.450[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM None
Agglomeration Longueuil
Founded February 14, 1958
Incorporated (city) 1978
Amalgamated January 1, 2002
Reconstituted January 1, 2006
Founded by Georges-Henri Brossard
Named for Prominent family of the region and the city's founder
Government[2][3][4]
 • Mayor Paul Leduc
 • Governing Body Brossard City Council
 • MP Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie, NDP)
 • MNA Gaétan Barrette (La Pinière, Québec Liberal Party)
Area[2][5]
 • Total 52.20 km2 (20.15 sq mi)
 • Land 45.20 km2 (17.45 sq mi)
 • Water 13.60 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
Population (2013)[5]
 • Total 83,410
 • Density 1,753.9/km2 (4,543/sq mi)
 • Change (2006–13) Increase17.2%
 • Dwellings 32,099
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J4W to J4Z
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-10
A-15
A-20
A-30

Route 132
Route 134
NTS Map 031H06
GNBC Code EQKVD
Québec Geocode 58007
CLSC Territory Brossard-Saint-Lambert (16052)
Demonym Brossardois(e)
Rank 72nd
Website www.ville.brossard.qc.ca

Brossard (/brɒˈsɑr/ or /ˈbrɒsɑrd/; French pronunciation: ​[bʁɔsaʁ], local pronunciation: [bʁɔsɑːʁ] or [bʁɔsɑɔ̯ʁ]) is a municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada and is part of the Greater Montreal area. According to the 2011 census, Brossard's population was 79,273. Prior to 2006, Brossard was formerly a borough of the municipality of Longueuil.

History[edit]

Logo of Brossard from 1983 to 2002

The city of Brossard was founded on February 14, 1958 and was known before then as Brosseau Station, itself part of La Prairie-de-la-Madeleine Parish. Its first mayor was Georges-Henri Brossard. At the very beginning, there were 3,400 inhabitants.

The city has some homes dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly along Chemin des Prairies. Maison Sénécal and Maison Deschamps.

On August 8, 1964 a portion of land from Greenfield Park was added and became the "P" section of Brossard. Furthermore, Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur was annexed to Brossard on March 25, 1978 becoming the "A" section to form the current city.

In the 1970s, an attempt was made by René Désourdy to construct a cemetery in Brossard. The attempt failed due to the water table being too high in most of the city, and as of 2014 Brossard has no cemetery.

Brossard was forcibly merged into the city of Longueuil on January 1, 2002 as a result of municipal reorganization in Quebec. [6] and a demerger movement was started by Pierre Senécal, Jacques St-Amant and Gilles Larin which resulted in a municipal referendum, the largest demerger vote, that took place on June 20, 2004. 38.70% of the 50,539 qualified voters voted YES for demerger,[7] which met the requirements (35% or more of total voting population) needed for de-amalgamation. As a result, Brossard would continue to be a borough of the city of Longueuil only until the end of 2005.

On January 1, 2006, Brossard was reconstituted as a city and Jean-Marc Pelletier was elected as the new mayor. However, Brossard still remains part of the urban agglomeration of Longueuil and thus, Brossard sits on the agglomeration council which determines certain powers of reconstituted cities.

Geography[edit]

Brossard is surrounded by four municipalities on the South Shore of Montreal: Saint-Lambert, Longueuil (Borough of Greenfield Park and Borough of Saint-Hubert), Carignan and La Prairie. Brossard is situated on the Saint Lawrence River to the west and by the Saint-Jacques River to the south. (see Geographic location section below)

Many parks are scattered throughout the city of Brossard, including Parc écologique des Sansonnets. The parks are connected to the other areas of the city by about 37 km of biking paths.[8] The city also has a municipal library building connected to its city hall building via an indoor passageway.

Brossard is subdivided into many smaller sections. These sections are characterized by having street names that all begin with the same letter of the alphabet. The only notable exceptions are few major arteries (such as Taschereau Boulevard and Rome Boulevard) that span across two or more sections.

Some constructions in the "A" and "R" sections of Brossard are older than the city itself because they were built in the former communities of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré Coeur and Brosseau Station, respectively. The "M" and "V" sections are the first neighborhoods built after the inauguration of Brossard in 1958.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1956 2,572 —    
1961 3,788 +47.3%
1966 11,884 +213.7%
1971 23,421 +97.1%
1976 37,635 +60.7%
1981 52,232 +38.8%
1991 64,793 +24.0%
1996 65,927 +1.8%
2001 65,026 −1.4%
2006 71,154 +9.4%
2011 79,273 +11.4%
[9][10][11]
Language

Aside from French, a variety of other languages are spoken in Brossard on a daily basis, as according to the 2011 census. The prominent languages spoken primarily at home and their relative share are French (51%), English (17%), Chinese (5%), Spanish (3%), Cantonese (3%), Arabic (2%) and Persian (2%).

Ethnicity

Brossard is among the most multicultural municipalities in Greater Montreal as there are 23 ethnic groups that represent at least 1% of the population. According to the 2006 census the prominent ethnic groups and their relative share are Canadian (35%), French (23%), Chinese (11%), Irish (6%) and Italian (4%)[12]

Housing

Brossard is a mainly residential suburb with a moderate diversity of structural styles. The most popular styles of housing are semi-detached houses which represent 44% of private dwellings and Apartment buildings with fewer than five storys which represent 31% of private dwellings.

Economy[edit]

Brossard is the commercial hub of the south shore, most businesses located along Taschereau Boulevard, inside Champlain Mall and Place Portobello or at the brand-new lifestyle centre, Quartier DIX30. A particular segment of Taschereau Boulevard near La Prairie and the Saint-Jacques River is home to an exceptionally large concentration of car dealerships offering most available makes and models.

Some of the largest employers include Visicom Media.

Shops at Quartier Dix30.

Sports[edit]

Ice Hockey

The Bell Sports Complex is a multipurpose sports facility located in Brossard that contains two ice hockey rinks and one indoor soccer pitch. It is used as the official practice facility of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens.

Brossard is home to the Brossard Mustangs and the Brossard Flames in the Ligue de Hockey Junior A Rive-Sud.

Figure Skating

Figure skating in Brossard is very popular amongst children of all ages. The Brossard Figure Skating Club (Brossard FSC) is the only organization to provide figure skating lessons in accordance with Skate Canada’s standards in the city of Brossard.

Lessons and ice-time are held at the Bell Sports Complex facilities, a facility built for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens as a practice and fitness centre, as well as the Michel-Normandin Arena, named after Michel Normandin, a famous Montreal sports announcer.[13]

Brossard FSC offers training for various groups of age and skill, available to the city’s population. Its CanSkate 3-5 program offers weekly beginner lessons for children aged 3–5. The Brossard FSC also administers the Skate Canada program to skaters aged 5 and above in group lessons, semi-private lessons, private lessons, and offers specialized development opportunities and free extra ice-time for more advanced skaters.[14] Finally, every few months, Brossard coordinates a series of tests for its more advanced skaters to have certain skills assessed by certified judges and therefore be able to move-up levels in order to learn and practice more advanced skills.

Brossard FSC is very famous for its annual high-quality Ice Show, which attracts many sponsors and enough spectators to hold four representations of the show each year. This event occurs at the end of the winter season, and is the biggest event of the FSC. All skaters are invited to participate. This grand celebration allows young skaters to show their talent dressed in magnificent costumes designed just for them. The routines are choreographed by the club’s Skate Canada certified coaches, to music that fits into a chosen theme. All of this is performed to an elaborate light show with spectacular decor. The 43rd edition of this showcase will be held in April 2014.[15]

One of the club’s most famous skaters is Sébastien Britten, he was “the 1995 Canadian national champion. He represented Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed 10th. In 1998, he beat several Olympic and World medallists to win the 1998 World Professional Figure Skating Championships held in Jaca, Spain. Following his retirement from competitive skating [in 1997], he began working as a coach and choreographer”.[16]

Baseball

Brossard fields teams in Quebec's Little League Baseball system at various age levels. It hosted the 2004 Canadian Little League Baseball Tournament at Marie Victorin Park.

Softball

City Leagues includes:

  • Chimo, founded in 1979[17]
  • PVB (Petit Vieux de Brossard) which has divisions for men over 45 and for women[18]

Government[edit]

Municipal[edit]

The mayor of the City of Brossard is Paul Leduc. There are 10 city councillors in the Brossard City Council.

List of mayors of Brossard[9]
Years in office Mayor
1958–1967 Georges-Henri Brossard
1967–1978 Léon Gravel
1978–1982 Alphonse Lepage
1982–1983 Claude Chevrier
1983–1990 Georgette Lepage
1990–2001 Paul Leduc
January 1, 2002 -
December 31, 2005
Nicole Carrier
(Brossard borough president in Longueuil)[19]
2006–2009 Jean-Marc Pelletier
2009–Present Paul Leduc
Brossard City Council[20]
District number Sections Councillor
District 1 B,C Steve Gagnon
District 2 B,A Pierre O'Donoughue
District 3 A,B Francyne Raymond
District 4 P,V Serge Séguin
District 5 T,S,P Claudio Benedetti
District 6 S Alexandre Plante
District 7 R Antoine Assaf
District 8 I,O,R Pierre Jetté
District 9 J,L,N,X,Y Doreen Assaad
District 10 M,N Daniel Lucier

Federal and provincial[edit]

The city of Brossard is located in the federal riding of Brossard—La Prairie, and its Member of Parliament is Hoang Mai of the New Democratic Party.

In provincial politics, Brossard forms part of the La Pinière riding and its Member of the National Assembly is Gaetan Barrette.

Transport[edit]

Roads[edit]

Brossard is serviced by Autoroutes 10 (Autoroute des Cantons-de-l'Est), 15, 20 (Autoroute Jean-Lesage), and 30 (Autoroute de l'Acier), as well as Routes 132 and 134 (Taschereau Boulevard). Autoroute 30 runs along the west side of Brossard. Along the Saint Lawrence River on the east side of the city, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap with Route 132; 15 to the south and 20 to the north. At the Champlain Bridge interchange, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap 10 and feed into the Champlain Bridge, which crosses over into Montreal. Autoroute 10 also meets with Route 134 at the Taschereau Interchange which runs north south through the heart of Brossard.

Other important roads include Taschereau Boulevard, Rome Boulevard, Milan Boulevard, Matte Boulevard, Pelletier Boulevard, Lapinière Boulevard (known as Victoria Avenue in Saint-Lambert and Greenfield Park), San Francisco-Tisserand-Stravinski Avenues loop, Panama Avenue — Auteuil Avenue, Provencher Boulevard and Chemin des Prairies.

Public transit[edit]

The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) serves much of Brossard's territory as well as the rest of the South Shore. Terminus Brossard-Panama and Brossard-Chevrier Park and Ride incentive parking lots are two of RTL's heavily used bus terminals located in Brossard.

Education[edit]

Primary[edit]

  • Academie Marie-Laurier
  • Good Shepherd Elementary School
  • Harold Napper Elementary
  • École Primaire Charles-Bruneau
  • École Primaire Georges-P.-Vanier
  • École Primaire Guillaume-Vignal
  • École Primaire Marie-Victorin (Brossard)
  • École Primaire Sainte-Claire (Brossard)
  • École Primaire Saint-Laurent
  • École Primaire Samuel-De Champlain (Brossard)
  • École Primaire Tourterelle

Secondary[edit]

  • École Secondaire Antoine-Brossard
  • École internationale Lucille-Teasdale (formerly École Secondaire Pierre-Brosseau)

Adult education[edit]

  • ACCESS Career Centre
  • CEA Antoine-Brossard

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 388453 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Brossard
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: BROSSARD--LA PRAIRIE (Quebec)
  4. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: LA PINIÉRE
  5. ^ a b "Census Profile — Brossard, Ville". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Lampron, Alexandre (2006-08-22). "Fatima Houda-Pepin interpelle Brossard à reconsidérer sa position" (in French). Le Brossard Éclair. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Referendums of June 20, 2004". Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ). Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  8. ^ My Spring, My City - Ville de Brossard
  9. ^ a b Pratt, Michel (2001). "De la balkanisation des villes à leur fusion". Atlas historique: Le XXe siècle (in French). Société historique et culturelle du Marigot. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  11. ^ Brossard, de 1958 à 1983 : la création et l'évolution d'une banlieue, p.28
  12. ^ Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada - Data table
  13. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1913&dat=19620619&id=4b4gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=y2kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2315,5249718
  14. ^ http://www.cpabrossard.com/Page?S=11086&U=&M=1&P=&AP=0
  15. ^ http://www.cpabrossard.com/AccueilC
  16. ^ Sébastien Britten
  17. ^ Ligue de balle-molle Chimo (Chimo Softball League) (French)
  18. ^ Ligue de Balle Molle Des P'tits Vieux De Brossard (French)
  19. ^ There was no mayor of the city of Brossard from 2002 until the end of 2005 because it was merged into the city of Longueuil and remained a borough during this period. The mayor of Longueuil at the time was Jacques Olivier while Nicole Carrier was in charge of Brossard as the president of the borough.
  20. ^ "Votre conseil municipal". Ville de Brossard. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  • Lacroix, Yvon-André; Séguin, Claire (1984). Brossard, de 1958 à 1983 : la création et l'évolution d'une banlieue (in French). Brossard, Quebec: Ville de Brossard. pp. 201 pages. ISBN 2-920421-00-X. 
  • Pratt, Michel; Pépin, Karol. "Dictionnaire historique de Brossard" (in French). Société historique et culturelle du Marigot. Archived from the original on 2006-04-14. Retrieved 2006-11-21. "List of terms and events related to Brossard presented in alphabetic order." 

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