Saint-Laurent, Quebec

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Not to be confused with Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, known simply as "Saint-Laurent" before 1998.
Saint-Laurent
Borough of Montreal
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Location on the Island of Montreal.  (Dark grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Dark grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montréal
Established January 01, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Provincial Saint-Laurent and
Acadie
Government[1][2][3]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Alan DeSousa (UM)
 • Federal MP(s) Stéphane Dion (LIB)
 • Quebec MNA(s) Jean-Marc Fournier (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Land 42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total 93,842
 • Density 2,188.5/km2 (5,668/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 10.6%
 • Dwellings(2006) 35,287
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) (514) and (438)
Highways
A-13
A-15

A-40
A-520
Website saintlaurent.
ville.montreal.qc.ca

Saint-Laurent is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, the largest in area of Montreal's boroughs. Prior to its 2002 merger it was a city.

History[edit]

Saint-Laurent was founded as the Parish of Saint-Laurent in 1720.

Merger and proposed demerger[edit]

The City of Saint-Laurent or Ville Saint-Laurent was merged into the City of Montreal on January 1, 2002, by the Parti Québécois government. On June 20, 2004, the demerger forces lost a referendum on the issue of recreating Saint-Laurent as a city. While 75% of the turnout voted to demerge, only 28.5% of the total eligible voting population voted to demerge, falling short of the requisite 35% as set by the province.

Geography[edit]

Neighbourhoods within this borough include Bois-Franc.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1966 59,188 —    
1971 62,955 +6.4%
1976 64,404 +2.3%
1981 65,900 +2.3%
1986 67,002 +1.7%
1991 72,402 +8.1%
1996 74,240 +2.5%
2001 77,391 +4.2%
2006 84,833 +9.6%
2011 93,842 +10.6%
[6]

Saint-Laurent is one of Quebec's (and Canada's) most ethnically mixed areas, with some 166 ethnicities said to live there in relative harmony.[7]

Ethnicity Population Percent
Canadian 16,685 21.78%
French 9,570 12.49%
Lebanese 7,875 10.28%
Israeli 6,765 8.83%
Chinese 5,460 7.13%
Greek 4,265 5.57%
Italian 3,285 4.29%
English 2,800 3.66%
Irish 2,375 3.1%
East Indian 2,265 2.96%
Home language (2006)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 30,210 36.02%
English 23,110 27.55%
Both English and French 1,925 2.30%
Other languages 28,620 34.12%

Linguistic trend

Mother tongue language (2006)[4]
Language 1996 2001 2006
French 23,715 24,520 24,280
English 13,550 12,805 13,290
English and French 1,540 1,030 710
Other languages 35,445 38,255 45,590
Population 74,240 77,391 84,833

Economy[edit]

Air Canada Centre, Air Canada headquarters

Saint-Laurent is the second-largest employment hub within the metropolitan region, after downtown Montréal.[8]

Air Canada Centre,[9] also known as La Rondelle ("The Puck" in French), is Air Canada's headquarters,[10] located on the grounds of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and in Saint-Laurent.[11][12] In 1990 the airline announced that it was moving its headquarters from Downtown Montreal to the airport to cut costs.[13]

In addition Air Transat's headquarters and a regional office of Air Canada Jazz are in Saint-Laurent and on the grounds of Trudeau Airport.[14][15] Before its dissolution Jetsgo was headquartered in Saint-Laurent.[16]

Bombardier Aerospace has the Amphibious Aircraft Division in Saint-Laurent.[17]

Norgate shopping centre, the earliest shopping center in Canada, a strip mall, was built in Saint-Laurent in 1949, and is still operational.

Government[edit]

Borough council[edit]

Saint-Laurent is divided into two districts, Norman-McLaren and Côte-de-Liesse. The Norman-McLaren district is named for Norman McLaren, a cinema pioneer at the National Film Board of Canada, whose headquarters are located in the borough district.

As of the November 3, 2013 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
Borough mayor
City councillor
Alan DeSousa   Équipe Coderre
Côte-de-Liesse City councillor Francesco Miele   Équipe Coderre
Borough councillor Maurice Cohen   Équipe Coderre
Norman-McLaren City councillor Aref Salem   Équipe Coderre
Borough councillor Michèle Biron   Équipe Coderre

Infrastructure[edit]

Saint-Laurent has three fire stations and two police stations, one municipal court building, two libraries, the former City Hall (now the borough hall). There are two indoor hockey arenas, the municipal Raymond Bourque Arena, named after Raymond Bourque a former NHL player and Hockey Hall of Fame member. There is also the commercial Bonaventure's Arena which has rinks available for rent.

Transportation[edit]

Saint-Laurent has many transportation links, with one municipal bus terminal (Terminus Côte-Vertu), two Montreal Metro stations (du Collège, Côte-Vertu), three commuter train stations (Bois-Franc, du Ruisseau and Montpellier), four autoroutes (Autoroute 15 (Decarie Expressway and Laurentian Autoroute), Autoroute 40 - Metropolitan Boulevard/Transcanada Highway, Autoroute 520, and Autoroute 13), and a secondary highway (Route 117), in addition to major urban boulevards (Marcel-Laurin Boulevard, Henri Bourassa Boulevard, Cavendish Boulevard, De la Côte-Vertu Road, Decarie Boulevard, Thimens Boulevard). The former Cartierville Airport is no more, having been turned into a residential subdivision called Bois-Franc.

Part of Trudeau International Airport also lies within the territory of Saint-Laurent.[11][18]

Education[edit]

Saint-Laurent contains two CEGEPs within its limits, one English (Vanier College) and one French (Cégep de Saint-Laurent). An art museum, the Saint-Laurent Museum of Art, is located on the campus of Cégep de Saint-Laurent, along with a bowling alley and an indoor college hockey rink.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

  • Lethbridge, Alberta

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Saint-Laurent (Montreal)
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: SAINT-LAURENT--CARTIERVILLE (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: SAINT-LAURENT
    ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: ACADIE
  4. ^ a b c 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
  5. ^ "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité". Canada 2011 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent" (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Harel to divide and conquer?". Thesuburbannews.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ CA (2009-06-15). "Local transportation plan adopted - Vos nouvelles - Nouvelles Saint-Laurent News". Nouvellessaint-laurent.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 17–23, 1999. "46.
  10. ^ "Investors Contacts." Air Canada. Retrieved on May 18, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Detailed Map of Dorval." City of Dorval. Retrieved on November 4, 2010.
  12. ^ Israelson, David. "Companies eye exits in case of separation." Toronto Star. September 11, 1994. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Air Canada layoffs blamed on free trade." Toronto Star. October 10, 1990. A1. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  14. ^ "Contact Us." Air Transat. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  15. ^ "Contact Us." Air Canada Jazz. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  16. ^ "Talk to Us." Jetsgo. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  17. ^ "Aerospace Directory." Bombardier Inc. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "3400 Douglas-B. Floréani Road Saint-Laurent, Québec Canada H4S 1V2." Address in French: "3400, rue Douglas-B. Floréani Saint-Laurent (Québec) H4S 1V2 Canada"
  18. ^ "ab11e5b4-ccb1-430e-9a7c-598d63c7480b.gif." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  19. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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Coordinates: 45°31′01″N 73°40′01″W / 45.517°N 73.667°W / 45.517; -73.667