Côte Saint-Luc

Coordinates: 45°28′N 73°40′W / 45.467°N 73.667°W / 45.467; -73.667
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Côte Saint-Luc
City of Côte Saint-Luc
City hall
City hall
Location of Côte Saint-Luc on the Island of Montreal
Location of Côte Saint-Luc on the Island of Montreal
Coordinates: 45°28′N 73°40′W / 45.467°N 73.667°W / 45.467; -73.667
Electoral Districts

Mount Royal
 • MayorMitchell Brownstein
 • Federal MP(s)Anthony Housefather (LIB)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Elisabeth Prass (PLQ)
 • Land7.04 km2 (2.72 sq mi)
 • Total34,504
 • Density4,903.7/km2 (12,701/sq mi)
 • Pop. 2016-2021
Increase 6.3
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Websitewww.cotesaintluc.org Edit this at Wikidata

Côte Saint-Luc (French pronunciation: ​[kot sɛ̃ lyk]; also spelled Côte-Saint-Luc, and known historically in English as Cote St. Luke[5][6]) is a city on the island of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.


Along with Hampstead and Montreal West, Côte Saint-Luc forms an enclave within Montreal. Côte Saint-Luc also has two exclaves sandwiched between Hampstead and the city of Montreal. The larger one contains the residential development north of Hampstead and Decarie Square shopping centre, while the smaller one consists of just fifteen residential buildings on Macdonald Ave.


Farm in Côte Saint-Luc in 1941

Incorporated in 1903, Côte Saint-Luc grew from a town to a city in 1958.

Throughout the 1920s, the town grew quickly and accepted many immigrant populations leaving Montreal, notably German-Jewish, and British families, plus their descendants. By 1935, the population reached 5,000. Railway development and industrial activities were relocated to the north. An example of this is an old farmhouse, near the intersection of Westminster and Côte Saint-Luc, which today is a strip mall.

Côte Saint-Luc (and all of Montreal Island's other suburbs) was forced to merge with the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002. It was merged with its neighbouring suburbs of Hampstead and Montreal West to form the borough of Côte-Saint-Luc—Hampstead—Montréal-Ouest. In a referendum held on June 20, 2004, more than 87 percent of Côte Saint-Luc residents voted to demerge and Côte Saint-Luc was re-established as a separate city on January 1, 2006.


Historical populations
Source: Statistics Canada

According to the Office québécois de la langue française, Côte-Saint-Luc has been officially recognized as a bilingual municipality[7][8] since 2005-11-02.[9]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Côte-Saint-Luc had a population of 34,504 living in 14,603 of its 15,548 total private dwellings, a change of 6.3% from its 2016 population of 32,448. With a land area of 7.04 km2 (2.72 sq mi), it had a population density of 4,901.1/km2 (12,693.9/sq mi) in 2021.[10]

Home Language (2016)[11]
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 17,430 60%
French 4,950 17%
Other 6,745 23%
Mother Tongue (2016)[11]
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 12,855 42%
French 6,050 20%
Other 11,455 38%
Visible Minorities (2016)[11]
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 25,205 80.2%
Visible minorities 6,225 19.8%

Local government[edit]

Municipal Council[edit]

District Position Name
Mitchell Brownstein
District 1 City councillor Oren Sebag
District 2 City councillor Mike Cohen
District 3 City councillor Dida Berku
District 4 City councillor Steven Erdelyi
District 5 City councillor Mitch Kujavsky
District 6 City councillor Lior Azerad
District 7 City councillor Sidney Benizri
District 8 City councillor Andee Shuster

The City Manager is Jonathan Shecter[12] and Nadia Di Furia is the Associate City Manager and Director of Human Resources.

Former mayors[edit]

List of former mayors:[13]

  • Luc Prud'homme (1903–1905)
  • Pierre Lemieux (1905–1909, 1912–1938)
  • François-Xavier Décarie (1909–1912)
  • Frederick D. Lamont (1938–1939)
  • Donald Fletcher (1939–1951)
  • John P. Fyon (1951–1953)
  • J.-Adalbert Paris (1953–1963)
  • Samuel Moskovitch (1963–1976)
  • Bernard Lang (1976–1998)
  • Robert Libman (1998–2002)
  • Anthony Housefather (2006–2016)
  • Mitchell Brownstein (2016–present)

Public services[edit]

Côte Saint-Luc is served by a unique Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responder system. The only volunteer first responder service on the island of Montreal, the Emergency Medical Services responds to more than 3,000 calls for help every year. Advanced care and transportation to local hospitals is provided by Urgences-santé. In 2008–2009, the Montreal Fire Department implemented an island-wide first responder system. It was set to replace the Côte Saint-Luc EMS; however, the city fought to keep their system. A private member's bill was passed in the National Assembly of Quebec to exclude Côte Saint-Luc from the Montreal Fire Department.

Côte Saint-Luc also has a full-time Public Security Department that enforces municipal by-laws and in 2006 launched the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program that allows residents to help deter crime.

The city's Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library was named in honour of Eleanor London, the first librarian hired to set up whatever vision of a library she wanted. She continued in the capacity of chief librarian for 36 years. The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library is one of few libraries in North America that is open every day of the year.

The Cavendish Mall, now known as Quartier Cavendish, used to be a focal point with famous shopping areas such as Steinberg's, Eaton's and Discus. In recent years, part of the mall has been replaced with single family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings.

Côte Saint-Luc has a Cat and Dog Committee, with the goal of reducing the number of homeless and community[clarification needed] animals.[14]


The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) operates two Francophone primary schools—École de la Mosaïque and École des Amis-du-Monde—in Côte Saint-Luc.[15] The English Montreal School Board operates a French immersion school—Merton School, John Grant and Mountainview High Schools and the Marymount Adult Centre. There are a number of private schools in the city, including JPPS–Bialik, Hebrew Academy, Maimonides and Yeshiva Yavne.

Notable people[edit]

Former residents of Côte Saint-Luc include politician and lawyer Irwin Cotler, actor William Shatner, and poet Irving Layton. Other residents included Montreal Expos all-star catcher Gary Carter. Comedy screenwriter Ricky Blitt and older brother Barry Blitt, a magazine illustrator, were raised there. Author Gordon Korman grew up in Côte Saint-Luc, as did popular science author and cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire des municipalités: Côte-Saint-Luc". www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: MOUNT ROYAL (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec – 40th General Election Riding Results: D'ARCY-McGEE[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Côte-Saint-Luc, Ville (V) Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Government of Canada - Statistics Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  5. ^ Crossby, P. A., ed. (1873). Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America. Montreal: John Lovell.
  6. ^ Gard, Anson Albert (1902). The Wandering Yankee: Or, The Fun of Seeing Canada. New York: The Emerson Press. p. 225.
  7. ^ Magder, Jason (13 Feb 2023). "Quebec's bilingual cities have all passed resolutions, Côte-St-Luc says". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  8. ^ "47 municipalities in Quebec told to pass resolution or lose bilingual status". CBC News. 22 December 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Organismes reconnus offrant des services dans une langue autre que le français". www.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca. 2022-12-19. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  10. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  11. ^ a b c "Côte Saint-Luc (Code 2466058) Census Profile". 2016 census. Government of Canada - Statistics Canada.
  12. ^ "Administration".
  13. ^ "Répertoire des entités géopolitiques: Côte-Saint-Luc (ville) 25.4.1903 - 1.1.2002 ● 1.1.2006 - ..." www.mairesduquebec.com. Institut généalogique Drouin. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Cats". cotesaintluc.org. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  15. ^ "Recherche d'établissements." Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.

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