Kirkland, Quebec

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Kirkland
City
Town of Kirkland - Ville de Kirkland
"Welcome to Kirkland" sign viewed from St. Charles Blvd (heading north)
"Welcome to Kirkland" sign viewed from St. Charles Blvd (heading north)
Location on the Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Kirkland is located in Southern Quebec
Kirkland
Kirkland
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°52′W / 45.450°N 73.867°W / 45.450; -73.867Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°52′W / 45.450°N 73.867°W / 45.450; -73.867[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montreal
RCM None
Settled 1722
Constituted January 1, 2006
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Michel Gibson
 • Federal riding Lac-Saint-Louis
 • Prov. riding Nelligan
Area[2][4]
 • Total 9.60 km2 (3.71 sq mi)
 • Land 9.64 km2 (3.72 sq mi)
  There is an apparent contradiction between two authoritative sources
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 21,253
 • Density 2,204.4/km2 (5,709/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.7%
 • Dwellings 6,921
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) H9J
Area code(s) 514 and 438
Highways A-40
Website www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca

Kirkland is an on-island suburb on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. As of 2011, the population was 21,253, representing a percentage change of 3.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%. Land area is 9.64 square kilometers with a population density of 2,204.4 persons per square kilometer. This compares to the provincial areas of 1,356,547.2 square kilometers with a population density of 5.8 persons per square kilometer. In 2011, Kirkland had 6,828 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.4%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increase by 7.1%. Kirkland is part of the census metropolitan area of Montreal.

In Kirkland, 62.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (57.2%) or living with a common-law partner (5.0%). The remaining 37.7% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single, separated, divorced or widowed.[5]

The city of Kirkland is named after Charles-Aimé Kirkland, a Quebec provincial politician. It was originally incorporated as a municipality in 1961. On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it was merged into the city of Montreal and became a borough. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006.

Kirkland is primarily a residential community, with a commercial core, and an industrial park straddling the Trans-Canada Highway (Autoroute 40). In 1997, that portion of the Autoroute 40 was renamed to Félix-Leclerc Highway. The city is composed of mainly single-family residences, with some multi-unit facilities (apartments, town houses, and condos) available.

Government[edit]

The territory of the Town Of Kirkland is divided into eight electoral districts. Each district is represented by a councilor elected by the voters of that district. The Mayor is elected by all voters and represents the entire territory made up of eight-districts.[6]

It is a full-service community, with a public works department, recreation department, engineering department, accounting, communications, human resources and administrative services operating for the welfare of its citizens.

The present mayor is now Michel Gibson, who has been a member of the Kirkland City Council since the mid-1970s.

  1. Michael Brown (District 1 - Timberlea)
  2. Luciano Piciacchia (District 2 - Holleuffer)
  3. Tony Di Gennaro (District 3 - Brunswick)
  4. Domenico Zito (District 4 - Lacey Green West)
  5. Brian Swinburne (District 5 - Lacey Green East)
  6. John Morson (District 6 - Canvin)
  7. Paul Dufort (District 7 - St. Charles)
  8. André Allard (District 8 - Summerhill)

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1966 659 —    
1971 2,920 +343.1%
1976 7,476 +156.0%
1981 10,476 +40.1%
1986 13,376 +27.7%
1991 17,495 +30.8%
1996 18,678 +6.8%
2001 20,434 +9.4%
2006 20,491 +0.3%
2011 21,253 +3.7%
[7]
Mother tongue language (2006 and 2011) [8][9]
Language Pop
(2006)
Pct
(2006)
Pop
(2011)
Pct
(2011)
English 9,185 44.88% 9,020 42.80%
French 4,850 23.7% 4,430 21.02%
Both English and French 335 1.64% 425 2.02%
Other languages 6,090 29.76% 6,650 31.55%

Education[edit]

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[10]

Professional development centres:

  • Centre de formation professionnelle des métiers de la santé

Primary schools:

  • École primaire Émile-Nelligan

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the area.

Primary schools:

  • Margaret Manson Elementary School

Le Ministère de l'éducation du loisir et de sport, MELS (Ministry of Education, leisure and sports) operates:

Preschool, primary and high school:

La Féderation des establissements d'enseginement privés operates:[12]

Preschool and primary school:

  • Académie Marie-Claire[13]

Culture and Recreation[edit]

Public Library[edit]

The Kirkland Public Library has an impressive collective of more than 80,000 volumes in French and English for adults, teens and children. The library also offers online database searching, children and adult programs, computer rooms, wireless Internet, inter-library loans, photocopying and reserved books.[14]

Parks, Green space and Sport facilities[edit]

Kirkland Sorts Complex has an indoor gymnasium that offers badminton, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball and other indoor sport activities. As well as an arena for hockey, ringette, free or figure skating.[15]

Around the town there are multiple outdoor centers for soccer, baseball, tennis, football, basketball, beach volleyball and ice rinks as well as a 5 kilometer bike trail.[16] There is also a splash pad and community pool offered in this town. The splash pad and community pools make it possible for young and old alike to experience the joys of swimming. The splash pad is located the Harris park. The community pool is located at the Ecclestone park.

The Town of Kirkland has many halls and park chalets, which citizens, associations and organizations can rent out for different occasions or activities (banquets, meetings, parties, exhibits, shows, etc.)

  • Sports Complex
  • Ecclestone Chalet
  • Holleuffer Chalet
  • Kirkland Chalet
  • Lantuer House
  • Conference room (Kirkland Public Library)
  • Dés Bénévoles Chalet[17]

Special Events[edit]

Kirkland Day, which takes place mid-June, is a big outdoor annual festival celebrating the inauguration of the Town of Kirkland on March 24, 1961. The first Kirkland Day was held on June 20th, 1970 at the dedication of Kirkland Park. Since then, Kirkland residents come out in great numbers every year to celebrate the town together.

Other events within the town include:

  • Winter Carnival
  • Mini Olympics
  • Kirkland Food Drive
  • Christmas Events[18]

Sustainable Development[edit]

Local Sustainable Development Plan[edit]

The Town of Kirkland is highly invoked in its area and is a proud supporter of a sustainable development. The Town has undertaken various initiatives for many years to strongly demonstrate its leadership in environmental issues in order to provide its citizens with the best quality of life.

It is with this vision in mind that, in 2012, the Town put in place a local sustainable development plan. The Kirkland local sustainable development plan is a full-fledged environmental action plan that highlights practical measures. The Town intends to carry out this plan by 2015 in order to meet specific targets, particularly in regards to air quality, waste management, conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity and quality of the residential areas.

Ecological events:

  • Earth hour
  • Community Garage Sale
  • Environment Day
  • Spring Clean Up[19]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 388466 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Kirkland
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: Lac-Saint-Louis (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Kirkland, Quebec
  5. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census subdivision of Kirkland, V (Quebec) - Census Subdivisions - Focus on Geography Series - Census 2011". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Districts électoraux". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Ville de Kirkland" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Community Profiles - Kirland, Quebec". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  9. ^ Census Profile
  10. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "General School Profile | Kuper Academy". www.kuperacademy.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  12. ^ "AnnuaireFEEP.com". www.annuairefeep.com. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Académie Marie-Claire School". amcca.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  14. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - More than books...". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  15. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Sports facilities". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  16. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Bicycle path". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Sports facilities". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  18. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Local sustainable development Plan". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  19. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Local sustainable development Plan". www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 

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