LaSalle, Quebec

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LaSalle February 2013.jpg
Official logo of LaSalle
"Obstantia Amovet"  (Latin)
"He pushes away obstacles and casts aside difficulties"
Location of LaSalle on the Island of Montreal. (Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location of LaSalle on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Montreal mergerJanuary 1, 2002
Named forRené-Robert Cavelier de La Salle
Electoral Districts

 • TypeBorough
 • Borough MayorNancy Blanchet (Équipe Lasalle)
 • Canada MP(s)Anju Dhillon (LPC)
David Lametti (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Fred Beauchemin (PLQ)
 • Total16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
 • Total82,235
 • Density5,045/km2 (13,070/sq mi)
 • Dwellings
Demonym(s)LaSallois, LaSallian
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)

LaSalle (French pronunciation: ​[lasal]) is the most southerly borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, along the Saint Lawrence River. Prior to 2002, it was a separate municipality that had been incorporated in 1912.


LaSalle was named for the area's first seigneur, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643–1687). The area became part of a municipality during the mid 19th century, and LaSalle was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1912.

The Lachine Rapids are situated within LaSalle territory. The name Lachine, which is also the name of the neighbouring borough, stayed because the LaSalle area was part of the parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine during the French regime period. Before the creation of the Lachine Canal in the 1820s, the rapids had to be portaged on a trail called Chemin LaSalle (what is now LaSalle Boulevard).

LaSalle is known for its many public schools, most notably l'École secondaire Cavelier-de-LaSalle, known as one of the top talent-producing schools in the fields of dance and song. The other common public school in LaSalle is LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, opened many years ago and home to many cultures.

Michel Leduc, who served as mayor from 1983 to December 31, 2001, was the last mayor of an independent LaSalle.[4] Under Leduc, LaSalle became the first large city in Quebec to launch a large recycling program. LaSalle was annexed by the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002,[4] along with a number of other cities on the Island of Montreal.


The Saint Lawrence River as viewed from LaSalle.

LaSalle is bounded by five adjacent municipalities and boroughs, these being Lachine towards the west, Verdun and the Sud-Ouest neighbourhood of Ville-Émard to the north-east, and Montreal West and the neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce within the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce towards the north, the latter two being divided by Autoroute 20 as well as the Lachine Canal. To its south and east lies the shore of the Saint Lawrence River, specifically a portion of the river known as the Lachine Rapids.


The Borough Hall of LaSalle.

Federal and provincial elections[edit]

Federally, the western part of the borough is located in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle and the eastern part in LaSalle—Émard—Verdun. They are represented by Anju Dhillon and David Lametti of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Provincially, the entire borough is within the electoral district of Marguerite-Bourgeoys represented by Fred Beauchemin of the Quebec Liberal Party.

Borough government[edit]

The borough is divided into two districts.

  • Cecil-P.-Newman (North)
  • Sault-Saint-Louis (South)

The borough elects a borough mayor, two city councillors, and four borough councillors.

As of the November 7, 2021 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
 — Borough mayor
City councillor
Nancy Blanchet   LaSalle Team
Cecil-P.-Newman City councillor Laura Palestini   LaSalle Team
Borough councillor Michel Noël   LaSalle Team
Josée Troilo   LaSalle Team
Sault-Saint-Louis City councillor Richard Deschamps   LaSalle Team
Borough councillor Daniela Romano   LaSalle Team
Benoit Auger   LaSalle Team


Historical populations
Home language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 28,770 42%
English 24,935 36%
Other languages 15,470 22%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 27,275 38%
English 19,270 27%
Other languages 25,960 36%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 47,305 62.9%
Visible minorities 27,845 37.1%


Post-secondary education[edit]

Cégep André-Laurendeau is in LaSalle.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[6]

Adult schools:

  • Centre d'éducation des adultes de LaSalle (the Clément and LaSalle buildings are in LaSalle)[7]

Professional development centres:

  • Centre intégré de mécanique, de métallurgie et d'électricité (CIMME)

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

  • de l'Orée-du-Parc
  • des Découvreurs
  • du Grand-Héron
  • du Petit-Collège
  • Henri-Forest
  • Laurendeau-Dunton
  • L'Eau-Vive
  • Notre-Dame-des-Rapides
  • Pierre-Rémy
  • Sainte-Catherine-Labouré
  • Sainte-Geneviève (Sud)
  • Terre-des-Jeunes

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

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

  • Orchard Elementary School
  • Allion Elementary School
  • LaSalle Junior Elementary and LaSalle Senior Elementary
  • Children's World Elementary School (serves all areas)[8]

Public libraries[edit]

The centre culturel l'Octogone houses the L'Octagone library

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the L'Octagone Branch in Lasalle.[9]


Fleming windmill, Lasalle

Among LaSalle's attractions are Angrignon Mall, the Lachine Canal and the Canal de l'Aqueduc, with their recreational areas; the Octagone library; the Parc Angrignon; the Île aux Hérons migratory bird refuge; the Saints-Anges archeological site; Des Rapides Park; and the Fleming windmill, which is used as the borough's symbol. Other major installations include the Cégep André-Laurendeau.


LaSalle's main economic engines include industries and agrifoods:


LaSalle is served by the LaSalle commuter train station on the Candiac Line. Route 138 passes through the borough before crossing the Honoré Mercier Bridge to Kahnawake. Other important thoroughfares include LaSalle, Newman, La Vérendrye, Bishop Power, Champlain, Shevchenko, Dollard, Lapierre, Centrale and Jean-Brillon Boulevards.

Despite its name, the Montreal Metro station of LaSalle is not located in LaSalle, but on a portion of the boulevard of the same name in Verdun.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Saint Lawrence River seen from LaSalle Blvd. bicycle path.

LaSalle also has various sports teams, the football association (Warriors), the hockey association (Cougars), the baseball association (LaSalle Cardinals) and the soccer association (LaSalle Rapids) which remain popular. The Cardinals play their home games at Stade Éloi-Viau. The first ever cricket team called "LaSalle Strikers" came into existence in 2015. Former home of Pop Harrigan Hockey and LaSalle Colts Football.

Notable residents, former and current[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Notable athletes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: LaSalle
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LASALLE-ÉMARD (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: MARGUERITE-BOURGEOYS[permanent dead link]
    Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: MARQUETTE[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Former LaSalle mayor Michel Leduc dies". CBC News. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  5. ^[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Trouvez un établissement." Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on November 3, 2022.
  7. ^ "| Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys". Archived from the original on 2015-01-12.
  8. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Former LaSalle mayor Michel Leduc dies". Retrieved 2012-09-15.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°25′43″N 73°39′48″W / 45.428568°N 73.663416°W / 45.428568; -73.663416