Norgate was the first shopping mall in Canada. The first covered mall, the Park Royal Shopping Centre, was built a year later in 1950 in West Vancouver. Norgate was built by the developer Maxwell Cummings. It is believed that the mall was financed and owned by the Lupovich family of Montreal. The late Moe and Sam Lupovich were successful owners of the Ideal Dress Company in Montreal. They were leaders in Canada's garment industry. The mall continues to be owned by the family to this day.
On 10 March 2008, the anchor tenant, Provigo supermarket, suffered a partial roof collapse due to the weight of snow from the intense snowfall occurring from 8 March through 10 March.
The shopping centre is L-shaped, fronting the street at the bottom of the L and its related short-side. The back and front of the L open onto parking lots. The mall was designed by architectMax Kalman.
Norgate is located between Décarie Boulevard and Saint-Gemain Street as well as between rue Rochon and Chemin de la Côte-Vertu. The bottom of the L coincides with Rochon, the short side of the bottom and the long leg of the L correspond with Décarie. The long part of the L sits in the middle of the parking lot, with loading docks along the back, and parking spaces all around, running parallel to Decarie. De la Côte-Vertu Boulevard