Saint-Laurent, Quebec

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Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Official logo of Saint-Laurent
Location on the Island of Montreal. (Dark grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Dark grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Coordinates: 45°30′07″N 73°42′25″W / 45.502°N 73.707°W / 45.502; -73.707Coordinates: 45°30′07″N 73°42′25″W / 45.502°N 73.707°W / 45.502; -73.707
Country Canada
Province Quebec
EstablishedJanuary 01, 2002
Electoral Districts

ProvincialSaint-Laurent and
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorAlan DeSousa (EM)
 • Federal MP(s)Emmanuella Lambropoulos (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Marwah Rizqy (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
 • Land42.8 km2 (16.5 sq mi)
 • Total98,828
 • Density2,310.7/km2 (5,985/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 5.3%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)


Saint-Laurent (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]) is a borough of the city of Montreal, Canada, located in the northern part of the island. It is the largest of Montreal's boroughs, in terms of land area.

Prior to its 2002 merger by the Parti Québécois government, it was an independent city.


Saint-Laurent was first settled in 1700 after land grants were given, including one to Bernard Bleignier dit Jarry, who is associated later with a village mayor and city councillor. 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, this only represented 28.5% of the total eligible voting population, falling short of the requisite 35% as set by the province.


Saint-Laurent is one of Montreal's outer boroughs located in the north central part of the island. It's bordered by Pierrefonds-Roxboro to the west, Ahuntsic-Cartierville to the north and east, and Côte-des-Neiges and the Town of Mount-Royal to the south.

Saint-Laurent is home to many parks including the Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park.

Notable neighbourhoods include Bois-Franc, Vieux Saint-Laurent and Norgate.


Historical populations
Home language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 28,380 54%
English 25,530 23%
Other languages 32,185 21%
Mother tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 26,950 29%
English 13,360 15%
Other languages 51,310 56%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 45,430 46.6%
Visible minorities 51,965 53.4%

In 2016 the immigrant population was 54 percent.

Historic houses in Saint-Laurent.


Air Canada Centre, Air Canada headquarters

Saint-Laurent is the second-largest employment hub within the metropolitan region, after downtown Montréal.[3]

Air Canada Centre,[4] also known as La Rondelle ("The Puck" in French), is Air Canada's headquarters,[5] located on the grounds of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and in Saint-Laurent.[6][7] In 1990 the airline announced that it was moving its headquarters from Downtown Montreal to the airport to cut costs.[8]

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.[9][10] Before its dissolution Jetsgo was headquartered in Saint-Laurent.[11]

Bombardier Aerospace has the Amphibious Aircraft Division in Saint-Laurent.[12]

Norgate Shopping Centre (a strip mall) is the oldest shopping centre in Canada. It was built in Saint-Laurent in 1949, is still operational, and was refurbished in the 2010s.

From 1974 to 1979, General Motors Diesel Division buses were built in a plant in Saint-Laurent.

Decarie Hot Dog[13] (French: Décarie Hot Dogs; founded 1969)[14] is a greasy spoon diner counter restaurant and landmark located in Saint-Laurent.



Saint-Laurent is divided into two electoral districts:

District Position Name   Party
Borough mayor
City councillor
Alan DeSousa   Ensemble Montréal
Côte-de-Liesse City councillor Francesco Miele   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Jacques Cohen   Ensemble Montréal
Norman-McLaren City councillor Aref Salem   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Michèle Biron   Ensemble Montréal


Provincially Saint-Laurent is divided into two ridings:


Federally the entire borough corresponds exactly to the federal riding of Saint-Laurent.


Borough Hall of Saint-Laurent.

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 and a Multipurpose Sports Complex.[15] There is also the commercial Bonaventure's Arena which has rinks available for rent.


Saint-Laurent is served by two metro stations, Du Collège and Côte-Vertu, the later of which also serves as a major bus terminus. There are plans to extend the metro's Orange line to the Bois-Franc REM station with a station at Poirier.

Three commuter train stations from the Deux-Montagnes Exo line, Bois-Franc, Du Ruisseau and Montpellier, are also located in Saint-Laurent.

Autoroutes include Autoroute 15 (Décarie Expressway), Autoroute 40 (Trans Canada), 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, Côte-Vertu Boulevard, 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.[6][16]


Saint-Laurent contains two CÉGEPs 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 an indoor college hockey rink. Formerly, there was also a bowling alley on the campus.

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) operates Francophone public schools.[17]


  • École Beau-Séjour
  • École des Grand Etres
  • École Enfant-Soleil
  • École Jean-Grou
  • École Laurentide
  • École Bois-Franc-Aquarelle
  • École Édouard-Laurin
  • École Jonathan
  • École Hébert
  • École au Trésor-du-Boisé
  • École Cardinal-Léger
  • École Enfants-du-Monde
  • École Henri-Beaulieu
  • École Katimavik

High School[edit]

  • École Secondaire Saint-Laurent (Édifice Émile-Legault and Édifice Saint-Germain)


  • Centre de formation professionnelle Léonard-De Vinci (Édifice Côte-Vertu and Édifice Thimens)

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) operates the following Anglophone public schools [18]


  • Parkdale Elementary School
  • Cedarcrest Elementary School
  • Gardenview Elementary School

High School[edit]


  • St. Laurent Adult Education Centre

Private schools[edit]

  • École Alex Manoogian de l'U.G.A.B (Armenian)
  • École Maïmonide, Campus Jacob Safra
  • École Montessori Ville-Marie, Campus Saint-Laurent
  • École bilingue Notre-Dame de Sion
  • École Education Plus

Previously it housed a campus of the United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Jewish school.[19]

Kativik School Board, which operates schools in Nunavik, has its main office here.[20]

Public libraries[edit]

Du Boisé Branch

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the Vieux-Saint-Laurent Branch and the Du Boisé Branch in Saint-Laurent.[21]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Ville de Montréal - Montréal en statistiques - Saint-Laurent".
  3. ^ CA (2009-06-15). "Local transportation plan adopted - Vos nouvelles - Nouvelles Saint-Laurent News". Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 17–23, 1999. "46.
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  8. ^ "Air Canada layoffs blamed on free trade." Toronto Star. October 10, 1990. A1. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
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  10. ^ "Contact Us." Air Canada Jazz. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  11. ^ "Talk to Us." Jetsgo. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  12. ^ "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"
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  14. ^ Ian Harrison (7 July 2014). "The 50 Most Iconic Meat Dishes in Montreal". Eater Montreal.
  15. ^ "Ville de Montréal - Borough Saint-Laurent - Multipurpose sports complex".
  16. ^ "ab11e5b4-ccb1-430e-9a7c-598d63c7480b.gif Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
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  19. ^ Seidman, Karen. "UTT-Herzliah to leave St. Laurent" (Archive). Montreal Gazette. October 12, 2010. Retrieved on April 23, 2016.
  20. ^ Home page. Kativik School Board. Retrieved on September 22, 2017. "Montreal Office 9800, boul. Cavendish Suite 400 Saint-Laurent (Québec) H4M 2V9 [...] Kuujjuaq Office P.O. Box 150 Kuujjuaq, QC J0M 1C0"
  21. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  22. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  23. ^ "50 ans de jumelage entre Saint-Laurent et Lethbridge". 18 July 2017.