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)
 • Land42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
 • Total98,828
 • Density2,310.7/km2 (5,985/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 5.3%
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)EDT
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)


Saint-Laurent (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ loʁɑ̃]) is a borough of the city of Montreal, the largest in area of Montreal's boroughs. Prior to its 2002 merger, it was a city.


Saint-Laurent was first settled in 1700 after land grants were given, including one to Bernard Bleignier dir 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.


Neighbourhoods within this borough include Bois-Franc and Norgate.

The borough has two municipal districts: Norman-McLaren and Côte-de-Liesse.[6]


Historical populations
Home language (2016)[7]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 31,380 37%
English 21,530 25%
Other languages 32,185 38%

Mother tongue figures from the 2016 census of Canada are: French (26,950), English (13,360), non-official languages (51,310) largest linguistic groups are Arabic, Chinese, Greek and Spanish.

In 2016 the immigrant population was 54% percent.

Ethnicity Population Percent
Canadian 16,685 21.78%
French 9,570 12.49%
Lebanese 7,875 10.28%
Israeli 6,765 9.98%
Chinese 5,460 7.13%
Greek 4,265 5.57%
Italian 3,285 4.29%
English 2,800 3.66%
Irish 2,375 3.1%
East Indian 2,265 2.96%

Linguistic trend

Mother tongue language (2006)[4]
Language 1996 2001 2006
French 23,715 24,520 24,280
English 13,550 12,805 13,290
English and French 1,540 1,030 710
Other languages 35,445 38,255 45,590
Population 74,240 77,391 84,833
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.[8]

Air Canada Centre,[9] also known as La Rondelle ("The Puck" in French), is Air Canada's headquarters,[10] located on the grounds of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and in Saint-Laurent.[11][12] In 1990 the airline announced that it was moving its headquarters from Downtown Montreal to the airport to cut costs.[13]

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.[14][15] Before its dissolution Jetsgo was headquartered in Saint-Laurent.[16]

Bombardier Aerospace has the Amphibious Aircraft Division in Saint-Laurent.[17]

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[edit]

(English:) Decarie Hot Dog
(French:) Décarie Hot Dogs
Restaurant information
Food typeNorth American-Quebecois fast food / Greasy spoon / Diner
Street address953 Decarie Boulevard
CityVille Saint-Laurent
Burough of Montreal
CountyGreater Montreal
Postal/ZIP CodeH4L 3M3
Coordinates45°30′49″N 73°40′53″W / 45.51363°N 73.68145°W / 45.51363; -73.68145
Seating capacity7 + standing room + 16 patio

Decarie Hot Dog[18] (French: Décarie Hot Dogs; founded 1969)[19] is a greasy spoon diner counter restaurant and landmark located in Ville Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Decarie Boulevard, near its intersection with Côte-Vertu Boulevard (and Metro station and transit terminus). It specializes in hot dogs and french fries. It is famed for its fries, poutine and Montreal-style steamies[20][21][22]and it is reputed to have one of the best poutines in Montreal,[23] as well as in Canada.[24] In addition it is reputed for having some of the best hot dogs in Montreal.[25][26][27][28][29][30] As such, it has appeared in some guides about Montreal.[31] Being a local landmark, several local celebrities have eaten at the restaurant, these include Rene Angelil, mayors of Montreal and mayors of Saint-Laurent, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Stephane Dion, pro-athletes of the local teams.[32][33] With the development of the new public square, Place Rodolphe-Rousseau[34], associated with the metro station, across the street from the Decarie Hot Dog building, a full wall mural as painted onto the building. The artwork was painted by Dodo Ose of AShop Studio. The painting, L’Envol, a collaboration between the artist, Ville Saint-Laurent, the owners of Decarie Hot Dog, the Vriniotis family, was made to represent the owners' Greek heritage with the mythological topic of Pegasi.[35][36] The Vriniotis family established the eatery, and as of its 50th anniversary, in 2019, still operates it. During its first 50 years, the menu has not changed except for pricing, and the addition of poutine in 1984. For its 50th, limited renovations were done to the restaurant, which itself is housed in a building that at the time was a century old.[37]


Borough council[edit]

Saint-Laurent is divided into two districts, Norman-McLaren and Côte-de-Liesse. The Norman-McLaren district is named for Norman McLaren, a cinema pioneer at the National Film Board of Canada, whose headquarters are located in the borough district.

As of the November 5, 2017 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

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

Federal riding of Saint-Laurent[edit]

The riding has elected a Liberal Party of Canada member of Parliament since its creation in 1986. Before that, it was a part of the riding Dollard, which was represented by Progressive Conservative Party of Canada MP Gerry Weiner. The fall of the PC Party resulted in the riding becoming a Liberal Stronghold. It was the riding of longtime MP and former federal Liberal leader Stéphane Dion. Dion has represented the riding since 1996. He survived the Orange Wave that eliminated many of his Liberal cohort in the federal election of 2011, besting his closest adversary by greater than 5700 votes.[38]


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.[39] There is also the commercial Bonaventure's Arena which has rinks available for rent.


Saint-Laurent has many transportation links, with one Exo bus terminus (Terminus Côte-Vertu), two Montreal Metro stations (du Collège, Côte-Vertu), three commuter train stations (Bois-Franc, du Ruisseau and Montpellier), four autoroutes (Autoroute 15 (Decarie Expressway and Laurentian Autoroute), Autoroute 40 - Metropolitan Boulevard/Transcanada Highway, 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.[11][40]


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 a bowling alley and an indoor college hockey rink.

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) operates Francophone public schools. The district operates the École secondaire Saint-Laurent buildings Émile-Legault and Saint-Germain in Saint-Laurent.[41] It also operates multiple primary schools and the Centre de formation professionnelle Léonard-De Vinci (Édifice Côte-Vertu and Édifice Thimens).[42]

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) operates the following Anglophone public schools in the borough:[43]

Private schools:

  • École Alex Manoogian(ՀԲԸՄ ԱԼԵՔ ՄԱՆՈՒԿԵԱՆ ՎԱՐԺԱՐԱՆ)-Armen Québec
  • École Maïmonide, Campus Jacob Safra
  • École Montessori Ville-Marie, Campus Saint-Laurent
  • École bilingue Notre-Dame de Sion
  • École Dar-Al-Iman
  • École Les jeunes Musulmans canadiens
  • École Education Plus

Previously it housed a campus of the United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Jewish school.[47]

Kativik School Board, which operates schools in Nunavik, has its main office here.[48]

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.[49]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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