Saint-Laurent, Quebec

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Borough of Montreal
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).
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montréal
Established January 01, 2002
Electoral Districts

Provincial Saint-Laurent and
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Alan DeSousa (EDC)
 • Federal MP(s) Emmanuella Lambropoulos (LIB)
 • Quebec MNA(s) Jean-Marc Fournier (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
 • Land 42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total 93,842
 • Density 2,188.5/km2 (5,668/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 10.6%
 • Dwellings(2006) 35,287
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s) H4L, H4M, H4R, H4S, H4T
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 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
Year Pop. ±%
1966 59,188 —    
1971 62,955 +6.4%
1976 64,404 +2.3%
1981 65,900 +2.3%
1986 67,002 +1.7%
1991 72,402 +8.1%
1996 74,240 +2.5%
2001 77,391 +4.2%
2006 84,833 +9.6%
2011 93,842 +10.6%

Saint-Laurent is one of Quebec's (and Canada's) most ethnically mixed areas, with some 166 ethnicities reported to live there in relative harmony.[8]

Mother tongue figures from the 2011 census of Canada are: French (29.7 per cent), English (15.6 per cent), non-official languages (54.7 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Arabic, Chinese, Greek and Spanish)[9]

In 2011 the immigrant population was 45.4 percent, according to the National Household Survey by Statistics Canada.[9] It is one of the boroughs of Montreal with the highest concentration of Arab Canadians.

Home language (2011) [10]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 30,190 36%
English 21,220 26%
Other languages 31,295 38%
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.[11]

Air Canada Centre,[12] also known as La Rondelle ("The Puck" in French), is Air Canada's headquarters,[13] located on the grounds of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and in Saint-Laurent.[14][15] In 1990 the airline announced that it was moving its headquarters from Downtown Montreal to the airport to cut costs.[16]

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.[17][18] Before its dissolution Jetsgo was headquartered in Saint-Laurent.[19]

Bombardier Aerospace has the Amphibious Aircraft Division in Saint-Laurent.[20]

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

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


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   Équipe Coderre
Côte-de-Liesse City councillor Francesco Miele   Équipe Coderre
Borough councillor Jacques Cohen   Équipe Coderre
Norman-McLaren City councillor Aref Salem   Équipe Coderre
Borough councillor Michèle Biron   Équipe Coderre

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 lead to it being 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.[9]


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


Saint-Laurent has many transportation links, with one municipal bus terminal (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, De la Côte-Vertu Road, 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.[14][22]


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.[23] It also operates multiple primary schools and the Centre de formation professionnelle Léonard-De Vinci (Édifice Côte-Vertu and Édifice Thimens).[24]

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the nearby area.[25] LaurenHill Academy is a secondary school in the borough.

  • Gardenview School[26]
  • Parkdale School
  • St. Laurent Adult Education Centre[27]

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

Previously it housed a campus of the United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Jewish school.[28]

Kativik School Board, which operates schools in Nunavik, has its main office here.[29]

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.[30]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Saint-Laurent (Montreal)
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: SAINT-LAURENT--CARTIERVILLE (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: SAINT-LAURENT
    ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: ACADIE
  4. ^ a b c 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
  5. ^ "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité" (PDF). Canada 2011 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^,87220138&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  7. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Harel to divide and conquer?". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^,68087673&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  11. ^ CA (2009-06-15). "Local transportation plan adopted - Vos nouvelles - Nouvelles Saint-Laurent News". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  12. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 17–23, 1999. "46.
  13. ^ "Investors Contacts." Air Canada. Retrieved on May 18, 2009.
  14. ^ a b "Detailed Map of Dorval." City of Dorval. Retrieved on November 4, 2010.
  15. ^ Israelson, David. "Companies eye exits in case of separation." Toronto Star. September 11, 1994. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  16. ^ "Air Canada layoffs blamed on free trade." Toronto Star. October 10, 1990. A1. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  17. ^ "Contact Us." Air Transat. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  18. ^ "Contact Us." Air Canada Jazz. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  19. ^ "Talk to Us." Jetsgo. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  20. ^ "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"
  21. ^,91681608&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  22. ^ "ab11e5b4-ccb1-430e-9a7c-598d63c7480b.gif." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  25. ^ "House Education." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 10, 2014.
  26. ^
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  28. ^ Seidman, Karen. "UTT-Herzliah to leave St. Laurent" (Archive). Montreal Gazette. October 12, 2010. Retrieved on April 23, 2016.
  29. ^ 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"
  30. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  31. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  32. ^

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Coordinates: 45°31′01″N 73°40′01″W / 45.517°N 73.667°W / 45.517; -73.667