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Saint-Michel is a neighbourhood in the Montreal borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. Its boundaries corresponds to the former city of Ville Saint Michel, which was annexed to Montreal in 1968. This former independent city was known as Saint-Michel-de-Laval from its inception in 1912 to 1914 and Ville Saint Michel from 1914 to 1968. This was one of the last cities to be merged into Montreal until the 2002 municipal reorganization.
Saint-Michel is home to the headquarters of the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil as well as the Tohu, la Cité des Arts du Cirque and the Complexe environmental Saint-Michel. The former Miron and Francon quarries are also located here.
Saint-Michel is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Montreal and in the province of Québec. Italians, Haitians, Arabs, Asians, Hispanics as well as people of French Canadian descent (Québécois) represent the major ethnic groups of this inner-city area. French remains the first language spoken at home, by 51% of the population. But most people have a working knowledge of both of Canada's main languages. The area is also home to many university students because of the relatively low rent and cheap housing and its proximity to the University of Montreal.
Saint-Michel is mainly served by the blue line of the Montreal Metro, although some metro stations from the green and orange lines do have buses that pass through the neighbourhood. Metro stations that are physically located within the neighborhood are Saint-Michel station and the north entrance of D'Iberville station.
Autoroute 40 runs through the area.
Two municipal electoral districts (François-Perreault and Saint-Michel) are in the neighbourhood. The Saint-Michel civic district is currently held by Frantz Benjamin and François-Perreault district is currently held by Frank Venneri. Both sit as independents.