Saint-Laurent, Quebec

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Saint-Laurent
Borough of Montreal
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
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
RegionMontréal
EstablishedJanuary 01, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
ProvincialSaint-Laurent and
Acadie
Government[1][2][3]
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorAlan DeSousa (UM)
 • Federal MP(s)Stéphane Dion (LIB)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Jean-Marc Fournier (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Land42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total93,842
 • Density2,188.5/km2 (5,668/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011Increase 10.6%
 • Dwellings(2006)35,287
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Highways
A-13
A-15

A-40
A-520
Websitesaintlaurent.
ville.montreal.qc.ca
 
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Saint-Laurent
Borough of Montreal
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
Saint-Laurent borough hall.
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
RegionMontréal
EstablishedJanuary 01, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
ProvincialSaint-Laurent and
Acadie
Government[1][2][3]
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorAlan DeSousa (UM)
 • Federal MP(s)Stéphane Dion (LIB)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Jean-Marc Fournier (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Land42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total93,842
 • Density2,188.5/km2 (5,668/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011Increase 10.6%
 • Dwellings(2006)35,287
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Highways
A-13
A-15

A-40
A-520
Websitesaintlaurent.
ville.montreal.qc.ca

Saint-Laurent is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, the largest in area of Montreal's boroughs. Prior to its 2002 merger it was a city.

History[edit]

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, only 28.5% of the total eligible voting population voted to demerge, falling short of the requisite 35% as set by the province.

Geography[edit]

Neighbourhoods within this borough include Bois-Franc.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.  ±%  
196659,188—    
197162,955+6.4%
197664,404+2.3%
198165,900+2.3%
198667,002+1.7%
199172,402+8.1%
199674,240+2.5%
200177,391+4.2%
200684,833+9.6%
201193,842+10.6%
[6]

Saint-Laurent is one of Quebec's (and Canada's) most ethnically mixed areas, with some 166 ethnicities said to live there in relative harmony.[7]

EthnicityPopulationPercent
Canadian16,68521.78%
French9,57012.49%
Lebanese7,87510.28%
Israeli6,7658.83%
Chinese5,4607.13%
Greek4,2655.57%
Italian3,2854.29%
English2,8003.66%
Irish2,3753.1%
East Indian2,2652.96%
Home language (2006)
LanguagePopulationPercentage (%)
French30,21036.02%
English23,11027.55%
Both English and French1,9252.30%
Other languages28,62034.12%

Linguistic trend

Mother tongue language (2006)[4]
Language199620012006
French23,71524,52024,280
English13,55012,80513,290
English and French1,5401,030710
Other languages35,44538,25545,590
Population74,24077,39184,833

Economy[edit]

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, the earliest shopping center in Canada, a strip mall, was built in Saint-Laurent in 1949, and is still operational.

Government[edit]

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 3, 2013 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

DistrictPositionName Party
Borough mayor
City councillor
Alan DeSousa Équipe Coderre
Côte-de-LiesseCity councillorFrancesco Miele Équipe Coderre
Borough councillorMaurice Cohen Équipe Coderre
Norman-McLarenCity councillorAref Salem Équipe Coderre
Borough councillorMichèle Biron Équipe Coderre

Infrastructure[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

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.[11][18]

Education[edit]

Saint-Laurent contains two CEGEPs 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.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[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". Canada 2011 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent" (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Harel to divide and conquer?". Thesuburbannews.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ CA (2009-06-15). "Local transportation plan adopted - Vos nouvelles - Nouvelles Saint-Laurent News". Nouvellessaint-laurent.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 17–23, 1999. "46.
  10. ^ "Investors Contacts." Air Canada. Retrieved on May 18, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Detailed Map of Dorval." City of Dorval. Retrieved on November 4, 2010.
  12. ^ Israelson, David. "Companies eye exits in case of separation." Toronto Star. September 11, 1994. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Air Canada layoffs blamed on free trade." Toronto Star. October 10, 1990. A1. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  14. ^ "Contact Us." Air Transat. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  15. ^ "Contact Us." Air Canada Jazz. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  16. ^ "Talk to Us." Jetsgo. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  17. ^ "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"
  18. ^ "ab11e5b4-ccb1-430e-9a7c-598d63c7480b.gif." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  19. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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