LaSalle, Quebec

Montreal Enlarge Saint Lawrence River
LaSalle February 2013.jpg
Official logo of LaSalle
"Obstantia Amovet"  (Latin)
"He pushes away obstacles and casts aside difficulties"
Location of LaSalle on the Island of Montreal. (Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location of LaSalle on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine1676
Montreal mergerJanuary 1, 2002
Named forRené-Robert Cavelier de La Salle
Electoral Districts

 • TypeBorough
 • Borough MayorManon Barbe
 • City Councilor (Cecil-P.-Newman)Lise Zarac
 • City Councilor (Sault-Saint-Louis)Richard Deschamps
 • Total16.38 km2 (6.32 sq mi)
 • Total76 853
 • Change (2006-11)
 • Dwellings (2006)
Demonym(s)Lasallois, Lasallian
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514/438

LaSalle (French pronunciation: ​[lasal]) is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to 2002, it was a separate municipality that had been incorporated in 1912. LaSalle is located in the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, along the Saint Lawrence river.


LaSalle was named for the area's first seigneur, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643–1687). The area became part of a municipality during the mid 19th century, and LaSalle was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1912.

The Lachine Rapids are situated within LaSalle territory. The name Lachine, which is also the name of the neighboring borough, stayed because the LaSalle area was part of the parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine during the French regime period. Before the creation of the Lachine Canal in the 1820s, the rapids had to be portaged on a trail called Chemin LaSalle (what is now LaSalle Boulevard).

LaSalle is known for its many public schools, most notably l'École secondaire Cavelier-de-LaSalle, known as one of the top talent-producing schools in the fields of dance and song. The other common public school in LaSalle is LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, opened many years ago and home to many cultures.

Michel Leduc, who served as mayor from 1983 to December 31, 2001, was the last mayor of an independent LaSalle.[6] Under Leduc, LaSalle became the first large city in Quebec to launch a large recycling program. LaSalle was annexed by the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002,[6] along with a number of other cities on the Island of Montreal.


The Saint Lawrence River as viewed from Lasalle.

LaSalle is bounded by five adjacent municipalities and boroughs, these being Lachine towards the west, Verdun and the inner city neighborhood of Ville-Émard in correlation to the north-east, and Montreal West and the neighborhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce within the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce towards the north, the latter two being divided by Autoroute 20 as well as the Lachine Canal. All complemented by the shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the south and east, specifically a portion of the river known as the Lachine Rapids.


The Borough Hall of LaSalle.

Federal and provincial elections

Federally, the western part of the borough is located in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle and the eastern part in LaSalle—Émard—Verdun. They are represented by Anju Dhillon and David Lametti of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Provincially, the entire borough is within the electoral district of Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Marguerite-Bourgeoys was represented by Monique Jérôme-Forget of the Quebec Liberal Party until her 2009 resignation. Since the October 1, 2018 Quebec provincial election, Marguerite-Bourgeoys is represented by Hélène David of the Quebec Liberal Party.

Borough government

The borough is divided into two districts.

The borough elects a borough mayor, two city councillors, and four borough councillors.

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
Manon Barbe   Équipe Barbe Team
Cecil-P.-Newman City councillor Lise Zarac   Équipe Barbe Team
Borough councillor Serge Declos   Équipe Barbe Team
Josée Troilo   Équipe Barbe Team
Sault-Saint-Louis City councillor Richard Deschamps   Équipe Barbe Team
Borough councillor Laura Palestini   Équipe Barbe Team
Nancy Blanchet   Équipe Barbe Team


Ethnic origin[8] Population
Canadian 31,545
French 15,860
Italian 10,250
Irish 4,870
English 4,840
Scottish 3,190
East Indian 2,340
Chinese 2,035
Polish 1,875
Jamaican 1,375
Home language (2016)[9]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 28 770 42%
English 24 935 36%
Other languages 15 470 22%

As indicated by the 2016 census, the City of Montreal's borough of LaSalle has a population of 76 853. This demonstrates an increase from the population indicated by the 2011 census, which was 74 276. Much like a substantial amount of other communities in the Greater Montreal area, LaSalle remains ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse. Visible minorities account for approximately 37% of the population, the largest and most notable groups being Black Canadians and South Asians. Linguistically, approximately 43% of LaSalle's residents speak French as their primary language at home, 37% speak English, and 21% primarily speak some other language at home. As with most boroughs on the island of Montreal, a great number of LaSallians are bilingual, having 59% of the population possessing the capability to speak both French and English.

Religious distribution

Religion (2011)
Religion Population Percentage (%)
Christianity 53,035 73.0%
Muslim 5,365 7.4%
Sikh 1,630 2.2%
Hindu 1,120 1.5%
Buddhist 955 1.3%
Jewish 350 0.5%
Other religions 220 0.3%
No religious affiliation 9,960 13.7%


Post-secondary education

Cégep André-Laurendeau is in LaSalle.

Primary and secondary schools

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[10]

Adult schools:

Professional development centres:

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools.

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

Public libraries

The centre culturel l'Octogone houses the L'Octagone library

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the L'Octagone Branch in Lasalle.[13]


Fleming windmill, Lasalle

Among LaSalle's attractions are Angrignon Mall, the Lachine Canal and the Canal de l'Aqueduc, with their recreational areas; the Octagone library; the Parc Angrignon; the Île aux Hérons migratory bird refuge; the Saints-Anges archeological site; Des Rapides Park; and the Fleming windmill, which is used as the borough's symbol. Other major installations include the Cégep André-Laurendeau.


LaSalle's main economic engines include industries and agrifoods:


LaSalle is served by the LaSalle commuter train station on the Candiac Line. Route 138 passes through the borough before crossing the Honoré Mercier Bridge to Kahnawake. Other important thoroughfares include LaSalle, Newman, La Vérendrye, Bishop Power, Champlain, Shevchenko, Dollard, Lapierre, Centrale and Jean-Brillon Boulevards.

Sports and recreation

Saint Lawrence River seen from LaSalle Blvd. bicycle path.

LaSalle also has various sports teams, the football association (Warriors), the hockey association (Cougars), the baseball association (LaSalle Cardinals) and the soccer association (LaSalle Rapids) which remain popular. The Cardinals play their home games at Stade Éloi-Viau. The first ever cricket team called "LaSalle Strikers" came into existence in 2015. Former home of Pop Harrigan Hockey and LaSalle Colts Football.

Notable residents, former and current

Notable people

Notable athletes

See also


  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: LaSalle
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LASALLE-ÉMARD (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: MARGUERITE-BOURGEOYS[permanent dead link]
    Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: MARQUETTE[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: LaSalle, Quebec
  5. ^ "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité" (PDF). Canada 2016 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Former LaSalle mayor Michel Leduc dies". CBC News. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  7. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de LaSalle" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Selected Ethnic Origins, for Census Subdivisions (Municipalities) With 5,000-plus Population - 20% Sample Data". 2.statcan.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  9. ^ http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=6897,68087643&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  10. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.csmb.qc.ca/fr-CA/enseignement/formation-professionnelle/centres/liste/cea-lasalle.aspx
  12. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Former LaSalle mayor Michel Leduc dies". CBC.ca. Retrieved 2012-09-15.