Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Montreal Ensemble Montréal Canada
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),(438) (579)


Saint-Laurent (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]) is a borough of the city of Montreal, Canada. It is the largest in area of all Montreal's boroughs. Prior to its 2002 merger by the Parti Québécois government, it was a city. Its neighbours include Bois-Franc and Norgate.


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

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]


Home language (2018)[7]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 28,380 54%
English 25,530 23%
Other languages 32,185 21%

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

In 2018 the immigrant population was 54 percent.

Mother tongue (2016)[7]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 26,950 29%
English 13,360 15%
Other languages 51,310 56%
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[18] (French: Décarie Hot Dogs; founded 1969)[19] is a greasy spoon diner counter restaurant and landmark located in Saint-Laurent.


Borough council

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

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.[20]


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 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][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 the following Anglophone public schools in the borough:[25]

Private schools:

Previously it housed a campus of the United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Jewish school.[29]

Kativik School Board, which operates schools in Nunavik, has its main office here.[30]

Public libraries

Du Boisé Branch

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the Vieux-Saint-Laurent Branch and the Du Boisé Branch in Saint-Laurent.[31]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Saint-Laurent is twinned with:

Notable people

See also


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  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"
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  19. ^ Ian Harrison (7 July 2014). "The 50 Most Iconic Meat Dishes in Montreal". Eater Montreal.
  20. ^ "Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Saint-Laurent". CBC News. September 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "Ville de Montréal - Borough Saint-Laurent - Multipurpose sports complex".
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  30. ^ 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"
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  32. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
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