What is Montréal Dialogue?

Montréal Dialogue is an invitation to citizens and public, private and community actors to come together to imagine new innovative, inclusive and simplified public participation practices that will give Montrealers the tools to contribute to the development of their city and the improvement of the living environments. In late summer, citizens will be invited to take part in a series of activities across the city. This large-scale sharing process will fuel the City’s efforts to revise and enhance Montréal’s Public Consultation and Participation Policy adopted in 2005.

Whether asking a question during a meeting of the municipal council or borough council, presenting a brief to the Commission permanente on culture, heritage and sports, expressing a vision for Montréal during an online consultation, such as Rêvons Montréal, or initiating a project as part of Je fais Mtl, Montrealers have access to several means of participating in the development of a city in their image. With Montréal Dialogue, the City is seeking to broaden this range of tools even further, while making them more accessible, inclusive and simplified. 


Why undertake the Montréal Dialogue process?

To better understand the expectations and aspirations of the Montréal community regarding public participation and, in return, to offer Montrealers a pathway to clear, evolving, accessible and inclusive participation and engagement, along with practical tools to understand and make an impact on the city.

Ultimately, these new, more accessible means of expression and participation in the City’s decision-making process will, collectively, help initiate better quality projects and acquire improved and even more harmonious living environments.

What do public participation and engagement mean?

Public participation and engagement encompass the mechanisms that enable the population and civil society representatives to have their voices heard on various projects initiated by the City at the different stages of their development and to suggest initiatives for Montréal.

Participation deals not only with subjects related to urban planning, but also with culture, the environment, mobility and economic and social development, among others. 

What are the objectives of the revision and enhancement of the City’s Public Consultation and Participation Policy?

Thanks to thePublic Consultation and Participation Policy that will be revised and enhanced in the wake of Montréal Dialogue, the City hopes to transform and enrich its relationship with its citizens.

In the end, the pathway for citizens who wish to invest in the process will be simplified and enhanced. Citizens will better understand when, where, about what and how to participate. They will also know what is expected of them and what the City is committed to do in return regarding public participation and engagement. Practical and adapted tools will also be made available to all Montrealers.

By initiating the Montréal Dialogue process, Ville de Montréal hopes to become a participative city with the highest standards of quality, one that ensures that the collective choices we make are always well informed.


Will the revised Public Consultation and Participation Policy replace the approval by way of referendum process?

No. Montréal has chosen to keep the approval by way of referendum process set out in the Act respecting land use planning and development to preserve this decision-making power delegated to citizens while equipping itself with a revised and enhanced public consultation and participation policy.