Montréal's participatory budget

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For the very first time in its history, Montréal is setting aside $10 million to carry out projects proposed by the public. The projects funded by the participatory budget will contribute to the social and ecological transition.


Discover the 7 winning projects

After proposing 620 ideas during the fall of 2020, you were more than 20,000 to chime in between June 11 and July 11, 2021, in order to select the winning projects. Thank you for your participation!


The winning projects are:

  1. Mini-forests in Montréal
  2. Water in your flask!
  3. Safe and inclusive festive furniture
  4. Jardin Éthel
  5. Our4-season greenhouse: producing year-round in Saint-Michel
  6. Ecological corridor of the Greater Sud-Ouest area
  7. Quai34

The city and boroughs involved will begin the planning phase and start realizing the projects.


What is the participatory budget?

It is a process that enables the population to decide how to use part of the municipal budget. You get to propose ideas for major projects, among which a few will be chosen by Montrealers and realized by the city.


The participatory budget entails various phases:

  1. The population proposes ideas
  2. The city analyses the ideas received and develops them into potential projects, in collaboration with members of the civil society. It then assesses the feasibility of the projects in order to prepare a final list to be submitted for voting.
  3. The projects with the highest number of votes are realized, within the total $10 M allocated budget.


Projects namely had to meet the following criteria:

  • contribute to the social and ecological transition
  • serve a collective interest
  • represent an investment expenditure
  • be realizable by the city
  • represent a major project (target value between $500,000 and $3 M).


Find out more

For the very first time in its history, Montréal is setting aside $10 million to carry out projects proposed by the public. The projects funded by the participatory budget will contribute to the social and ecological transition.


Discover the 7 winning projects

After proposing 620 ideas during the fall of 2020, you were more than 20,000 to chime in between June 11 and July 11, 2021, in order to select the winning projects. Thank you for your participation!


The winning projects are:

  1. Mini-forests in Montréal
  2. Water in your flask!
  3. Safe and inclusive festive furniture
  4. Jardin Éthel
  5. Our4-season greenhouse: producing year-round in Saint-Michel
  6. Ecological corridor of the Greater Sud-Ouest area
  7. Quai34

The city and boroughs involved will begin the planning phase and start realizing the projects.


What is the participatory budget?

It is a process that enables the population to decide how to use part of the municipal budget. You get to propose ideas for major projects, among which a few will be chosen by Montrealers and realized by the city.


The participatory budget entails various phases:

  1. The population proposes ideas
  2. The city analyses the ideas received and develops them into potential projects, in collaboration with members of the civil society. It then assesses the feasibility of the projects in order to prepare a final list to be submitted for voting.
  3. The projects with the highest number of votes are realized, within the total $10 M allocated budget.


Projects namely had to meet the following criteria:

  • contribute to the social and ecological transition
  • serve a collective interest
  • represent an investment expenditure
  • be realizable by the city
  • represent a major project (target value between $500,000 and $3 M).


Find out more

  • 1 - Mini-forests in Montréal

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    Creation of 7 protected mini-forests developed in local parks or on municipal land that is currently under-utilized, in order to enhance the urban canopy and to provide a contemplative experience.

    Expected benefits:
    • Adding more than 1,200m2 of forest in Montréal.
    • Offering biodiversity islands for the survival of plants and wildlife.
    • Offering places for contemplation and connection to nature.

    Locations:
    • Montréal-Nord
    • Outremont
    • Pierrefonds-Roxboro
    • Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
    • Verdun

    Budget: $1.4 million

    Number of votes: 8,553 (42.7%)
  • 2 - Water in your flask!

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    Adding more than 125 water fountains and devices to fill reusable water bottles in busy areas that are currently poorly equipped.

    Expected benefits:
    • Offering improved access to drinking water in public areas.
    • Reducing the consumption of disposable water bottles.

    Locations:
    • Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
    • L’Île-Bizard-Saint-Geneviève
    • Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
    • Outremont
    • Saint-Léonard
    • Ville-Marie

    Budget: $2.7 million

    Number of votes: 4,868 (24,3%)
  • 3 - Safe and inclusive festive furniture

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    Increasing the supply of universally accessible municipal equipment available for the organization of small events in public areas (examples: removable inclined ramps, on-stage hearing aid systems, slatted flooring for people with reduced mobility, etc.).

    Expected benefits:
    • Make neighbourhood events more inclusive.
    • Provide universally accessible furniture for event organizers.

    Locations:
    • All boroughs

    Budget: $650,000

    Number of votes: 4,633 (23,1%)
  • 4 - Jardin Éthel

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    Transforming the top floor of the Ethel parking lot, in Verdun, to create a public place dedicated to urban agriculture, greening, arts and culture, while providing a spectacular view of the city.

    Expected benefits:
    • Promoting a unified, healthy local urban life.
    • Reclaiming a vacant public area, while helping to reduce heat islands.

    Location:
    • Verdun

    Budget: $755,000

    Number of votes: 4,161 (20,8%)
  • 5 - Our 4-season greenhouse: producing year-round in Saint-Michel

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    Building a greenhouse, along with an outdoor garden, to be able to produce fruits and vegetables locally and pesticide-free, to receive student groups and residents and to distribute the harvested produce in the neighbourhood, at affordable prices.

    Expected benefits:
    • Improving the supply of healthy food in Saint-Michel.
    • Contributing to food autonomy and security locally.
    • Raising awareness among residents with respect to environmental issues.

    Location:
    • Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension (north of complexe environnemental Saint-Michel)

    Budget: $765,000

    Number of votes: 3,782 (18,9%)
  • 6 - Ecological corridor of the greater Sud-Ouest area

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    Creation of connections among key existing biodiversity clusters through the enhancement of green lanes and the implementation of new tree and shrub plantation islands and pollinating gardens.

    Expected benefits:
    • Creating a network of ecological corridors linking the various existing biodiversity clusters.
    • Creating favourable conditions for the mobility and survival of insects and birds in an urban setting.
    • Promoting residents’ access to nature in the city.

    Locations:
    • LaSalle (at parc des Rapides, to Baie de Quenneville and along Canal de l'Aqueduc)
    • Le Sud-Ouest (ruelles vertes, rues Irwin and La Vérendrye and parcs des Métallos, Saint-Jean-Bosco, Saint-Jean-de-Matha et Curé-Labelle)

    Budget: $2.7 million

    Number of votes: 3,727 (18,6%)
  • 7 - Quai34

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    Redevelopment of a dock and greening of mineralized areas along the Saint-Lawrence River, making it a safe, welcoming place that is conducive to socialization and to the practice of a variety of activities such as observation or fishing.

    Expected benefits:
    • Reducing heat islands and enhancing natural elements. l
    • Transforming a parking dock into a green space that allows for the natural drainage of stormwater..
    • Providing a new rest area accessible to the area’s residents and visitors.

    Location:
    • Lachine (along fleuve Saint-Laurent et 34e Avenue)

    Budget: $1 million

    Number of votes: 3,718 (18,6%)