Montréal participatory budget

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Would you like to play a role in defining the future of your city? Do you have solutions in mind to contribute to its social and ecological transition? For the first time in its history, Montréal has earmarked the amount of $10 M to realize projects proposed and chosen by the population, so that we may create a greener, more resilient and more inclusive city, together.


Why participate?

  • To take part in a collective effort.
  • To help find ingenious solutions to the social and environmental problems of our times.
  • To contribute your knowledge and creativity to the development of your city.
  • To have direct influence on your Montréal’s decisions and actions.


Winter 2021: Preliminary review and development of project ideas

The process of collecting ideas is now complete. A total of 620 ideas were submitted.Thank you for participating!

The city is in the process of carrying out a preliminary review of the ideas received and developing those project ideas, together with civil society stakeholders chosen following a call for bidders. More information


Continue to participate:

  1. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay informed about the next steps (see Stay Informed on the right).
  2. In June 2021, vote for the projects to complete. Stay tuned for further details in the weeks to come.


Would you like to play a role in defining the future of your city? Do you have solutions in mind to contribute to its social and ecological transition? For the first time in its history, Montréal has earmarked the amount of $10 M to realize projects proposed and chosen by the population, so that we may create a greener, more resilient and more inclusive city, together.


Why participate?

  • To take part in a collective effort.
  • To help find ingenious solutions to the social and environmental problems of our times.
  • To contribute your knowledge and creativity to the development of your city.
  • To have direct influence on your Montréal’s decisions and actions.


Winter 2021: Preliminary review and development of project ideas

The process of collecting ideas is now complete. A total of 620 ideas were submitted.Thank you for participating!

The city is in the process of carrying out a preliminary review of the ideas received and developing those project ideas, together with civil society stakeholders chosen following a call for bidders. More information


Continue to participate:

  1. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay informed about the next steps (see Stay Informed on the right).
  2. In June 2021, vote for the projects to complete. Stay tuned for further details in the weeks to come.
  • What is a participatory budget?

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    The participatory budget is a process whereby the population may contribute to deciding how to spend part of the municipal budget. It is not a budget stimulus, but rather an opportunity for the population to propose ideas and to vote for the best ones.


    In Montréal, the projects realized must contribute to the ecological and social transition. This is a unique opportunity for Montrealers to put forth innovative solutions to social and environmental issues we are currently faced with.


    Watch the video below to find out more about this process (in French only):


  • How does the participatory budget work?

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    Anyone interested in Montréal’s future could submit an idea, with no age or nationality conditions. Ideas could be submitted individually or collectively, on behalf of an association or a family, or between friends and neighbours, and so on.


    Any person age 12 or older living in Montréal, with no nationality condition, or any merchant within city limits can participate in the vote scheduled to be held in June 2021.


    Project eligibility criteria


    The ideas received could concern a neighbourhood, an area of the city, or Montréal as a whole. To be deemed admissible, project ideas were required to meet the following criteria:

    • Contribute to accelerating Montréal’s ecological and social transition.
    • Serve a collective interest (not intended to benefit an individual or a private entity).
    • Be feasible for the city on public property or on city property.
    • Involve an investment for equipment or urban planning that can be considered sustainable and long-term.
    • Represent a major project requiring an investment of at least $500,000 and at most $3,000,000.


    Other technical requirements apply. Find out more

  • What is a project that contributes to the social and ecological transition?

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    It is a project that contributes to the transition towards a society that treats human beings and their environment more respectfully through new approaches to urban planning, production, consumption and cohabitation.


    To contribute to this transition, projects must meet one of the following four challenges:

    • Fighting against and adapting to climate change
    • Protecting natural habitats in the city
    • Producing and consuming differently
    • Promoting solidarity, equity and inclusion


    Examples of projects: solutions to improve sustainable mobility, fight against heat islands, protect natural habitats, enhance greening, support local merchants, move towards zero-waste targets, improve universal accessibility or fight against food insecurity. Find out more