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Mount Royal, Quebec

Town of Mount Royal
Ville de Mont-Royal
Houses on Morrison Avenue.
Houses on Morrison Avenue.
Motto: Regium Donum
(Latin for Royal gift)
Location on the Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Mount Royal is located in Southern Quebec
Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: [3]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montreal
RCM None
Founded 1912
Constituted January 1, 2006
 • Mayor Philippe Roy
 • Federal riding Mount Royal
 • Prov. riding Mont-Royal
 • Total 7.46 km2 (2.88 sq mi)
 • Land 7.66 km2 (2.96 sq mi)
  There is an apparent
contradiction between two
authoritative sources
Population (2011)[6]
 • Total 19,503
 • Density 2,545.3/km2 (6,592/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.0%
 • Dwellings 7,391
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) H3P to H3R
Area code(s) 514 and 438

Website .ca.qc.mount-royal.townwww

The Town of Mount Royal (abbreviated TMR) is an affluent on-island suburb located on the northwest side of Mount Royal, north of Downtown Montreal, on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It is completely surrounded by Montreal. The population was 19,503 as of the Canada 2011 Census. In 2008, most of the Town of Mount Royal was designated a National Historic Site of Canada, as a "[remarkable] synthesis of urban renewal movements of the early 20th century, reflecting the influence of the City Beautiful, Garden City and Garden Suburb movements".[7] The town celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Government 3
    • Municipal 3.1
      • 2005 Municipal Elections 3.1.1
    • Federal and Provincial 3.2
  • Demographics 4
    • Languages 4.1
    • Age 4.2
    • Households 4.3
    • Religion 4.4
    • Income 4.5
  • Education 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The town was founded in 1912. It was created at the initiative of the Canadian Northern Railway. The town was designed by Frederick Todd, a planner who was heavily influenced by the likes of Ebenezer Howard and incorporated many aspects of the Garden City Movement as well some elements of the earlier City Beautiful movement into his design.[8] The plan was to build a model city at the foot of the mountain. The company bought 4,800 acres (1,900 ha) of farmland, and then built a rail tunnel under Mount Royal connecting their land to downtown Montreal. The profits from the venture helped finance the development of Canadian Northern's transcontinental railroad, which eventually became a significant constituent of the Canadian National Railway system. The town was designed by Canadian Northern's chief engineer, Henry Wicksteed, based loosely on Washington, D.C.

Plan of “Model City” and of the Mount Royal Tunnel

The Town of Mount Royal has always been an upper-income community, and until the 1960s its population was majority Anglophone. This began to change after the Quiet Revolution, as francophones gained access to better-paying careers. Mount Royal became popular and today the community is 46% francophone and home to a significant Arab and Asian Canadian population.

On January 1, 2002, as part of the Montreal and became a borough. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent town on January 1, 2006.

One notable feature of the town is the naming of some of its streets, and also its occasionally idiosyncratic numbering system. Some streets which pass through the town may thus bear two names (in whichever language). For example, Jean Talon Street, a large East-West thoroughfare crossing Montreal for kilometres, goes a few hundred metres through Mount Royal under the name of Dresden Avenue, only to recover its Montreal name on the other side of town. This situation has been recently ameliorated by putting the two names on the street signs. On these few hundred meters, Mount Royal uses a house civic numbering totally different from that of Montreal on either side. This sort of change in the numbering system also occurs on smaller streets shared by both Montreal and Mount Royal (for example, Trenton, Lockhart and Brookfield avenues, where the Mount Royal numbering system decreases from East to West, only to jump from 2 to 2400 on the few metres of the street that still belong to Montreal).


Mont-Royal Station serves many commuters to Downtown Montreal

Two main thoroughfares, Laird Boulevard and Graham Boulevard, cut across the borough diagonally and meet at Connaught Park, a green space located in the centre. Mount Royal Train Station, a commuter train station on the AMT Deux-Montagnes Line is located to the east of this park. Trains going through the Mount Royal Tunnel link the station to downtown Montreal in eight minutes. Both avenues end at Jean Talon Street and close to the highway

Mount Royal is surrounded on three sides by a highway, a fence and a rail line.

The highway is Metropolitan Boulevard, a major constituent of Autoroute 40. It was built as an elevated highway throughout, except when it passes through Mount Royal (between Sainte Croix Avenue and L'Acadie Boulevard), since the town council requested that it be built on the ground, in order to separate the town from the industrial area to the north.

A fence runs along the eastern border with Park Extension at L'Acadie Boulevard, a six lane thoroughfare. The stated purpose of the fence is to prevent children and house pets from running into the busy thoroughfare but some have contended that it was built to keep residents of the working-class Park Extension neighbourhood out of the town.[9][10]

The rail line is the last portion of Canadian Pacific's Adirondack subdivision. It originally ran through the northern part of the district of Côte-des-Neiges. However when the town became part of Montreal on Jan 1, 2002, the part of Côte-des-Neiges north of rail line was incorporated into the Mount Royal borough. When the town demerged on Jan 1, 2006 this part, known as Glenmount, reverted to Côte-des-Neiges.



Town mayor Vera Danyluk stepped down in July 2010 due to illness. She died on Thursday, October 14, 2010. Philippe Roy was elected mayor by acclamation. Town council has six councillor seats: candidates run for a specific seat and are elected by the entire town electoral population (a ward system is not used). Only the town mayor sits on the agglomeration council of Montreal.

  • Erin Kennedy (Seat No. 1)
  • Fouad Sahyoun (Seat No. 2)
  • John Miller (Seat No. 3)
  • Minh-Diem Le Thi (Seat No. 4)
  • Louis Dumont (Seat No. 5)
  • Philippe Roy (Seat No. 6)

2005 Municipal Elections

The 2005 election, which took place on November 6, involved a three-way race for mayor between incumbent borough mayor Suzanne Caron, former mayor Vera Danyluk, and Brigitte Mack-Arsenault, president of a municipal watchdog association. The election also involved municipal political parties for the first time. Both Danyluk and Mack-Arsenault formed parties, and Caron, although officially running as an independent, affiliated herself with a group of independent candidates for town council.

Danyluk won the election.

Federal and Provincial

The entire borough is located within the federal riding of Mount Royal, whose best-known MP for nearly 20 years was Pierre Trudeau, and within the smaller provincial electoral district of Mount Royal.


Note: Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding of data samples.

As of the census of 2001,[12] there were 18,682 people, 7,065 households, and 5,215 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,438.90/km². There were 7,267 housing units at an average density of 948.69/km². The racial makeup of the town was 84.51% White, 1.71% Black Canadian, 0.08% Aboriginal, 6.66% Asian Canadian, and 0.84% Latin American.


Knowledge of Official Languages (Statistics Canada: 2006,[13] 2001[14])
Language(s) 2011 2006 2001
Percentage (%) Percentage (%) Percentage (%)
Both English and French 77.2% 77.6% 76.9%
English only 9.9% 10.1% 11.6%
French only 11.7% 11.1% 10.1%
Neither English nor French 1.3% 1.2% 1.4%
The 2006 census found that, counting single responses only, French was spoken as a mother tongue by 43.9% of the population, which was a decrease from 46.4% in 2001. English was spoken as a mother tongue by a total of 21.8% of the population in 2006, which was a decrease from 26.2% in 2001. Counting single responses only, the next most common mother tongues were Arabic (7.3%), Greek (3.1%), Italian (3.0%), Armenian and Chinese (2.5% each), and Vietnamese (2.4%).[15]
Mother tongue Population (2006) Percentage (2006) Population (2011) Percentage (2011)
French 8,185 43.86% 8,475 44.04%
English 4,060 21.76% 3,960 20.58%
English and French 225 1.21%
English and a non-official language 210 1.13%
French and a non-official language 160 0.86%
English, French and a non-official language 55 0.29%
Arabic 1,355 7.26%
Greek 570 3.05%
Italian 555 2.97%
Armenian 465 2.49%
Chinese 460 2.47%
Vietnamese 445 2.38%
Romanian 280 1.50%
Spanish 155 0.83%
Persian 155 0.83%
Russian 145 0.78%
Mother tongue Population Percentage
German 125 0.67%
Korean 95 0.51%
Polish 85 0.46%
Hungarian 80 0.43%
Tagalog 75 0.40%
Creole 60 0.32%
Tamil 60 0.32%
Gujarati 45 0.24%
Ukrainian 45 0.24%
Portuguese 40 0.21%
Hebrew 35 0.19%
Yiddish 35 0.19%
Bulgarian 30 0.16%
Czech 25 0.13%
Kurdish 25 0.13%
Slovak 25 0.13%
Home language (2006 and 2011)
Language Population (2006) Percentage (2006) Population (2011) Percentage (2011)
French 9,145 49.02% 9,070 47.14%
English 6,375 34.17% 5,950 30.93%
Both English and French 395 2.12% 385 2.00%
Other languages 2,745 14.71% 3,020 15.70%


In the town the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 15, 11.6% from 15 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 15 and over, there were 85.9 males.


There were 7,065 households out of which 33.7% had children living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female lone-parent as a householder, and 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average married-couple family size was 3.2.


As of 2001, Christians made up 71.9% of the population, or 53.2% Catholic, 6.0% Protestant, 10.9% Orthodox, and 1.8% other Christian. Other religions in the town include 12% Jewish, 5.5% Muslim, 2.3% Buddhist, and 0.6% other religions. 7.6% of the population claimed to have no religious affiliation.[16]


As of 2006, the median income for a household in the town was $86,743 CAD, and the median income for a family was $112,449 CAD. Males had an average income of $86,428 CAD versus $41,883 CAD for females. About 4.5% of the labour force was unemployed. The largest occupation categories were 20.7% employed in management occupations, 20.3% business, finance, and administration occupations, and 17.9% in sales and service occupations.


The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) operates Francophone public schools.[17]

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

  • École primaire Académie Saint-Clément
  • École primaire Saint-Clément

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the town.

  • Carlyle Elementary School[18]
  • Dunrae Gardens Elementary School[19]

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates area libraries.[20]

See also


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  3. ^ Commission de toponymie du QuébecReference number 388468 of the (French)
  4. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Mont Royal
  5. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: MOUNT ROYAL (Quebec)
  6. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Mount Royal, Quebec
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  8. ^ Sewell, John. "The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning" page 52 University of Toronto Press Inc. 1993
  9. ^ Kristian Gravenor, "Segregation fence to live on." Montreal Mirror, November 8, 2001.
  10. ^ Photographer gets hassled by municipal security.
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  17. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
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  20. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.

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