Overnight parking tolerance: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Category : Public Security
September 17, 2020

The Town of Montreal West will allow on street overnight parking for guests of residents during the following periods:

  • Friday evening September 18, 2020 until Monday morning September 21, 2020.
  • Friday evening September 25, 2020 until Tuesday morning September 29, 2020.

An overnight parking tolerance allows residents and their guests to park their vehicles on the street overnight without having to request a temporary overnight parking permit.

Note: Vehicles must respect daytime parking restrictions and are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else where parking is prohibited. 

Family fun day on September 13

Category : Special events
September 3, 2020

Thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, we are planning part 2 of our Canada Day celebrations! A variety of in-person and virtual activities will take place throughout Town on September 13. Please respect physical distancing at all times.

DUATHLON

Families and individuals can register to the annual duathlon (run, swim, run). The event is free for residents. Register on Amilia. Other activities to take place at Hodgson Field. 

POP-UP ENTERTAINMENT

Pop up musical appearances (Kattam, Buffalo Hat Singers, The Other Side of Cool) at different locations throughout the day. 

12:30 - 1:25 p.m.: Kattam

An incredible multicultural adventure! Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, percussionist Kattam never fails to enrol his audience.

Spaces are limited, reserve your tickets on Amilia.

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

  • 10 a.m. Live Zumba class on Zoom 

    The class will be live streamed on September 13 at 10 a.m. 

  • 11:30 a.m. Live Intro to Manga on Zoom

    The class will be live streamed on April's Youtube page on September 13 at 11:30 a.m.

  • Canadian themed trivia
  • Recipe idea

    Bake a classic fall dessert - delicious apple pie!

  • Cupcake decorating contest

    Recreate this cupcake and send in a photo of it! Do your best and have fun!

  • Canada Word Search
  • Sugar cube igloo

    Use your imagination! Use sugar cubes and glue to build your best igloo! No need to send this one in, it’s just for fun! Get building and enjoy!

  • Canada face painting ideas

  • Corn husk crafts

    Use the husk of your corn to build some pretty cool dolls! Dress them up however you want and have fun with it!

Labour Day: municipal services closed

Category : Administration
September 1, 2020

Our municipal services will be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labour Day statutory holiday. Municipal services available by phone or online will resume on Tuesday, September 8. 

Temporary opening of the Town Hall service counter

Category : Administration | Taxation
August 17, 2020

The Town Hall service counter will be temporarily open to the public on August 21, 24 and 25 to accommodate citizens wishing to pay the second installment of their property taxes in person.

Schedule: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Accepted methods of payment: Cheque, debit and cash

A number of sanitary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be put in place:

  • Entrance is through the front door only, except for citizens with reduced mobility. For the latter, please indicate your presence to the security officer at the main entrance.
  • Only one citizen will be allowed inside the building at a time. You must wait outside and a security officer will greet you.
  • Face coverings are mandatory.
  • Upon entering the building, clean your hands with disinfectant gel provided by the Town.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters at all times.
  • There will be no access to toilets.

The Town continues to encourage its citizens to prioritize online and telephone services.

Reminder: the deadline for payment of the second installment of property taxes is August 24.

For more details

Presentation of the draft Montreal West Age-Friendliness Plan of Action 2020-2025

Category : Administration
August 13, 2020

The following Age-Friendliness draft Plan of Action is the culmination of two years of work by the MADA (Municipalité amie des aînés) Steering Committee.  It is based on the criteria for age-friendliness as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The objectives and actions comprise the main part of the full Plan of Action 2020-2025 report which will be submitted to the government for MADA certification shortly.

In determining the key objectives and actions, the committee relied on residents' input from a variety of consultation methods including a survey, six focus groups and two public consultations.

This helped the committee get an understanding of the needs and expectations of our senior residents and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Town's existing services and facilities. The plan sets out objectives to address the concerns expressed, with the goal of making Montreal West a more age-friendly community. Council and the Town management have reviewed the document and provided their input and approval.

Prior to finalizing the plan and submitting it for graphic design, we are again asking residents to take a look at this draft version and provide any final comments by Monday, August 24. Once approved, the document will be distributed to all Montreal West households.

Draft Montreal West Age-Friendliness Plan of Action 2020-2025

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank residents for their interest in this project and for the valuable input they have provided throughout the entire process. 

Colleen Feeney, Councillor
Chair, MADA Steering Committee

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Skate park to open this weekend

Category : Recreation
August 7, 2020

The Town is pleased to allow access to our indoor skate park located in the Legion Memorial Rink as of August 9. In an effort to ensure everyone’s safety, registration is required for access. Parents can register for spots on Amilia. A supervisor will be on site during opening hours.

Schedule
Sunday: 2 to 5 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:  5:30 to 8 p.m.

To follow all public health guidelines please take note of the following:

  • Limited spots are available per day
  • Masks are required to and from the skate park floor for all participants aged 12 and up
  • Washing your hands upon entry and regularly is required
  • No equipment will be available for borrowing
  • Helmets are mandatory
  • Only participants will have access to the skate park floor

Reopening of the municipal pool

Category : Recreation
August 3, 2020

Update on August 5: The Montreal West municipal pool has been repaired and is now reopened! We look forward to seeing you there soon.

Unfortunately the pool will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical issue.

If you had a reservation, please let us know if you would like to receive a credit to your account (if you do not have a membership) or select a replacement date and time that you would like to come in.

Updates will be posted to our website and Facebook page.

We thank you for your understanding

Heat wave: tips for staying cool

Category : Administration
July 24, 2020

The Town wishes to remind its residents of different opportunities to cool off during this heat wave. 

Municipal pool

The pool is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The wading pool will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reserve your spot!

Splash pads

Residents of all ages are welcome to cool off in one of our splash pads. 

  • Davies Park
  • Strathearn Park

Please note that a mechanical issue has delayed the opening of the splash pad at Rugby Park.

Preventive Measures:

  • Spend at least three (3) hours in a cool or air conditioned place;
  • Drink lots of water even if not thirsty; 
  • Reduce physical efforts;
  • Stay in contact with people you know;
  • Take a shower or cool bath as often as needed or cool off with a damp cold cloth or spray;
  • Protect yourself from the sun, wear light coloured clothing and a hat (especially for babies and toddlers);
  • Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day;
  • Increase air circulation in your home by opening cross windows;

For more information on preventing the effects of heat.

Keep cool!

Westminster work on July 18

Category : Public Works
July 14, 2020

CP must proceed with complete rail replacement that will require the full closure of the Westminster crossing on Saturday, July 18 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Detour signs via Elmhurst will be in place to inform motorists of how to proceed around the work. Access to emergency services and pedestrians will be maintained during the work. Please respect all temporary traffic signs.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Pool opening on June 28

Category : COVID-19 | Recreation
June 22, 2020

We are pleased to offer access to the exterior pool this summer. However, to adhere to the restrictions and guidelines put in place by the province, there are some significant changes to the pool this summer. The pool will be reserved for Montreal West residents only and we reserve the right to ask for proof of residency and picture ID from all adults.

Fee Structure

Daily Fee
Infant (0-2)  Free
Child (2-17) 1 $
Adult (18 - 65) 3 $
Senior (65 + 1 $

Membership will not guarantee frequent, regular access to the pool and there will be no refunds.

Membership Fee
Indiviudal 55 $ (Plus tax
Family  85 $ (plus tax)
Senior 45 $ (Plus Tax)

Sanitary measures

  • Maintain a 2-meter distance from any non-family members while in or around the pool (this includes children)
  • Follow the marked path around the pool at all times
  • Shower with soap before entering the pool
  • Changing room are closed, arrive dressed in your bathing suit
  • Limited access to bathrooms
  • Wash your hands at the entrance of the facility
  • Answer COVID-19 related questions before admission
  • No programs at the moment
  • Limited access to equipment, please bring your own swimming aids if needed
  • Reduced pool capacity

Reserve your spot

Due to the restricted capacity we must adhere to at the pool, reservations of pool space must be done ahead of time to allow for access. Starting June 26, reservations can be made online via the Amilia platform or by calling the pool directly at 514-489-6472 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To ensure that reservations are fairly distributed, only 1 reservation per day is allowed per family member with a maximum of 3 per week and reservations can be made up to a week in advance. Pool access is limited to Montreal West residents only.

Reservations will be made in one hour blocks. Each block will allow for 45 minutes of swimming and 15 minutes for the pool staff to exit and enter new patrons and sanitize all the necessary equipment and surfaces.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations or missed reservations. Credits will be issued if the pool is forced to close due to inclement weather, malfunctions or other situations out of our control, bit only for the pay as you go fee structure. 

Pool schedule

The pool will be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The wading pool will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. Lap Swim
8:00 a.m. Lap Swim
9:00 a.m. Senior Swim
10:00 a.m. Family Swim
11:15 a.m. Family Swim
12:15 p.m. Lap Swim
1:15 p.m. Family Swim
2:15 p.m. Family Swim
3:15 p.m. Family Swim
4:30 p.m. Family Swim
5:30 p.m. Senior Swim
6:30 p.m. Family Swim
7:30 p.m. Family Swim
8:30 p.m. Lap Swim

For Family and Senior Swim, the pool will be divided into 6 zones, some in the deep end. The perimeter of each zone must be respected at all times. A designated deck area will be assigned and must be respected.

Maximum pool capacity

  • Lap swim: 8 -12 swimmers
  • Family/Senior swim: 24-30 swimmers
  • Wading pool: 2 families

These numbers are approximative as capacity will change based on the amount of people from the same families that reserve pool space at the same time and can change in accordance with government directives. 

Activity descriptions

Lap swim: Pool reserved for lap swim. Autonomous swimmers only. 6 lanes with individual swimmers or multiple swimmers from the same family. The deep end may be used for flotation and relaxation.

Senior swim: Swimming reserved for adults of 65 years and over. The deep end may be used for flotation and relaxation. Pool divided into 6 zones with 4-6 people per zone depending on reservations.

Public swim: Swimming for all ages. No swimming lane available. Diving boards available. Pool divided into 6 zones with 4-6 people per zone depending on reservations.

Wading pool: Reserved for families with children 6 and under. Two families can reserve a 1 hour block at the same time.

 

Canada Day 2020 celebrations

Category : Recreation
June 19, 2020

This year, the Town of Montreal West will be bringing Canada Day to you! With current public health measures forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people, all in-person events have been cancelled. However, we have planned alternative activities for which you won’t need to leave your house. This will be an event to remember as we celebrate Canada Day while ensuring physical distancing!

July 1 Schedule

12 -1 p.m.
Pop-Up Entertainment around Town

Pop-up musical performances will be scattered throughout the Town.

1-5 p.m.
Curbside Canada Day Greetings…coming to a street near you.

Get out your red and white attire, hang your Canadian flag and celebrate from home, Curbside Greetings will come your way.

5:00 p.m.
Quarantine Boogie Time

Show us your moves: send in a video and show it off outside at 5 pm.

5:30 p.m.         
Backyard BBQ

Enjoy a Canada Day BBQ in your own backyard. No lineups this year!

6:45 p.m.
Mayor’s Address on Facebook Live

Listen to the Mayor’s address on the Montreal West Facebook page.

7:00 p.m
Singing of O Canada 

Let’s all head outside and sing O Canada together.

Contests and prizes

Up to 1500 $ in prizes! huge thank you to our local Montreal West Merchant Association.

Contests

  • Quarantine Boogie: get together with family and friends and show us your moves, send in a video and show it off outside at 5 p.m.
  • Chalk drawing: share your colourful images, all ages!
  • Canada Day photos: choose your favorite moments and share them with us!
  • House decorating contest: decorate your home, get in to the spirit and show us your creativity. For more information
  • MoWest Scavenger Hunt : Print out your own copy, collect your family members and head out to discover your Town! Prizes will be given out for the first forms returned with correct answers. Download the Scavenger Hunt

To enter, complete the form below and make sure to include pictures of these events. You can submit your photos for multiple categories in one entry. Have fun!

Late entries will not be accepted. Entries for the house decorating contest close on June 30 at 10 p.m. as the winner will be announced on July 1. Entries for all other categories must be submitted by July 1 at 10 p.m.  

THE FORM IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS, WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

Virtual activities for the entire family.

You’d like to participate in Canada Day and celebrate the festivities from your home? Download the Celebration Kit, where you will find interactive, creative, educational activities for the entire family. Have fun exploring each activity kit and share your experience by using #OhCanada.

Watch together

The fête nationale du Québec : a virtual edition

Category : Recreation
June 19, 2020

Grand spectacle du Québec

Under the theme « Tout le Québec à l’unisson », the Grand spectacle de la Fête nationale du Québec will be televised this year.

Don’t miss it on Tuesday, June 23rd at 8:00 p.m.: https://www.fetenationale.quebec/fr/a-propos/grand-spectacle-2020

Local activities

Due to the pandemic, there will be no gathering to celebrate Quebec’s national holiday this year. We have planned alternative activities for which you will not need to leave your home.

Contests and prizes

Enter one of the following contests for a chance to win a prize!     

  1. Share a video of your talent as a spoon player.
  2. Compose a poem on the theme of solidarity in our community and province during this pandemic.
  3. Share your make-up skills in the colours of Quebec – blue and white.

How do I enter the contest?

Please fill out the form below to enter the contest. Entries must be received by June 24 at 4:00 p.m. The contest is open to Montreal West residents only. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted by email. All photos submitted as part of the contest may be used on the Town of Montreal West website and Facebook page as well as in its promotional material.

Other Activities

See you at 7pm on your balcony!

Let’s pay tribute to essential workers on the frontlines and behind the scenes during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the province. This includes hospital and pharmacy staff, first responders (police, fire, and paramedics), grocery and hardware employees, restaurant staff, delivery and truck drivers, transit and taxi operators, cleaners, support workers serving the homeless and others in need, as well as civil servants at all levels of government.

During this difficult time, lets come together as a community and show our support by making some noise:  play an instrument, ring a bell, blow a whistle, bang on pots and pans or clap your hands!

To participate, just step outside on your front step, driveway, balcony, or lean out a window. Make some noise for essential workers on Wednesday, June 24th from 7:00 pm to 7:05 pm.

Contest form

THE FORM IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

Additional extension for payment of municipal taxes

Category : Council
June 16, 2020

"As Mayor and President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM), I am pleased to announce that a second collaboration between the ASM and the City of Montreal allows us to confirm the postpone the payment of the second installment of taxes again. They will now be due on August 24, 2020. We would have liked to be able to offer you this option sooner, but due to the very specific economic context, colossal efforts had to be undertaken to find a viable solution and it was only yesterday - mid-day that the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal confirmed the postponement. We hope that this economic measure will allow you to better get through this unprecedented period. "

- Beny Masella, Mayor

 

Consult the Property taxes webpage for more information.

La fête nationale du Québec and Canada Day celebrations

Category : Recreation | Special events
June 14, 2020

The Town of Montreal West will be bringing its residents together in a unique and interactive way to celebrate la fête nationale du Québec (June 24) and Canada Day (July 1) while ensuring physical distancing!
 
With current public health measures forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people, all in-person events have been cancelled.
 
However, we have planned alternative activities for which you won’t need to leave your house. Get your family together and take part in an equally exciting event this year with contests, scavenger hunts, singing, and much more. Let’s make this one to remember!
 
Stay tuned, a detailed program for both these days will be posted to our website shortly.

Dog park to reopen on June 15

Category : COVID-19
June 12, 2020

Notice to dog owners, the dog park will reopen on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 7 a.m.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of the dog park, providing dogs with the perfect place to get moving and to spend their energy. However as with all openings at the moment, it is important to respect hygiene and distancing measures to ensure the health and safety of all."

- Beny Masella, Mayor

Due to COVID-19, new guidelines have been put in place to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  • Follow the recommended health measures
  • Maintain the physical distance of 2 meters with others
  • Avoid all gatherings inside the dog park.
  • Bring your own disinfectant gel and water bottle.
  • Only one owner per dog is allowed in the park at a time
  • Only dog owners with a key to the park are allowed access

Additional signage will be posted in and around the dog park as a reminder. The Town will increase surveillance of the dog park to ensure compliance with these measures.

We also took advantage of the closure to carry out much needed work in the dog park, notably the installation of boards around the bottom of the fence to prevent sand from spilling out of the park, seeding, a general clean up and the addition of river rock to protect the trees. Please note that newly seeded areas remain fenced in to protect new growth.

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Update: Day camp programs cancelled

Category : Recreation
June 10, 2020

The Town of Montreal West has made the difficult decision to cancel its popular day camp and Summer Adventures programs this summer. This decision was not made lightly as over 400 children and dedicated employees look forward to these programs every summer.

Our Recreation team worked incredibly hard developing various scenarios to determine if it was possible to run the camp while respecting public health directives. Ultimately, however, the required physical distancing measures, limited public space, and staffing challenges made it impossible to offer a safe camp experience to the children and camp staff. 

We are aware that this news will likely come as a disappointment to parents and children alike, and appreciate your understanding. The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff and all MoWest residents. Those who have already registered for camp will receive a full refund by cheque in the next few weeks.

In lieu of our traditional programming, we are working on some unique and creative ideas to keep residents active and engaged this summer. All these activities will be designed in accordance with public health guidelines. Stay tuned for more information! 

Details concerning cancellation of day camps

You may have heard that the Quebec government has increased the allowable councillor/camper ratios to make it more financially feasible to operate day camps this summer. However, this announcement has not changed Montreal West’s decision to cancel its own programming. This is because, unlike private camps, ours is not profit driven. Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy and fun summer experience for local children, and offer some respite to their parents. So while loosening these ratios can help private camps economically, it does nothing to assuage our concerns about running a day camp during this pandemic. In fact, increasing the ratios (i.e. allowing more campers per councillor) would likely make it less safe for the campers, their families, our staff, and the wider community.

Despite our attempts to develop programming , so many of the government’s day camp directives run counter to providing a healthy and enjoyable experience that we could not see a way to offer any safe and sensible activities. For instance, campers would have to remain 2 metres apart at all times (negating nearly all traditional camp games). Our available indoor locations are not air-conditioned, yet on rainy days, campers would be required to remain at the same location for the entire day, regardless of the heat. All areas used by the camp (many of our parks and playgrounds) would have to be fenced off and made inaccessible to the general public. Most alarming, treatment of any injury would be delayed by the wait time for a properly protected individual to assist.

We know the decision to cancel the camp will be hard on young families. But, as we would be bound by such extreme directives, the programming we could offer would bear little resemblance to a “camp”, and possibly cause harm to the larger community.

In lieu of the camp experience, the recreation department is currently developing a number of tailor-made summer activities to keep kids engaged and healthy. We will also be opening the pool on June 28, which will provide welcome heat relief and summer fun.

Elizabeth Ulin
Councillor for Recreation, Culture and Communications

Notice of lane closure on Avon Road

Category : Public Works
June 8, 2020

One lane of Avon Road, between Westminster and Connaught, will be closed due to work being done by Solroc. The work will take place on June 8 and June 9. Detour signs will be in place to inform pedestrians and motorists of how to proceed around the work. Please respect all temporary traffic signs.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Heat warning and opening of Davies Park splash pad

Category : Recreation
May 28, 2020

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, the Direction de Santé publique de Montréal has given municipalities the green light to open their water park installations.
 
“We are pleased to announce that the splash pad at Davies Park is now open to give everyone the opportunity to cool off.  We encourage all our residents to enjoy a respite from the heat but wish to remind you that this must be done while respecting distancing measures.”

- Beny Masella, Mayor

The splash pad is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In order to respect physical distancing, specific measures indicated on posters by the splash pad will be put in place. If not respected, the Town will be forced to close the splash pad.

Splash pads at Strathearn and Rubgy Parks have not yet been opened. More details to follow.

We’d also like to remind you of the following general measures to prevent the effects of heat:

  • Spend at least three (3) hours in a cool or air conditioned place;
  • Drink lots of water even if not thirsty; 
  • Reduce physical efforts;
  • Stay in contact with people you know;
  • Take a shower or cool bath as often as needed or cool off with a damp cold cloth or spray;
  • Protect yourself from the sun, wear light coloured clothing and a hat (especially for babies and toddlers);
  • Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day;
  • Increase air circulation in your home by opening cross windows;

For more information : Santé Québec

Summer 2020 day camp update

Category : Recreation
May 21, 2020

The Town of Montreal West is currently analyzing the public health and safety guidelines issued by the provincial government on running day camps for the 2020 summer seasons. With the safety of families and staff as our first priority, a thorough analysis of these guidelines is necessary to evaluate the feasibility of running a safe day camp for all this summer. We will keep you informed of the latest developments as soon as possible.

2019 Financial statement review

Category : Council
May 20, 2020

The Financial Statements for 2019 were presented at the Council Meeting of April 27. The external auditor gave an unqualified opinion, meaning that the statements accurately reflect the financial situation of the Town with no exceptions or concerns. The results showed an operating surplus of $462,813 which is 2.9% of our total budget.

Revenues were $738K over budget, and accounted for the vast majority of the surplus. This included:

  • additional revenue of $237K from Recreation for day camp, pool and other programmes
  • an additional $226K in duties on transfers due to the increase in the sales of homes
  • an additional $89K in interest due mainly to a new agreement with the bank
  • government grants $85K over budget due to the successful recycling program and the obtaining of several new grants
  • permit fees $69K higher than estimated due to building and snow-clearing permits and dog licences
  • an additional $35K in Town Hall revenues resulting mainly from film rentals.

On the Expense side, total operating expenses were $275K over budget. Savings were realized in the following areas:

  • $371K in administrative expenses due mainly to the cancellation of a provision for grievances
  • $138K in remuneration as a result of employees' absences due to various leaves
  • $89K in interest expense due to more favourable interest rates and a decrease in borrowing
  • $84K in public hygiene due to a decrease in the purchase of water and costs related to water breaks
  • $24K in Building Inspection due to the savings on consultant fees

These savings were offset by additional expenses incurred in the following areas:

  • an additional $663K in Capital expenses as part of the Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing (see details below)
  • an additional $182K in snow clearing costs due to the high volume of snow
  • an extra $74K in Recreation expenses related to additional expenses due to higher registrations and the revision and resubmission of the arena grant to enhance sustainability elements
  • $54K more for capital reimbursement due mainly to advance reimbursement of the working fund

In 2019, the Town continued with its Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing of capital projects from the operating fund. Council prefers to do this, when possible, rather than incurring more debt to pay for these projects. This totalled $663K and included:

  • partial financing of infrastructure project on Wolseley $380K
  • purchase of sidewalk tractor $86K
  • LED street light replacements $62K
  • arena renovations $58K
  • Westminster beautification project $56K
  • pool sandblasting $15K
  • air conditioning for server room $6.5K

In addition to this, and continuing with our infrastructure renewal program, a major capital investment of $2.64M was spent on road and water infrastructure work on Wolseley and Crestwood.

Thanks to our PAYG program, use of prior surplus accounts and government grants, the Town had an increase of $3.3M in capital assets in 2019, while our net debt decreased $291K. At year end, our net debt stood at $13.3M, with an unappropriated operating surplus of $2.2M. The auditor pointed out that over the past five years, the Town has been able to make capital investments of $12.3M, while actually decreasing its net debt.

All the above strategies regarding capital investments, infrastructure renewal and debt management are in accordance with the Town's Strategic Financial Plan which helps guide Town Council and the administration in setting financial priorities and managing risk. Council wishes to express its appreciation to our Treasurer, Valentina Todoran as well as our DG and all our Directors for their careful management of the Town's budgets and finances.

Full details of the financial results can be found on the website under Financial Reports.            

Colleen Feeney, Councillor
Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Urban Planning

The annual tree giveaway is back!

Category : Environment
May 15, 2020

Our seventh annual tree giveaway is now open! Montreal West residents may purchase a tree for a $10 administrative fee. A limited quantity of trees will be made available to residents on a first come, first serve basis. Trees will be delivered to the residents at the end of May/early June (date to be determined) and must be planted by the residents themselves. Please note, however, that these trees cannot be planted on land that belongs to the Town, that is, in the area between the property line and the sidewalk.

Fill out the reservation form below if you are interested in purchasing a $10 tree. We will be accepting orders from May 15 to May 22 at 4:30 p.m. or until quantities have run out. Maximum of one tree request per household. We will start confirming orders by email as of Tuesday, May 19.

For all questions please contact Alyssa Wilbur at awilbur@montreal-west.ca.

Choose from one of these tree species

1.Tamarack (Larix laricina)

2. Bur oak (Quercus Macrocarpa)

3. Bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

4. Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) - SOLD OUT

5. American elm ‘Princeton’ (Ulmus Americana ‘Princeton’)

Reinstatement of parking restrictions as of Tuesday, May 19

Category : COVID-19 | Public Security
May 15, 2020

Regular parking restrictions will be reinstated throughout the Town of Montreal West on Tuesday, May 19. This includes overnight parking as well as the 4 hour limit for parking on our streets, unless signs indicate otherwise.

It is also important to respect the parking restrictions on certain streets allowing for the free passage of the street sweeper.

Parking restrictions and parking permits in Montreal West

Public Security will be handing out courtesy notices until May 31 at 11:59 pm.

Support our local merchants

Category : COVID-19
April 27, 2020

Thanks to a growing collaboration between the Town and the Montreal West Merchants Association, we have now created a web page dedicated to promoting local businesses that have continued their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly. If you are the owner of a Montreal West business and would like to be added to the list, please fill out this form.
 
Despite social distancing, we remain a tight knit community in Montreal West. Let's support our local merchants!
 
Special thanks to Action Sport Physio for its leadership and involvement in this partnership.

Municipal offices closed for Easter Holiday

Category : Administration
April 8, 2020

Our administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 for Easter holiday. Our employees will be back to work on Tuesday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

This weekend marks important religious celebrations and we know that many of our residents usually celebrate these with their families and friends. Unfortunately, current measures in place forbid indoor and outdoor gatherings. We understand this may be difficult but we urge you to celebrate differently this year - connect with your loved ones by telephone or organize a virtual get together.

A message of hope

Category : Council | COVID-19
April 6, 2020

As stated in recent days by the provincial government, the number of confirmed cases continues to increase. The shut down of non-essential services has been extended to early May. The local, provincial, national and global economies seem to be grinding to a halt. There seems to be widespread gloom.

This is a time when we must stick together and focus on the positives that are present around us.

In my own home, we’re all working hard to ensure we live together in a confined space, safely and peacefully.

In our town, when I walk around, I see neighbors talking across driveways or from curb to stoop. I see some signs of normalcy with families biking together or walking the dog. 

I feel the strengthened sense of community. I know we’ve all heightened our awareness and willingness to help our neighbours more intently affected by this. Our provincial and national leaders are disseminating the information and implementing the measures we hope will get us through this as quickly as possible. 

So we can’t let up. We must continue to follow the guidelines that will help stop the propagation of this virus. Keep washing our hands, keep rigidly following the 2-meter social distancing mandate, keep respecting a 14 day quarantine if we’ve returned from abroad. If we experience symptoms that may be associated with this virus, get in touch with the health authorities for further instructions.

But let’s keep finding and appreciating the positives. Let’s stay home and appreciate the time with our families. Let’s continue supporting our local businesses that are supporting us. Let’s continue to appreciate the frontline healthcare workers from our community doing what they can to help us stay healthy and contain this menace. Let’s remember all the workers still driving, delivering, cleaning and maintaining the essential services we still need. Let’s be thankful our community has not yet been hit as hard as others and let’s hope it never will. And let’s take pride in our Town. We are all stepping up our game to ensure our community comes through this together.

Although the daily updates provided by the government continue to worsen, they will eventually get better. While some of us are approaching a very important religious period, we can emphasize faith. Let us have hope for better days to come. I have faith that our community will emerge stronger. Be safe and stay safe. 

Beny MasellaBeny Masella
Mayor

 

 

 

Council meeting question period

Category : COVID-19
March 27, 2020

Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the directive adopted by the provincial government on March 13, the next council meeting scheduled on Monday, March 30 will be held behind closed doors.

In order to facilitate citizen participation, citizens are invited to submit their questions for the question period through an online form. The form will be available from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th.

Submitted questions will be read by the Mayor during the first question period. An allotted period of 45 minutes will be set aside for answering questions from the public, after which Council will no longer answer questions.

  1. Citizens must identify themselves by providing their full name (first and last name) and address. If they fail to identify themselves properly, the question will not be submitted to the council.
  2. The question cannot use violent, offensive, or disrespectful language against the council or any person.
  3. A maximum of three questions per person will be accepted.

COVID-19: Message from the Mayor

Category : COVID-19
March 25, 2020

The Town continues to provide essential services while maintaining our commitment to provide the best possible service to our residents. We thank you for your understanding as we work through this together.

I am appealing to you now, as your Mayor and as a pharmacist still working daily on the front lines, to follow all the directives from public health officials. We’ve all heard these instructions repeatedly:

  • stay home
  • only go out for essential services (food, medication, medical appointments)
  • wash your hands often (use hand sanitizer when you can’t access soap and water)
  • maintain social distancing - at least 2 metres between you any anyone else you come across
  • if you have just returned from outside the country or if you are feeling sick, self-isolate for 14 days
  • if you experience any possible symptoms, call 1-877-644-4545 for advice

In terms of social distancing: if you go out for a walk in your neighbourhood, please remember to maintain a 2-metre distance with others. A walk on our streets will help pass the time but we must not walk cheek to jowl. It’s not the time for group sports in the streets, nor the time for gatherings in your homes. Social distancing is the best practice to avoid propagating the spread of the virus.

It is also the time to step up and be good neighbours. Call your neighbours, check how they are doing, see if you can pick something up for them at the grocery store if you’re going for yourself. People can feel isolated in their homes – a phone call can be so helpful.

The Town of Montreal West has put an economic measure in place to help citizens face the economic challenges related to COVID-19. We will be deferring payment of the second instalment of municipal taxes to June 22.

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure that our residents and staff stay as safe as possible during this pandemic. But everyone has a role to play. Sometimes that role is as easy as staying home. We will come through this together.

Beny Masella,
Mayor

COVID-19: Playgrounds are closed

Category : COVID-19
March 23, 2020

Within the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and following the decision of the provincial government to prohibit all indoor and outdoor gatherings, the Town of Montreal West announces that all playgrounds in Montreal West are closed to the public, effective immediately and until further notice.

The Town continues to assess the situation as it evolves and follows all recommendations issued by the Direction régionale de santé publique.

The Town council would like to remind you that infection prevention is everyone's responsibility. Citizens are asked to follow all public health recommendations issued by the Direction régionale de santé publique.

Town Hall closed to the public

Category : Administration
March 20, 2020

The Town of Montreal West wishes to inform its residents that the Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventive measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our employees are still available to answer questions and requests from citizens and many services can be offered by phone or through the Town's website.

You can send us your questions at all times using the Contact Us form on the website.

General information: 514-481-8125

Adaptation to the process concerning the request for participating in a referendum

Category : Other
March 20, 2020

Taking into account the present situation related to COVID-19, the Town of Montreal West has decided to adapt the process concerning the request for participating in a referendum pertaining to the second draft of “By-Law consolidating the Zoning By-Law of the Town of Montreal West and modifying various other provisions”. Therefore, the process exposed in the public notice published in the Suburban, on March 18, 2020, and available online on the Town of Montreal West website, will be adapted in order to allow that the consultation of the documents and the requests for participating in a referendum be online.

For more information

Council meeting to be held behind closed doors

Category : Council
March 18, 2020

Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the directive adopted by the provincial government on March 13, the next council meeting scheduled on Monday, March 30 will be held behind closed doors. This exceptional measure will serve to minimize the risk to elected officials and to residents and will help prevent the spread of the virus. The council meeting will be recorded and we will post the audio recording to the website the next day. As per usual, the minutes will be posted on the website.  

Citizens will have the opportunity to submit their questions to Council through an online form that will be available on our website on March 30. Additional details on this process will be shared in the days before the meeting.

Temporary suspension of parking restrictions

Category : Public Security
March 18, 2020

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Town of Montreal West and its Public Safety Department have decided to temporarily suspend parking restrictions such as overnight parking and the four (4) hour limit for parking on Montreal West streets until further notice.

Our Public Security Officers will continue to enforce infractions deemed illegal or dangerous such as vehicles that don’t respect signage, emergency lanes, handicapped parking zones, no parking zones, hydrants, etc.

Please respect any temporary no parking signs (orange no parking signs) at all times should they appear in the event of a snow storm or for any urgent road work.

Adult Library closed until further notice

Category : Other
March 17, 2020

The Town of Montreal West was informed that due to COVID-19, the Adult Library Board has decided to follow suit and close the library until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact the organization directly.

Important notice: coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Updated information is available at https://montreal-west.ca/en/resident-services/coronavirus/.

The Town of Montreal West is following the City of Montreal’s lead and has closed its sports facilities as a preventive measure following the latest updates surrounding the coronavirus.  The Legion Memorial Rink and the Davies Park chalet will be closed to the public as of Friday, March 13, until further notice. As well, all sports and recreational activities (including rental activities) held at the following buildings are cancelled:

  • Community Centre,
  • Town Hall,
  • Legion Memorial Rink,
  • Curling Club, and
  • Davies Park Chalet.

The Town Hall and the Community Centre will remain open to the public. However, the Town recommends that non-essential travel to public places be avoided. At all times, residents may contact the Town by telephone or through the Contact Us form on our website.

This is an evolving situation that the Town of Montreal West is monitoring closely. Further communications will be shared on our website and by e-bulletin.

"In order to ensure the safety of our citizens and employees, the Town of Montreal West has chosen to err on the side of caution and to follow the preventive measures taken by the Centre de coordination des mesures d’urgence de l’agglomération de Montréal. We thank you for your understanding."

- Beny Masella, Mayor

We’d like to remind you of the following personal protective measures to help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others.

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette and cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

For more information concerning the coronavirus :

Santé Quebec

Santé Montréal

New grant application for a recreation and sports center

Category : Administration
February 27, 2020

The Town is proud to announce the filing of a grant request for the reconstruction of its recreation and sports center. This has been a priority for the Town for several years and in recent months, the Town has been busy preparing a grant application to the Programme d'aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS - EBI) offered by the provincial and federal governments. Our need for recreation and sports infrastructure is very much present and is felt by all. A new multifunctional center meets the evolving needs of citizens and promotes an active and involved community. If carried out, this project will be an investment to centralize the sports and recreational programs and facilities in a strategic location. This major project will be carried out in cooperation with local stakeholders.

 Brief description of the project

The proposed project consists of the reconstruction of the recreation and sports center, including the demolition of the existing infrastructure, i.e. the arena, the pool and the chalet. The new center would include a standard size indoor skating rink, activity rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a café-restaurant, a pro shop, off-street parking and landscaped green spaces. Adapted for all, it will appeal to the young and the not so young. The new infrastructure will be safer and more accessible. In addition, the project will be carried out in a spirit of sustainable development by favouring ecoresponsible measures to limit energy and potable water consumption while considering user comfort and budget constraints.

 Support from local organizations

The tight-knit local population brings spirit and energy to the activities. Several community organizations that serve the population have expressed their support to this project.

 Next steps

The Town hopes to receive a positive response from the government in the coming months. In addition, a fundraising campaign will be launched to help finance the project. Keeping the interests of its residents at the heart of its projects, the Town will work diligently to limit the financial impact on its citizens while also providing a facility that will meet the needs of all residents now and in the future.

Public consultation meeting on the first draft by-law amending the Zoning by-law and the draft by-law amending the Urban Plan

Category : Administration
February 27, 2020

At a sitting held on February 24, 2020, the Municipal Council adopted the first draft By-Law entitled: “By-Law consolidating the Zoning By-Law of the Town of Montreal West and modifying various other of its provisions” and the Urban Plan draft by-law.

A public consultation meeting will be held on March 12, 2020 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall (50 Westminster Avenue South). During this meeting the Mayor, or a member of the Council designated by him, will explain the draft by-laws and the consequences of their adoption and will hear the persons and bodies wishing to be heard.

View this legend to better understand how the amendments are identified in the draft by-law.

7:00 p.m. Urban Plan

The purpose of the draft By-Law is to replace the current F.A.R. of 1.5-3.0 (4 storeys maximum) with a F.A.R. of 0.6-3.0 (4 storeys maximum), thereby allowing lower-density projects. The sector comprised of the aforementioned lots is located South of 155 Brock Avenue South and East of the intersection of Brock Avenue South with Courtney Avenue.

7:15 p.m. Zoning By-law

The purposes of the draft By-Law are the following:
a) to consolidate the provisions of By-Law No. 2010-002 and of its amendments since 2010, following section 365.1 of the Cities and Towns Act;

b) to modify other provisions which are not consolidated, following section 123 of the Act respecting Land Use Planning and Development.

The said draft By-Law contains provisions, among those mentioned at paragraph 3 (b), making it a by-law subject to approval by way of referendum.

 

Nextdoor invitations

Category : Public Security
February 26, 2020

The Town has been made aware that a letter from a company called Nextdoor has been mailed to residents inviting them to join their social media platform. It is very difficult to determine whether this invitation is a scam or not. This letter was not sanctioned by the Town and as always, we invite residents to be vigilant at all times.

Repair of sewer pipes in Toe Blake Park

Category : Other
February 24, 2020

UPDATE: The City of Montreal has extended their building permit to March 6. They expect to have the large equipment out by Friday, February 28 (weather permitting). The street will then be reopened to traffic. Although the main work has been completed, specific interventions will be carried out during the first week of March (pipe cleaning, installation of a flow regulator, leak test, etc.). Any obstructions caused by these operations will be very localized, and will occur mainly in Toe Blake Park. Sodding of the park will take place in the spring.

The City of Montreal is carrying out winter work on the storm and sanitary sewer systems in Toe Blake Park to significantly reduce the contamination of the stream running through the Meadowbrook Golf Course. Work is scheduled to begin during the week of January 27, 2020, weather permitting, and will take place over the course of three weeks.

The south end of Toe Blake Park will be closed for the duration of the work. Promenade Sheraton will be closed to traffic between Toe Blake Park and Bandstead, but will remain open to local traffic only. Drivers should take Chemin Banstead to bypass the work area. The southbound lane on Promenade Sheraton will be closed, but the garage entrances will be accessible.

Residents in the area have received a notice from the City of Montreal. For further information, consult the Info-travaux website or contact the City of Montreal at 514-872-3777.

Tree felling on Côte-Saint-Luc Road

Category : Other
February 18, 2020

The Town of Montreal West would like to inform you that the City of Côte-Saint-Luc and Hydro-Québec will be felling dead and dying trees on Côte Saint-Luc Road, west of Sheraton Drive (on Côte-Saint-Luc’s territory).

The ash and buckthorn trees in this area must be removed for safety reasons. New trees will be planted as part of Hydro-Québec’s ongoing initiative to replace ash trees.

Work is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25, weather permitting, and may cause noise in the immediate area.

Planned service interruption

Hydro-Québec has announced a planned service interruption on Monday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, in the following areas:

  • Sheraton Drive
  • Crestwood Avenue
  • Banstead Road
  • Rugby Place (n° 41 and 45)

This power service interruption is necessary for the tree felling work Hydro-Québec will be undertaking on Côte-Saint-Luc Rd. Residents in the affected area will also receive a phone notice from Hydro-Québec at least 24 hours before the planned interruption. Water will not be cut during this time.

Hydro-Québec suggests that all appliances and electronic devices be unplugged during a power outage to avoid short circuits or other damage when service is restored.

For more information, consult Hydro-Québec's website or contact them at 1-800-790-2424 and mention notice #MTL-88165.

 

Summer 2020 programs brochure available online

Category : Recreation
February 17, 2020

The new Summer programs brochure is now available online. Paper copies will be delivered with The Informer in February.

Online and in person registration to summer activities for residents begins on Monday, February 17. Registration for CSL and Hampstead residents starts on February 18 and registration for non-residents starts on February 19.

Summer programs

The Town of Montreal West prepares for the winter storm

Category : Public Security | Public Works
February 6, 2020

Following today's winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada for the Montreal area, the Town of Montreal West would like to remind its residents of the main to follow to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones. The Town would also like to point out that its emergency measures plan provides for a series of interventions in the event that the storm increases in strength or lasts several days. Municipal services are ready to respond if the situation requires it.

It is recommended that you avoid unnecessary travel and stay indoors as much as possible. As you may need to get by without power or tap water, it’s important for you to be prepared at all times and be prepared to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours. Visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for more information.

Snow removal reminders

Following a heavy snowfall, Town crews work around-the-clock to clear the snow from the roads and sidewalks. The Town installs signs prohibiting the parking of any vehicle on specific streets until snow operations have ended. Please respect all signage to avoid infractions. 

Sidewalk snow plows need the entire width of the sidewalk in order to safely clean it. When snow is expected, please park your car at least 6 inches (15 cm) from the curb. This allows for safe passage of the sidewalk plows. 

For more information

Montreal West receives a $12,000 grant for seniors

Category : Council
February 3, 2020

The provincial Government has announced a $12,000 investment in Montreal West to encourage senior participation in their community’s development and to adapt their living environment to better suit their needs. This is part of the financial aid program for the Municipalité amie des ainés (MADA) initiative. This grant is part of an overall $17M investment for the Québec ami des aînés (QADA) and MADA programs throughout the province.

In Montreal West, seniors comprise 16.9% of the population. Given this growing demographic, we need to be proactive in adapting our policies, services, housing and infrastructure to the needs of the aging population. A MADA recognition opens up the door to other grants established specifically to help communities become more senior-friendly.

The Town of Montreal West began the MADA process in October 2018 with the creation of a MADA Steering Committee. This committee has been working diligently over the past 18 months as it has distributed and analyzed the results of a survey answered by the Town’s seniors and held two public consultations and several focus groups, among other things. The committee is actively working on the development of an action plan that will set concrete objectives and actions to help the Town become more senior-friendly. The action plan is the final step in obtaining the official accreditation as an Age-Friendly Town.

“ The MADA Steering Committee is most grateful for this government grant. We have been working diligently for the past two years to complete our Age-Friendly Plan of Action. Among other things, the funding will help with the elaboration and printing of our plan and its distribution to all Montreal West households.”

- Colleen Feeney
Chair, MADA Steering Committee
Councillor, Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Urban Planning

Follow the MADA accreditation process on our website at https://montreal-west.ca/seniors.

View the announcement by the provincial government (in French only): Ministre responsable des aînés et des proches aidants

Photo

Front row: Rosalind Knitter, Colleen Feeney, Marian Scully, Zelda Freitas
Back row: Ron Smith, Tracie Swim, Joanne MacPhail, Joan Foster
Missing: Fred Braman, Paula Cordeau, Karin Derouaux, Stephanie Dupont, Shannon Hebblethwaite, Meghan Joy, Sheri McLeod

A new web space dedicated to seniors

Category : Administration
January 21, 2020

The Town is proud to launch a new section on its website entirely dedicated to Seniors. The idea for a senior-specific section of the website was brought up by the MADA steering committee following the results of the Montreal West age-friendliness survey, the focus groups and public consultations held as part of the MADA (municipalité amie des ainés) process. It was made clear that senior citizens wanted to have more information available on the website and that this information be centralized and easy to find. 

The content and structure of this new section is the fruit of a collaborative effort between residents, the MADA Steering Committee and the Town’s Communications department. The Town held a co-design workshop with a group of senior residents to better understand the type of content they’d like to find on the website as well as how they’d like it to be organized.

This new section contains information pertaining to the MADA (municipalité amie des aînés) process as well as on the following topics:

  • Health services
  • Fraud and safety
  • Recreation and activities
  • Government services
  • Transportation
  • Volunteering
  • Housing
  • Legal information
  • Community resources and services

As with any living document, the website will be updated regularly to showcase new services and events.

This project was held as part of MTElle’s experimental projects, led by Concertation Montreal, the Coalition montréalaise des tables de quartier and Relais-femmes. MTElles is a 3 year project which aims to foster women’s civic participation in municipal development initiatives throughout the island of Montreal. 

Request for certificate of authorization for the demolition of 74 Easton Ave withdrawn

Category : Council
January 6, 2020

The demolition permit request for the property at 74 Easton Ave. has been withdrawn.

However, the meeting of the demolition committee on January 14th will take place as scheduled. The meeting will focus on issues brought up in the December 16th public consultation regarding the demolition permit bylaw. All are welcome to attend.

Municipal offices closed from December 24 to January 2

Category : Administration
December 18, 2019

Our administrative offices will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24th to Thursday, January 2 inclusively. We will return to our regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Friday, January 3.

It is strongly advised that you purchase your 2020 dog and parking licenses before December 23.

It will be possible to reach Public Security at all times by calling 514 630-1234 and emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) by dialing 9-1-1.

Holiday overnight parking tolerance

The Town of Montreal West will allow overnight parking on the streets for guests of residents from  Sunday evening December 22nd until the morning of Monday, January 6th, 2020.

During the holidays, all vehicles must respect all posted parking regulation signs including any temporary no parking signs for snow removal should they be posted in the event of a snow storm.

Waste collection

The schedule for recycling, organic and garbage collections remains the same. Organic waste and recycling will be picked up on Tuesdays starting at 7:00 a.m. and garbage will be collected on Fridays starting at 7:00 a.m.

Christmas tree collection

Did you know the Town recycles Christmas trees? Simply place your Christmas tree in front of your house throughout the month of January and Public Works will pass by to collect it within the week. Remember to remove all decorations, tinsel and garlands before putting it out on the curb. The trees will be recycled into wood chips that will be used in our parks.

Legion Memorial Rink holiday schedule

Head out to the arena during the holidays to enjoy free skate and pick up hockey with friends and family.

Check out the holiday schedule.

Adoption of 2020 budget

Category : Council
December 12, 2019

The Council of the Town of Montreal West will adopt the municipal budget for the fiscal year 2020 and the three-year program of capital expenditures for 2020-2021-2022 at a special meeting that will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at 50 Westminster Avenue South.

All Montreal West residents are invited to attend.

Request for a certificate of authorization for the demolition of 74 Easton Avenue

Category : Administration
December 9, 2019

The Town of Montreal West received a request for a Certificate of authorization for demolition of the property located at 74 Easton Avenue (lot number 1 290 736).

With a goal of ensuring effective communication and considering the large-scale of this urban planning project, Council wishes to share this request with a larger audience. This supplements the public notice published in The Suburban newspaper on Wednesday, November 27.

The submitted request calls for the following at 74 Easton Avenue:

1. Demolition of the main building and detached garage;
2. Removal of the in-ground pool;
3. Subdivision of 3 lots;
4. Ultimately, the construction of three single-family buildings (one on each new lot).

The Demolition Committee of the Town of Montreal West will hold a meeting to consider this request in view of rendering a decision. Any interested person may be heard by the Demolition Committee at the meeting.

Where: 50 Westminster Avenue South
When: December 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Every person wishing to oppose the granting of a Certificate of authorization for said demolition must make their objections known by December 9, 2019 - IN WRITING - to the undersigned Town Clerk, at the following address: 50, Westminster Avenue S., Montreal West, Quebec, H4X 1Y7.

 

Most of Montreal West's public water service lines are lead-free

Category : Administration
December 9, 2019

In October 2019, the Quebec government announced that it will adopt the new Health Canada guidelines on lead levels in drinking water. This lowers the maximum acceptable concentration of lead in drinking water from 0.010 mg/liter to 0.005 mg/liter. These new norms mean that certain homes and buildings in Montreal West may now exceed the allowed concentration of lead in drinking water.

The drinking water produced by the Montreal water treatment plant is of very good quality. However, the dissolution of lead pipes and lead plumbing can make it possible for lead to be present in the water. Until the 1970s, the municipal water service lines were built with lead pipes. Since 1990, and in accordance with the Quebec Plumbing Code, the Town actively replaces lead water service lines on the public side during its rehabilitation projects. To date, approximately 70% of the water service lines on the public side are lead-free. The Town will continue replacing lead pipes in all its future infrastructure work until all lead pipes have been replaced.

The Town of Montreal West has mandated the City of Montreal to perform annual inspections of 10 to 20 homes. The Town provides the inspectors with specific addresses to test and mostly select homes in areas that present a higher risk of finding lead in drinking water. Residents whose homes have been inspected are always informed before the inspection and are provided with the results following the test.

For more information, check out the frequently asked questions page.

Try a fitness class for free!

Category : Recreation
December 3, 2019

The Recreation Department will be showcasing some of their fitness classes on Sunday, December 8 at the Town Hall and Davies Chalet. If you want to see what a class is all about, this is the day you can do it. Every class lasts an hour. 

The schedule is as follows:

9:15 a.m. Essentrics (Town Hall)
Based on eccentric strengthening which stretches the muscles then strengthens them in the elongated positions creating a lean toned body.

9:30 a.m. Zumba (Town Hall)
A mix of Latin style music and choreographed routines combining aerobic dance steps and movements to sculpt the body, increase cardiovascular fitness and flexibility.

9:30 a.m. TRX (Davies Chalet)
Only 8 spaces available; must call 484-6186 to reserve

Increase total body flexibility, promote mobility and stability and develop core strength through suspension training. Small class size, limited spaces available!

10 a.m. Adult Ballet (Town Hall)
Looking to better your shape? Feeling less limber? Need a lift to your spirits? Adult ballet classes are an excellent way to stay fit, flexible, and happy. You'll learn about ballet technique, stretching, and conditioning, while having a lot of fun at the same time.

10:15 a.m. Strong by Zumba (Town Hall)
STRONG by Zumba is the first non-dance based class from the fitness brand. The newest of all Zumba classes revolves around high-intensity interval training, but still focuses on moving to the beat.

11:15 a.m. Yoga (Town Hall)
This is much more than exercise ... It's a way of life! Improve your mental and spiritual well-being, increase flexibility and increase muscle tone.

Some classes have limited space and will be on a first come first serve basis. If you would like any additional information please call the Community Centre at 514-484-6186.

Let’s get MOVING!

Electrical system upgrade in Montreal West: progress report on the activities of the working committee

Category : Other
November 25, 2019

A joint working committee was created as part of the consultation process. The committee is comprised of Hydro-Québec representatives, Montreal West representatives and members of the public. 

The committee wishes to provide an update on the discussions that began last June to improve the portion of the Hydro-Québec project that affects the territory of Montreal West. The project involves conversion of the existing 120-kV overhead transmission line to 315 kV over 18 km between LaSalle and Saint-Laurent.

The committee is seeking to maximize the project’s advantages for residents while limiting any undesirable impacts to the greatest extent possible. It will address the public’s concerns and help to improve the project. The committee was also tasked with assessing opportunities for multifunctional uses of the line right-of-way, such as landscaping and a multi-use trail. 

On October 23, Hydro-Québec organized an open house/information evening to gather residents’ initial reactions to the project. This input has provided direction for the discussions of the working committee. A second information meeting will be held in spring 2020 to present the results from the committee. Here again, the questions and comments of Montreal West residents will allow the project to be further improved. The committee will submit its final recommendations to Hydro-Québec and to the Town of Montreal West by spring 2020 at the latest. 

Joint working committee: Hydro-Québec, Montreal West and members of the public

Meeting dates

  • June 20, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • 2020 dates to be announced

Discussion topics

  • Location of towers
  • Type of towers
  • Human health and electric and magnetic fields
  • Private and public use of the right-of-way
  • Safety of the site
  • Value of properties neighbouring the right-of-way
  • Other

For more information

Website: www.hydroquebec.com/aqueduc-saraguay/en

Hydro-Québec Info-Project line:  514 385-8888, ext. 3462

CP Holiday Train is coming to Montreal West!

Category : Recreation
November 20, 2019

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in Montreal West Tuesday, November 26th! Get into the holiday spirit with some live music, brightly-decorated rail cars and fun. The goal of the CP Holiday Train is to collect food and raise money and awareness for local food banks across Canada. Don’t forget to bring your cash and/or non-perishable food donations to support Meals on Wheels and The Depot Community Centre.

A family-friendly event
Activities along Broughton Road between Westminster and Connaught start at 5:45 p.m. The Scouts and the Girl Guides will be selling hot chocolate and Meals on Wheels will be manning the BBQ.

Road closures
The following road closures are necessary to safely accommodate the Holiday Train and its spectators for the duration of the event on November 26th. 

  • The level crossing at the intersection of Westminster and Sherbrooke will be completely closed to traffic for a period of 60 minutes between 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. A detour will be possible at all times via the Elmhurst level crossing.
  • Broughton between Westminster and Connaught will be completely closed between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Both Ballantyne and Brock south between Avon and Broughton will be placed in local circulation only mode (they will be 2 way streets) between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Public security officers will be restricting access to residents only between 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

The above street closures are absolutely necessary in order to ensure the safety of the spectators.

The police will be stationed at the intersection of Avon and Westminster in order to conduct traffic throughout the closing of the Westminster level crossing from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. For safety reasons, the police officers will not allow any vehicles to access Westminster northbound, with the exception of emergency vehicles. As a result, residents will not have inbound access to Easton or Ainslie for 60 minutes during the event. However, residents will be able to exit via Ainslie and access Avon at all times during the event. 

Please plan any trips according to the information provided above. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Let’s talk green: a successful participatory workshop!

Category : Environment
November 19, 2019

Over twenty participants came together on Sunday, November 3rd to share their thoughts and opinions on different initiatives related to the environment. Despite the grey weather and drizzle outside, we had an energetic and eager group at Town Hall that had lots to say!

We kicked off the workshop with a quick interactive presentation to ease into the topic of the environment. Participants responded to multiple choice questions using clickers and their answers were displayed on the screen in real-time. Participants were asked to rank 10 initiatives by order of importance and the results of this exercise were used in the final activity.

We then moved on to round table discussions on the topics of biodiversity and waste management. Participants first discussed the idea of having dedicated spaces in Town being used for permaculture and community gardens, their possible location and management. Each table had a printed map at their disposal they could use to identify the areas of Town they thought would be ideal for these projects. They then discussed waste management and ways for individuals to move towards a zero waste lifestyle as well as how the Town could help them achieve this.

In the final activity, we asked participants to work as a group to come up with one actionable recommendation related to the topic their table was assigned. We chose the 4 highest ranked initiatives based on the results from the individual ranking exercise done at the beginning of the workshop. The top priorities were (in no specific order):

  • Planting public trees on the municipal right-of-way
  • Weight based pricing for garbage (smart garbage)
  • Selective waste collection and drop-off centres
  • Ban on single-use plastic in Town restaurants and groceries

Overall it was a rich and successful event, and one we hope to repeat in the future. We took copious notes during the workshop which will be handed over to the Environmental Committee for review.

The children who took part in the free drop-in daycare enjoyed environment-themed activities and arts and crafts. They painted rocks, planted seeds, read about bees and had their faces painted.

We’d like to thank Kathryn Travers, Laura Cliché, Nicolas Montpetit and Linda Mohammedi from Concertation Montreal for helping us organize and host this event. The workshop was held as part of MTElles' experimental projects, led by Concertation Montréal, the Coalition montréalaise des tables de quartier and Relais-femmes


 

"It is imperative to have access to moments when we can exchange ideas with local citizens on subjects as important as the environment."

EMMA, WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT AND STUDENT

"Citizen participation is necessary in order to have the opportunity to share our ideas and take part in our city."

DAVID, WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT AND REAL ESTATE AGENT

Flu vaccination clinic on November 19

Category : Special events
November 14, 2019

The annual flu vaccination clinic will take place at Town Hall on Tuesday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment necessary. You must have your medicare card.

* Please use the side entrance door of the Town Hall. *

The influenza vaccine is free for people at high risk and people in close contact with them:

  • People aged 75 years old and over;
  • Adults 18 years and older with certain chronic diseases;
  • Children 6 months to 17 years old with certain chronic diseases;
  • Pregnant women with chronic diseases, throughout their pregnancy;
  • Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy;
  • Family members who live in the same household of a child under 6 months of age or a person at higher risk of being hospitalized and to their caregivers.

Flu vaccination is also free of charge to:

  • Healthy children from 6 to 23 months old;
  • Healthy people from 60 to 74 years old.

More information

2020 permits are now available at Town Hall

Category : Administration
November 11, 2019

The following 2020 permits are now available at Town Hall:

In order to expedite the process, you may fill out the renewal form on our website. The permits must be paid for and picked up at the Town Hall administrative office, located at 50 Westminster South. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

It is strongly advised that you purchase your permit before December 23 2019, as the administrative office will be closed during the holidays from December 24 to January 2 inclusively.

Strong winds: Town employees are on site

Category : Other
November 1, 2019

Our teams are deployed and working hard to clean up the damages caused by the strong winds. With a priority of ensuring the safety of all our residents, we are working to restore the Town back to a normal situation. Please note that there may be delays in processing requests as urgent situations will be prioritized.

The winds also affected some power lines and certain areas of the Town are still without power. Check the Hydro-Québec website for an update on the power outages.

Avoid calling 911 for non-urgent situations and only contact them for emergency situations where safety is threatened.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this situation.

Halloween update

Category : Administration
October 31, 2019

After receiving many inquiries and in order to avoid any confusion, Halloween will take place on October 31st in Montreal West. The Town supports any decision that parents may take as to whether or not their children will participate in Halloween festivities. Public Security Officers will be patrolling the streets to ensure everyone's safety.

Dress warmly and stay extra safe tonight!

Security tips for Halloween:

  • Trick or treat on one side of the street at a time to avoid crossing unnecessarily
  • Walk around in groups
  • Ensure Halloween costumes fit well
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours
  • Keep dry and warm
  • Stay outside while trick-or-treating, never enter someone's home
  • Be sure an adult checks all Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters dig in
  • Drivers: slow down and be extra vigilant on the roads

Montreal West to hold its first participatory workshop

Category : Special events
October 11, 2019

With constant warnings about climate change, global warming and the depletion of natural resources, nearly everyone is now aware that we need to make some important changes and live a more sustainable lifestyle. The Town is preparing to respond to this climate crisis by committing to a variety of future initiatives.

Participatory workshop on the theme of the environment

We believe it is important to build these actions as a community and as such we will be holding a participatory workshop on the topic of environment on Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open to all residents, this event is an opportunity for you to share your ideas and opinions on local initiatives related to biodiversity and waste management. The workshop will consist of an interactive presentation and group discussions and exercises. This activity is held as part of MTElles’ experimental projects (website is in French only), led by Concertation Montréal, the Coalition montréalaise des tables de quartier and Relais-femmes.

What: an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on proposed initiatives.
When: Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Montreal West Town Hall (50 Westminster Ave S.)
Cost: Free, spaces are limited. Registration will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

A family-friendly activity

Come with your family! A free drop-in daycare will be offered on site to allow parents to easily participate in the activity. Environmental activities, arts and crafts and games will be on the agenda.

Get involved

Every 4 years, in early November, residents are called to the polls to exercise their voting rights and vote for municipal council. With this in mind, the Town aims to provide residents with an annual opportunity to get involved every November, and thus to instill a regular sense of citizen participation.


Complete a survey on your household practices

We’ve also developed a short survey to find out more about your sustainable household practices. The survey is available to all and only takes about 2 minutes to complete. Your answers could help the Town prioritize its future actions in terms of environment and sustainable development.

Municipal offices closed October 14

Category : Administration
October 11, 2019

Our administrative offices will be closed Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving Day. We will return to our regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, October 15.

exo work: construction of a temporary platform

Category : Other
October 11, 2019

As part of measures undertaken to improve Montréal-Ouest station safety, exo will build a temporary platform north of the station, as well as new pedestrian access points.

This addition will help reduce foot traffic on the central platform and alleviate pressure on the Elmhurst crossing for customers going to or from the station’s north side.

Temporary obstructions are to be expected at the Elmhurst crossing.

Work Description

Construction of a temporary wooden platform 150 metres in length.

Schedule

From Monday, October 14 to Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m

Hours may vary depending on site requirements. In exceptional situations, work may extend beyond scheduled hours should circumstances require it.

Possible Inconveniences

Despite all efforts to minimize this work’s impact on residents’ quality of life, certain inconveniences are to be expected such as heavy equipment noise, dust, vibrations, etc.

exo thanks you for your understanding and patience during this work in the collective interest.

Questions or comments? Contact 514-287-TRAM (8726) or 1-888-702-TRAM (8726).

Invitation to an open house: Hydro-Québec's Green Corridor Project

Category : Environment
October 10, 2019

Upgrade of power transmission system between LaSalle and Saint-Laurent and creation of green corridor

  • Rebuilding an overhead transmission line over a distance of 18 km.
  • Conversion to 315 kV of three 120-kV transformer substations: Rockfield (Lachine),
    Hampstead (Côte-Saint-Luc) and Laurent (Saint-Laurent).

The project consists in replacing aging equipment to maintain the reliability of electricity supply, meet future electricity needs and support greater Montréal’s economic development.

For this project, Hydro-Québec, the city of Montreal, the Town of Montreal West and the other municipal partners have committed to work together to promote greening and active transportation initiatives along the existing line right-of-way. The creation of a green corridor could include a bike path, a walking path, recreational amenities and landscaping to improve quality of life for residents.

Hydro-Québec invites the public to meet with its representatives and learn about the project at an open house meeting to be held on:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 3 to 8 p.m.
at the Montreal West Town Hall (Music Room)
50 Westminster South, Montreal West

Hydro-Québec representatives will inform residents about the proposed project, answer any questions residents may have and gather their comments.

For more information :
Info-project line: 514 385-8888, extension 3462
Website: www.hydroquebec.com/aqueduc-saraguay/en/

 

 

Overnight parking tolerance: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Thanksgiving

Category : Public Security
September 26, 2019

The Town of Montreal West will allow overnight parking on the street for guests for the following periods:

  • Sunday evening September 29th, 2019 until Wednesday morning October 2nd, 2019 inclusively.
  • Tuesday evening October 8th, 2019 until Tuesday morning October 15th, 2019 inclusively.

An overnight parking tolerance allows residents and their guests to park their vehicles on the street overnight without having to request a temporary overnight parking permit.

Note: Vehicles must respect daytime parking restrictions and are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else where parking is prohibited. 

Hydro-Québec and its municipal partners working together to create a green corridor

Category : Environment
September 17, 2019

Hydro-Québec, the Ville de Montréal, the boroughs concerned, as well as the cities of Montreal West, Côte Saint-Luc and Mount Royal will work together to support greenery and active transportation initiatives in the transmission line right-of-way between the Aqueduc substation and Saraguay substation. This collaboration is part of a plan to upgrade the transmission system between LaSalle and Saint-Laurent. A green corridor may include a bike bath, pedestrian link, landscaping and recreational facilities. The project provides for

  • rebuilding the 120-kV Aqueduc-Saraguay overhead transmission line at 315 kV
  • over a span of 18 km between LaSalle and Saint-Laurent ;
  • converting three 120-kV substations to 315 kV—Rockfield substation (in Lachine), Hampstead substation (in Côte Saint-Luc) and Laurent substation (in Saint-Laurent).

In the coming weeks, Hydro-Québec will determine the details of the collaboration with each of its municipal partners. The public will be invited to take part in various information and consultation sessions over the next few months. Cooperation among the partners will promote biodiversity, connectivity and sustainable mobility, and improve community life for residents.

The Aqueduc-Saraguay project is estimated at over $500 million. The project involves replacing aging equipment, maintaining the system’s reliability, meeting future electricity needs and supporting Montréal’s economic development.

The project is in its initial stages, and the current plan is to build the transmission line in the existing right-of-way. However, the line route may be optimized at a later stage of the project to mitigate its impacts according to technical, economic, environmental and social criteria. The line and three substations will be commissioned progressively from 2023 to 2026.

Project Web site: www.hydroquebec.com/aqueduc-saraguay/en

Source: HydroQuébec press release

Open House

Residents will have the opportunity to meet with the Hydro team to learn more about the project and to ask their questions. Details will be confirmed shortly.

Contact us

Please fill out the following contact form with your questions and/or comments about the Aqueduc-Saraguay project and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Image source: Corridor of biodiversity project, Borough of Saint-Laurent

Warning siren testing in our area on September 12 2019

Category : Public Security
September 9, 2019

On Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Parmalat Canada Inc. and the City of Montreal will be conducting an emergency warning siren test. The siren test will last approximately 3 minutes and will likely be heard throughout the Montreal West territory. 

Why such a test in Montreal West?

Parmalat Canada Inc. located at 7470, rue Saint-Jacques West, in Montreal, uses ammonia as a refrigerant to conserve products at their proper temperatures.

In the event of an industrial accident involving the release in the air of ammonia, the warning siren of Parmalat Canada Inc. will allow the population situated in the perimeter of the impacted area to be notified as quickly as possible.

The siren testing is therefore a technical test to verify the proper functioning of the equipment, as well as the state of readiness of all the interveners in case of an emergency.

What should you do when you hear the siren?

  • Immediately enter the nearest building.
  • Close the doors and windows and turn off the ventilation system.
  • Leave your children in school, so neither you nor your children are exposed.
  • Avoid using the phone to keep lines open for emergency personnel.

Area where the siren will be heard

For further information, please call 311 or visit: ville.montreal.qc.ca/csc

Montreal West to hold first Fall Fest Street Fair

Category : Recreation
September 5, 2019

The Town of Montreal West and its merchants are organizing a street fair to be held September 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Westminster between Curzon and Milner. There will be a number of activities for the entire family as well as demonstrations and information tables by over forty merchants and cultural groups.

Music, games, raffles and a scavenger hunt will be an integral part of the event.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know your local merchants and community organizations.

The event is held by the Town of Montreal West and the Montreal West Merchant Association, a local non-profit group promoting business and cultural activities.

Facebook event: Fall Fest Street Fair

Municipal offices closed September 2

Category : Administration
August 29, 2019

Our administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labour Day. We will return to our regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, September 3.

Public consultations on becoming an age-friendly Town

Category : Other
August 22, 2019

The Town held two public consultations on becoming a MADA certified (age-friendly) community during the week of June 10th. The results of the age-friendly survey distributed in the fall of 2018 were presented by Dr. Christina Wolfson of McGill University and Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite and Nora Lamontagne of Concordia University. The survey had been distributed to Montreal West seniors in the fall of 2018 as part of the Municipalité Amie des Aînés (MADA) certification process. The presentation of results was followed up with lively and interesting conversations during the round table discussions. Overall, it was an enriching experience for the 80+ residents in attendance.

Key findings from the survey

425 respondents aged 60 and over completed the questionnaire which was based on the eight principal factors in a municipality's age-friendliness, as determined by the World Health Organization.

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings: The majority (70%) of the respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with these aspects. Some exceptions included sidewalk snow removal, night lighting, the condition of sidewalks and traffic.

Transportation: 93% of respondents reported being able to walk unassisted, and 87% reported using a personal vehicle among other modes of transportation.

Housing: 90% of respondents own their own home; 76% live in a single family home; 16% live in a duplex. 60% reported no immediate plans to move.

Social Participation: Our seniors are a very active group, with 82% participating in social activities with family and friends. 25% would like to see more education workshops, walking and fitness classes in the community.

Respect and Social Inclusion: While 50% of respondents reported that they "never" felt socially isolated; 28% reported "sometimes"; and 18% reported "usually" feeling socially isolated. Several suggestions for increasing the sense of inclusion were cited, including incorporating more intergenerational activities.

Civic participation and employment: Respondents were very civic-minded, with 97% reporting that they voted in an election; and 63% reported attending a public meeting in the past few years. Almost half (49%) volunteer at least 1-3 hours per week, with 5.5% volunteering 10 hours or more per week.

Communication and Information: 89% of respondents reported finding out about events and services primarily via The Informer. This was followed by word of mouth (54%), Town e-bulletin (42%) and the Town website (40%).

Community Support and Health Services: 96% reported being in good to excellent health. While respondents sometimes required help with various chores such as home repairs and  income tax preparation, 67% reported being able to get this help easily.

Check out the survey report for more detailed results.

The 2019-2020 recreation program is now available!

Category : Recreation
August 20, 2019

Online or in person registration for fall, winter and spring activities for residents begins on Monday, August 26. Registration for CSL and Hampstead residents starts on August 27 and registration for non-residents starts on August 28.

The new 2019-2020 Recreation & Municipal Services brochure is now available online. Paper copies will be delivered with The Informer this weekend.

Register online (as of August 26).

Heat wave: preventive tips

Category : Environment
July 19, 2019

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, we have extended certain pool hours and made changes to the schedule in order to give everyone the opportunity to cool off.

The pool will remain open until 10:00 pm tonight and tomorrow for public swim. The hours will be as follow (weather permitting):

July 19th

  • 1 - 10  pm free swim 
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. lap swim (lanes available on request)
  • Wading Pool: 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

July 20th

  • 11:30 - 10 p.m. free swim (11:30 - 1 p.m. and 5:30 - 7 p.m. shared with lap swim)
  • 5:30 - 7 p.m. lap swim (shared with free swim)
  • Wading Pool:10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Preventive Measures:

  • Spend at least three (3) hours in a cool or air conditioned place;
  • Drink lots of water even if not thirsty; 
  • Reduce physical efforts;
  • Stay in contact with people you know;
  • Take a shower or cool bath as often as needed or cool off with a damp cold cloth or spray;
  • Protect yourself from the sun, wear light coloured clothing and a hat (especially for babies and toddlers);
  • Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day;
  • Increase air circulation in your home by opening cross windows;

For more information on preventing the effects of heat.

Keep cool!

Follow up: preventive boil water advisory in the Wolseley N construction sector

Category : Public Works
July 16, 2019

During major road work, temporary water lines may be installed for the duration of the work. As a precautionary measure, a boil water advisory may be issued during this time. Residents affected by this advisory will always be notified without delay. It is then important to follow the necessary boil water precautions until you receive a letter informing you that the advisory has been lifted.

A preventive boil water advisory was in effect last week for the Wolseley North construction sector. This preventive advisory was communicated to all affected residents. The advisory was lifted and the residents concerned were all informed. No other areas of the Town were affected by the preventive boil water advisory.

Feel free to contact the Public Works Department if you have any questions about this.

Westminster Avenue lights up!

Category : Administration
June 27, 2019

Have you had a chance to see the new light garlands on Westminster Avenue N.? Put up over a week ago, these lights are sure to brighten up your summer evenings.

A council priority, the Westminster Avenue beautification project will see many other initiatives in 2019. These will include the replacement and addition of street furniture as well as greening with the addition of planters. Take advantage of the long summer days to come by and check these out.

We would like to thank the owners of the buildings for their collaboration in carrying out the light garland project. We would also like to thank the Montreal West Merchant Association for their ideas and involvement in the project.

Montreal West celebrates Canada Day

Category : Special events
June 27, 2019

Come on out on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day and enjoy our activities and entertainment.

Canada Day Parade

The popular Canada Day parade is back this year! Westminster will be partially closed to traffic for the duration of the parade. Check out the parade route and plan your trips accordingly.

  • Pre-parade contests at 3:00 p.m. at Davies Park
    Come dressed in your best and bring your decked out bikes, strollers, wheelchairs and dressed-up pets! There will be lots of prizes from local merchants to be won.
  • Parade starts at 3:30 p.m.
    Includes Montreal Pipes & Drums, Highland Dancers & much more! Parade will go north up Westminster, turn around at Edinburgh School and end at Strathearn Park for the Canada Day BBQ!

We'd like to thank the wonderful volunteers from the Parade Committee for organizing this event.

 

Strathearn Park activities

Activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Strathearn Park. Music by the Fundamentals and dance performances by AKO & Children of Chemistry and the West-Can Folk Performing Company will keep you entertained all afternoon. Enjoy kid-friendly activities such as inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting, water slides, a petting zoo and pony rides! The splash pad will be open to keep kids cooled off. BBQ food and beer will be available to purchase during the event.

Please note that some of these activities are paid activities.

 

Fireworks

The day ends with a beautiful fireworks show at Hodgson Field at 10 p.m. Bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on.  

To ensure a safe environment for all, glass bottles are forbidden in the parks. 

In case of rain, festivities (except for the parade which will be canceled) will take place on Monday, July 2nd

Municipal buildings closed for Canada Day

Category : Administration
June 26, 2019

Municipal offices (Town Hall, Community Center & Public Works) will be closed on Monday, July 1 for Canada Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 2.

Day camp : no camp on July 1
Pool : closes at 3:00 p.m.

Fête Nationale: activities and shows for the whole family

Category : Recreation | Special events
June 21, 2019

Celebrate Quebec's National Holiday with us! Children will enjoy the  inflatable games, face painting, arts & crafts, quizzes, and skateboard ramps. The whole family will be entertained by the music and circus performances. Festivities will take place at Davies Park on June 23 from noon to 4 p. m. Food and beer will be sold on site.

Show schedule
Noon: music by The Swindlers
1:00 p.m. circus show by Mr. Verdin
2:30 p.m. music by the Buffalo Hat Singers & Dancers

Municipal buildings closed for the Fête Nationale

Category : Administration
June 21, 2019

Municipal offices (Town Hall, Community Center & Public Works) will be closed on Monday June 24th for the Fête nationale.

There is no day camp on June 24th. Day camp starts on Tuesday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

The pool will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Pool season begins Saturday, June 1, 2019

Category : Recreation
May 31, 2019

The Town of Montreal West’s heated municipal pool will open on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Come out for free swim times and lap swimming.

A membership is required to take part in our aquatic programs. It is possible to pay at the gate for free swim and lap swimming.

The pool schedule for the summer is now available!

Montreal West to welcome the Tour de l’Île on June 2nd!

Category : Special events
May 17, 2019

The Tour de l'Île will be passing through Montreal West and we will be there to cheer cyclists on! Participants will be going west along Broughton down Ballantyne S. to Avon towards Ville St-Pierre. The first cyclists should be coming through around 9:15 a.m. and the last ones will make their way around 12:15 p.m.

Activities

We’ve organized special activities for the kids on Broughton between Ballantyne S. and Westminster. We will have face painting, an inflatable game, arts and crafts and a bike workshop where kids can learn about basic bike maintenance. There will be a bike obstacle course for children to try out. Drop by from 10-11:30 a.m. and help cheer on the cyclists as they pass through our Town.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed on June 2nd starting at 9:00 a.m. and are expected to reopen around 12:15 p.m.

  • Broughton Rd (between Elmhurst Ave and Westminster S. Ave)
  • Ballantyne S. Ave (between Broughton Rd and Avon Rd)
  • Avon Rd (from Ballantyne S. Ave to St-Pierre Ave)

Plan your outings!

We suggest that residents avoid taking their cars during this time as traffic will be difficult. Those who must get around by car should check a map of all road closures on the Island of Montreal to best plan their itinerary.

Parking restrictions

It is important to respect the no parking signs that will be installed for the event. Parking will be forbidden on these streets as of 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. All cars parked in a no parking zone during the night of Saturday to Sunday will be towed. Parking will be permitted when the streets reopen.

Residents with valid parking permits can park on neighbouring streets while the parking restrictions are in effect. Free parking will be permitted in the municipal parking lots at Town Hall and the Public Library.

For more information about the event and to register, visit the Tour de l’Île website.

 Streets highlighted in yellow will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Free compost available to residents

Category : Environment
May 16, 2019

Residents are invited to pick up free compost at Hodgson Field (by the basketball court). You’ll need to bring your own bucket/containers and shovel. Please avoid driving on the field. Available while quantities last.

Sign up for your $10 tree

Category : Environment
May 1, 2019

Updated on May 16th: the trees are sold out! An email confirming the selected tree species as well as payment details will be sent to all residents who have reserved a tree.


Our sixth annual tree giveaway will begin May 6, 2019. A total of 45 trees will be made available to Montreal West residents on a first come first serve basis. Fill out the order form below if you are interested in buying a $10 tree. We will be accepting orders from May 6th at 8:30 a.m. to May 17th at 4:30 p.m. or until quantities have run out. Orders received before the start time will not be considered. Maximum of one tree request per household. Trees will be delivered to the residents at the end of May/early June (date to be determined).

Trees can be purchased for a $10 administrative fee (cash or cheque made payable to the Town of Montreal West) and payment must be received at the Community Center no later than May 23. Trees must be planted by the residents themselves. Please note, however, that these trees cannot be planted on land that belongs to the Town, that is, in the area between the property line and the sidewalk.

For all questions please contact Chris Kearney at ckearney@montreal-west.ca or 514-484-1976.

Choose from one of these tree species

  1. Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) - SOLD OUT

2. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) - SOLD OUT

3. American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) - SOLD OUT

Municipal Facility Schedule

April 17, 2019

Municipal Facility Schedule for Easter

From April 19 to 22
• Town Hall: closed Friday and Monday
• Community Center: closed Friday and Monday
• Public Works: closed Friday and Monday
• Garbage collection: Friday, April 19 (as per usual)

Overnight parking tolerance

The Town of Montreal West will allow overnight parking on the street for guests starting on Thursday evening April 18th through to Sunday morning April 28th inclusively. Please note that daytime parking rules remain in effect, as do all restrictions for blocked fire hydrants and driveways.

Communications survey

Category : Administration
April 5, 2019

The Town of Montreal West is working to review and improve its current communication tools to better serve its residents. We are interested in finding out more about the effectiveness of the tools we use to communicate with you. We invite you to take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey and have a chance to win a free course offered by the Recreation department!

Complete the survey online or by hand. Hard copies of the survey will be available at Town Hall and the Community Center as of Tuesday, April 9. You have until April 26 to participate.

We want to hear what you have to say.

Contest Rules

  • One prize will be drawn among all survey respondents.
  • The prize will be drawn among participants who have provided their email address or phone number in the last question.
  • Residents may only participate once.
  • This contest is only open to Montreal West residents.
  • The course must be chosen from a list of eligible courses that will be given to the winner.
  • The certificate is valid for the winner or a member of their family.

Sale and development of real estate assets

Category : Administration
March 19, 2019

The Town invites proponents to submit proposals of high architectural quality that meet certain sustainable development objectives as part of its public call for proposals published on the provincial government’s electronic tender system, SEAO (Système électronique d’appel d’offres) on March 5th.

The Town’s objective is to sell the property in order to extend the commercial sector on the southern section of Westminster Avenue. This fits into the overall plan to beautify and revitalize the downtown area around Davies Park. The Town would like this project to act as a catalyst for future development on the east side of Westminster Avenue South. Preference may be given to projects proposing a work completion schedule that is less than the minimum required in the call for proposals.

The document can be ordered online on the SEAO website.

Public notice

Stay active during Spring Break!

Category : Recreation
March 1, 2019

Free skate and hockey pick-up games will take place daily at the Legion Memorial Rink from March 4 to 8.

Please note that helmets with full mask, neck guard, and gloves are required during the pick-up hockey games.

Schedule

Summer registration is now open!

Category : Recreation
February 25, 2019

It is now possible for you to sign up to our summer activities and take advantage of early bird pricing.

Day camp

Your kids will have a blast, and make new friends at our popular day camp! 

Session dates

  • Session 1 | June 25 – July 19
  • Session 2 | July 22 – August 16
  • Extensions | August 19 – August 30

Register online

 

Pool memberships and classes

A variety of aquatic activities are offered at the municipal pool. A pool membership is required to participate in any pool program. 

Course session dates

  • Session 1 | June 24 – July 12
  • Session 2 | July 15 – August 2
  • Session 3 | August 5 – August 23

Register online

 

Community Center activities

Youth programs include weekly themes, visits from special guests, waterpark access, library & community visits, giant water slides, and more! 

Register online

New year, new website!

Category : Administration
January 15, 2019
After months of hard work, we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. The updated site includes a host of new changes that provide our residents with a clean and intuitive browsing experience. Hours of brainstorming with our employees and Council, combined with focus groups with our residents led to an updated site map that’s seen our content broken down into four main sections: Our Town, Resident Services, Finance & Administration, and Recreation.

We’d like to thank our dedicated staff, Council, residents and local web agency Pénéga for their collaboration on this project.

Overview of the main changes

 

Homepage

A new uncluttered design built around intuitive drop down menus improves site navigation and easy access to clear and updated information. A useful links section provides quick access to the Town’s most visited pages and a prominent search bar on the homepage allows our residents to easily find the information they are looking for.

Visuals

Fostering Montreal West’s well-known community spirit, large images of the Town and its residents are featured across the website - on the homepage and at the top of individual pages. These images will be changed on a regular basis to showcase the Town throughout the different seasons.

New features

In addition to updating the content of our website, the overhaul also saw the integration of new features such as:
  • an interactive map of the Town
  • online forms that can be filled out at any time of the day
  • an events calendar that clearly informs you of the events taking place in the Town
  • a fully responsive and browser compatible website

Resident communication

Our popular e-bulletin has also received a much needed facelift. Residents are encouraged to sign up to it as well as to our social media accounts to keep in touch with all important town updates.



Our menu structure, before and after.

New electric vehicle charging station in Montreal West!

Category : Environment
November 30, 2018
The Town of Montreal West is proud to announce the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station located in the municipal parking lot on Westminster Avenue. The Town has taken a step to join a collective global effort to make vehicles greener and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Residents will have access to a double pedestal charging station that can charge 2 vehicles at the same time, at a maximum of 240-volts each. The hourly rate for charging a vehicle is $1 (tax included), billed by the minute, and is based on the length of time the vehicle is connected to the charging station, not on the charging time. For example, there will be a $2 fee if a vehicle is connected to a station for one hour and fifteen minutes, even if the vehicle was completely charged after one hour. Please note that normal parking restrictions apply.

The Town of Montreal West is doing their part to help fight climate change by aligning themselves with Quebec's 2030 Energy policy that aims to promote a sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy. With the deployment of public fast-charging electric stations, the Town is recognizing the importance of an integrated approach to smart city management and providing their residents with the tools they need to reduce their transportation emissions.

Find out more

STM bus network redesign public consultation

Category : Other
October 30, 2018

An ever-changing network

By 2026, several major public transportation projects (REM, Pie-IX BRT, extension of the Blue line, addition of 300 hybrid buses to our fleet) will be completed. The rollout of these projects will influence the development of our bus network and the way our customers use it.

It is an opportunity for us to rethink and adapt the bus network’s development and architecture in light of the survey’s findings.

Answer the survey

The federal Cannabis Act

Category : Administration
October 17, 2018
The federal Cannabis Act comes into effect on October 17, and whoever is concerned has to know one’s rights and obligations with respect to what it changes. On the other hand, in Montreal West, the Town Council has adopted a by-law in order to further limit the public consumption of tobacco and cannabis as well as vaping. Its provisions are largely based on those restrictions that are set forth in the applicable legislation of the province. This municipal regulation will also come into force on October 17.

Provincial Elections

Category : Administration
October 1, 2018
Please note that municipal offices (Town Hall, Community Center & Public Works) will close at 4 p.m. on Monday October 1st due to the Provincial Elections. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Fall registration begins on August 20

Category : Recreation
August 18, 2018
Registration for activities begins August 20 for residents, August 21 for Hampstead & CSL residents, and August 22 for non-residents. Register online. Early Bird Special:
  • Fall: until August 27
  • Winter: until November 23
  • Spring: Until March 1

Municipal facility opening hours for Victoria Day

Category : Administration
May 18, 2018
Municipal Facility Opening Hours for Victoria Day, Monday May 21
  • Community Center: Closed May 21
  • Town Hall: Closed May 21
  • Public Works: Closed May 21
  • Skatepark: OPEN

Edgar Davies Park Project - Phase 2 - Summer 2018

Category : Public Works
May 4, 2018

As part of the Town of Montreal West’s beautification program of Edgar Davies Park, Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018. Phase 2 consists primarily of the construction of a splash pad adjacent to the new playground area and additional landscaping in the vicinity of the new splash pad (including tree planting). Work is tentatively planned for mid-May through mid-September. We are optimistic the water feature might be available this summer to use but it is possible the project will only be completed at the end of the summer. The playground area should remain accessible during the construction. More details will be made available before the start of the project.

Sign up for your $10 tree

Category : Environment
April 29, 2018
Our fifth annual tree giveaway will begin May 7, 2018. Trees will be made available to Montreal West residents on a first come first serve basis. Completed order forms may be brought in person to the Community Center (8 Westminster South) starting 8:30 AM on May 7, 2018 and continuing until May 14 at 4:30 PM or until quantities have run out. Orders received before the start time will not be considered. Maximum of one tree request per household. Residents who received a tree last year are not eligible. Trees will be delivered to the residents in end of may/early June (date to be determined).

Trees will be available for a $10 administration fee (cash, card or cheque made payable to the Town of Montreal West) and payment must be received at the Community Center no later than May 18. Trees must be planted by the residents themselves. Please note, however, that these trees cannot be planted on land that belongs to the Town, that is, in the area between the property line and the sidewalk.

Notice of railway maintenance work

Category : Administration
March 12, 2018
As part of our ongoing commitment to operating the safest railway in North America, beginning on March 12, 2018, Canadian Pacific (CP) will be performing routine track maintenance in the Montreal area on two subdivisions:
  • Westmount Subdivision, starting at mile post 0 and ending at mile post 4.0
  • Parc Subdivision, starting at mile post 16.0 and ending at mile post 22.0
Track maintenance is an integral part of CP’s safety program. Our significant investments in railway infrastructure help ensure trains operate safely through communities. This work could impact residents in the municipalities and boroughs of Montreal West, Westmount, Lachine, Montreal, Outremont, Laval, Rosemere and Sainte-Thérèse. Expected Duration: On March 12th, crews will be working on the rail within these corridors. This work must take place during the evening hours, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., in order to avoid impacts to RTM commuters during the day.Residents can expect to see or hear heavy machinery noise, banging, idling trucks waiting to proceed, dust, voices, and reversing trucks. We expect this work will be completed by March 22nd, 2018 although this is subject to change. Residents with questions or concerns about our operations can call our 24/7 toll-free Community Connect line at: 1-800-766-7912 or email community_connect@cpr.ca. To report an emergency, please contact the CP Police service at: 1-800-716-9132; 24 hours a day. Contacts: Community Connect Tel: 1-800-766-7912 / community_connect@cpr.ca CP Police 1-800-716-9132