It has been heartwarming to hear stories of Montreal Westers heeding the call to help each other out during this COVID-19 crisis. Kudos to all of you!
As the situation evolves, and access to some necessities becomes more difficult and prolonged isolation more stressful, we are concerned that some of our more vulnerable residents may still be in need.
We are therefore embarking upon a new initiative to reach out to our seniors aged 70 and over who have been asked to self-isolate. Starting this week, Town employees will be phoning them to see how they are managing during this stressful time and to enquire if they need assistance.
We are also looking for volunteers who may have some time to help with the follow-up to these calls. This might take the form of assistance with placing, picking up or delivering a grocery order, or simply a friendly call during this time of isolation. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please complete the volunteer form online.
Lastly, we want to remind residents of the special webpage on the Montreal West website devoted to Senior Services. It lists numerous social and community resources which can be particularly useful at a time like this.
Thank you in advance for your support, and thanks to the MADA Sub-Committee, our Director General and members of Council who have been working with me on this project to ensure our seniors are safe, secure and cared for during these difficult times.
Being an age-friendly community is one of the things that makes Montreal West so special.
Chair, MADA Steering Committee
The narrow sidewalks on the Westminster overpass made it difficult for residents to respect social distancing when crossing the overpass. In order to remedy this situation, the Town asks that residents use the sidewalks in one direction only, in the same direction as the cars. Signs have been posted at the entrance of the overpass clearly indicating which sidewalk to use.
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.
The new COVID-19 screening clinic is located in the parking lot of the Quartier Cavendish at 5800 Cavendish Boulevard. The clinic will be open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A person must have an appointment before arriving at the test centre.
Effective Monday, March 29 and until further notice, the Town has decided to close the dog park in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting gatherings to maintain proper social distancing. Please note that dogs must be kept on leash at all times when out for a walk.
We thank you for your understanding and collaboration.
The Recreation programs that were set to begin on Monday, March 30 are being postponed indefinitely due to the social distancing measures recommended by public health authorities. More information will be shared with participants as the situation evolves.
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.
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted you to know that we are still planning a summer full of fun adventures for our Day Camp, Pool and Community Center programs. We encourage you to register to reserve your spot as places are limited!
That being said, we continue to monitor the situation daily and understand that the situation evolves rapidly. We hope that by the time our programs start this summer, this crisis will have passed and things will be back to normal. However, there is also a possibility for certain measures such as social distancing or a lockdown to still be in place. If this is the case we will be forced to cease our summer operations and will provide full refunds on all program fees paid.
To give parents some piece of mind during these difficult times, we are continuing to accept registration with three new caveats:
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.
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
Applications for urban planning permits must be completed online until further notice. The permit application process has been adjusted while the Town Hall is closed to the public.
The Town is taking the necessary measures to encourage social distancing by holding the next Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting through video conferencing. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25, as scheduled.
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.
Coffee with the Mayor scheduled for March 26 has been canceled.
Exceptionally this month, the March-April issue of The Informer will not be printed and distributed to residents in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
A digital version of the paper is available on the Town’s website. If you have non-computer literate individuals nearby, you could perhaps print a copy for them.
Take care and do everything you can to prevent COVID-19.
The waste collection schedule remains as is until further notice. Regular garbage is picked up once a week on Friday mornings starting at 7:00 a.m. Recycling and organic waste is picked up on Tuesdays starting at 7:00 a.m.
There are a couple of local Facebook groups dedicated to young Montreal West families. For Saint Patrick’s Day they organised an outdoor shamrock hunt for kids! These groups provide a great way to keep in touch virtually when we can’t touch literally. Check them out.
Councillor for Recreation, Culture and Communication
The provincial government has asked all those over age 70, and those whose medical conditions may put them at higher risk, to stay at home to lessen their chances of contracting the Covid-19 virus.
As a Town, we are concerned that some of our vulnerable residents may be in need.
We encourage everyone to reach out to their neighbours who may be in self-isolation to ensure that they are okay and don’t need anything. Offer to help if you can.
These are exceptional times. Let’s pull together and support each other as Montreal Westers are known to do.
Chair, MADA Steering Committee
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.
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 in camera. 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.
The situation with COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) has been a challenge to manage. We have had to manage the need to provide services to our residents while balancing the need to provide a safe environment for employees and residents. Given the number of actors involved, ranging from the federal government, the provincial government, the agglomeration and public health authorities and each providing information that is not always clear or complete, it’s been a stressful time for all involved. The Town is continuing to monitor this rapidly changing situation closely.
And while we strive to maintain an information stream and service to residents, we have always chosen to err on the side of abundant caution.
We urge our residents to be vigilant and to stay away from public places if they believe they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. At all times, residents may contact the Town by telephone or through the Contact Us form on our website.
We thank our residents for their understanding and cooperation and thank our directors, administration and all of our staff for their diligence in this extremely trying time.
Mayor of Montreal West
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.
The provincial government is now urging people to stop calling 811 if they have symptoms of the coronavirus. Patients are now asked to call 1-877-644-4545
(sent by e-bulletin)
Yesterday, the Town of Montreal West decided to follow the City of Montreal’s lead and closed its sports and recreation facilities as a preventive measure following the latest updates surrounding the coronavirus. The following municipal buildings are closed to the public as of Friday, March 13, 2020 and until further notice.
The service counter at Town Hall 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.
All Town activities remaining in the winter semester are cancelled and will be refunded. Refunds will be issued by cheque and mailed to the address on file. The following events are also canceled and refunds will be issued when applicable:
It is still possible to register to spring and summer activities. We ask participants to stay tuned for future communications from the Town concerning possible cancellations.
This is an evolving situation that the Town of Montreal West is monitoring closely.
“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
Further communications will be shared on our website and by e-bulletin.