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The future rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest: A revitalized thoroughfare

Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, one of the world’s most dynamic commercial streets, is undergoing a major makeover aimed at offering Montrealers and visitors alike, a welcoming public space and an all-new experience in downtown Montréal!

PHASE 1*

- Redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue De Bleury and Rue Mansfield, and;

- Redevelopment of Square Philips, Place du Frère-André and the adjacent streets.


Resumption of work operations : May until the fall of 2020.
End of phase 1 work of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and on Square Philips : fall 2021.

With just a single traffic lane, bordered by broader sidewalks and re-greened with the addition of numerous trees, Montréal’s iconic commercial strip will place pedestrians at the heart of the public space. This major thoroughfare will connect the different public places around it, including the Place des Festivals, the square in front of St. James United Church, Square Phillips, and Avenue McGill College. Phase 1 of the project will also include work on Square Philips, Place du Frère-André and the adjacent streets.

As well, existing green spaces will be consolidated to increase plant cover and create cool spaces for Montrealers during the heat of summer. This major street, which can be made pedestrian-only depending on the time of year and events, will become one of Montréal's star sites!

*This Web site essentially posts information on Phase 1 of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project.


PHASE 2 – Redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Avenue Atwater
To find out more about the redevelopment during this phase, click here.

PHASE 3 – Redevelopment of Avenue McGill College
To find out more about the redevelopment during this phase, click here.





The future rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest: A revitalized thoroughfare

Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, one of the world’s most dynamic commercial streets, is undergoing a major makeover aimed at offering Montrealers and visitors alike, a welcoming public space and an all-new experience in downtown Montréal!

PHASE 1*

- Redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue De Bleury and Rue Mansfield, and;

- Redevelopment of Square Philips, Place du Frère-André and the adjacent streets.


Resumption of work operations : May until the fall of 2020.
End of phase 1 work of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and on Square Philips : fall 2021.

With just a single traffic lane, bordered by broader sidewalks and re-greened with the addition of numerous trees, Montréal’s iconic commercial strip will place pedestrians at the heart of the public space. This major thoroughfare will connect the different public places around it, including the Place des Festivals, the square in front of St. James United Church, Square Phillips, and Avenue McGill College. Phase 1 of the project will also include work on Square Philips, Place du Frère-André and the adjacent streets.

As well, existing green spaces will be consolidated to increase plant cover and create cool spaces for Montrealers during the heat of summer. This major street, which can be made pedestrian-only depending on the time of year and events, will become one of Montréal's star sites!

*This Web site essentially posts information on Phase 1 of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project.


PHASE 2 – Redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Avenue Atwater
To find out more about the redevelopment during this phase, click here.

PHASE 3 – Redevelopment of Avenue McGill College
To find out more about the redevelopment during this phase, click here.


  • Giving the Street to Pedestrians!

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    about 1 month ago

    Bustling, family-friendly pedestrians streets with sanitation corridors: Ville-Marie is reconfiguring the space the summer. New this season, Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Metcalfe and Rue Lambert-Closse, will be fully pedestrianized on weekends from June 19 to September 7. Make the most of it!

    For complete details on pedestrianizations



    Bustling, family-friendly pedestrians streets with sanitation corridors: Ville-Marie is reconfiguring the space the summer. New this season, Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Metcalfe and Rue Lambert-Closse, will be fully pedestrianized on weekends from June 19 to September 7. Make the most of it!

    For complete details on pedestrianizations



  • The Transformation of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Continues

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    about 1 month ago

    The resumption of work operations is well underway on Rue Sainte-Catherine. Underground infrastructure work has begun between Rue Mansfield and Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, while the development phase is in full swing between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury. Signage has been installed in the vicinity of work sites to ensure compliance with hygiene and physical distancing measures.


    With its broad sidewalks, abundance of trees and intelligent traffic lights, Montréal’s iconic commercial strip will soon offer the most avant-garde pedestrian experience in the city. For further information, please view the notice concerning the resumption of work operations.

    The resumption of work operations is well underway on Rue Sainte-Catherine. Underground infrastructure work has begun between Rue Mansfield and Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, while the development phase is in full swing between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury. Signage has been installed in the vicinity of work sites to ensure compliance with hygiene and physical distancing measures.


    With its broad sidewalks, abundance of trees and intelligent traffic lights, Montréal’s iconic commercial strip will soon offer the most avant-garde pedestrian experience in the city. For further information, please view the notice concerning the resumption of work operations.

  • Invitation : virtual information briefing

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    about 1 month ago

    When : Tuesday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m.

    Where: Virtual meeting on the Zoom platform


    The municipal administration invites residents to a virtual information session on the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Redevelopment Project.

    The meeting will be attended by Robert Beaudry, executive committee member responsible for real estate management and planning, and Éric Alan Caldwell, executive committee member responsible for urban planning, mobility, and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

    Agenda

    • Background on the project
    • Development
    • Work completed and future work
    • Management of impacts and traffic
    • Communications with abutting owners
    • Financial support measures in connection with work sites
    • 30-minute question period

    Click here to register

    Once you register, you will receive a link inviting you to take part in the virtual meeting.


    When : Tuesday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m.

    Where: Virtual meeting on the Zoom platform


    The municipal administration invites residents to a virtual information session on the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Redevelopment Project.

    The meeting will be attended by Robert Beaudry, executive committee member responsible for real estate management and planning, and Éric Alan Caldwell, executive committee member responsible for urban planning, mobility, and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

    Agenda

    • Background on the project
    • Development
    • Work completed and future work
    • Management of impacts and traffic
    • Communications with abutting owners
    • Financial support measures in connection with work sites
    • 30-minute question period

    Click here to register

    Once you register, you will receive a link inviting you to take part in the virtual meeting.


  • COVID 19 - Report on eligibility for the PRAM Sainte-Catherine program

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    2 months ago

    The municipal administration has decided to carry forward the eligibility period for PRAM Sainte-Catherine. This measure is aimed at allowing merchants to get back on their feet financially and giving them the option of investing in their capital assets. The new eligibility period will be determined when more conducive economic conditions are established.

    Given that the construction industry ceased its activities during the crisis, the municipal administration is also extending the completion deadline for eligible work by an additional 12 months for all applicants deemed eligible over the past two years.

    Please note that the support program aimed at facilitating...

    The municipal administration has decided to carry forward the eligibility period for PRAM Sainte-Catherine. This measure is aimed at allowing merchants to get back on their feet financially and giving them the option of investing in their capital assets. The new eligibility period will be determined when more conducive economic conditions are established.

    Given that the construction industry ceased its activities during the crisis, the municipal administration is also extending the completion deadline for eligible work by an additional 12 months for all applicants deemed eligible over the past two years.

    Please note that the support program aimed at facilitating the shift to digital operations will be implemented as of April 21. The application form and other measures implemented by the city for companies and businesses are available here.

    For further information, please read the press release.

  • Work operations between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury progressing well

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    8 months ago

    Underground rehabilitation work completed between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury

    The month of February 2019 marked the start of work operations aimed at rehabilitating a vast and complex underground infrastructure network beneath Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal’s iconic commercial thoroughfare. The modernization and reconstruction of these century-old infrastructures had become a necessity.

    The underground rehabilitation work first undertaken eight months ago on lot 1 of the project (lot 1A), between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury, has now been completed according to schedule. Municipal crews worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to modernize the sewer network, the...

    Underground rehabilitation work completed between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury

    The month of February 2019 marked the start of work operations aimed at rehabilitating a vast and complex underground infrastructure network beneath Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal’s iconic commercial thoroughfare. The modernization and reconstruction of these century-old infrastructures had become a necessity.

    The underground rehabilitation work first undertaken eight months ago on lot 1 of the project (lot 1A), between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury, has now been completed according to schedule. Municipal crews worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to modernize the sewer network, the water supply system, underground electrical and telecommunications infrastructures, and the gas network. Thanks to these work operations, residents will now benefit from more efficient municipal infrastructures with a longer service life.

    Infrastructures that have outlived their usefulness!

    Underground rehabilitation work!

    Complete reopening to traffic during the winter period

    As of Friday, November 15, the planned date of the winter break, Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will reopen to traffic between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury. Please note that the road will be paved temporarily with asphalt until the permanent paving with concrete blocks is carried out in the spring of 2020. Click here to read the notice of work operations.

    New and wider sidewalks between Rue Saint-Alexandre and Rue De Bleury

    Thanks to the work operations started last summer on the roads and sidewalks between Rue Saint-Alexandre and Rue De Bleury, pedestrians can now use the new and wider sidewalks, made of concrete paving blocks with granite curbs. In order to prevent damage to the new sidewalks during snow removal operations, the road’s temporary pavement will be level with the sidewalks for the winter period. Snow removal markers will be installed where the road meets the sidewalk, every six metres, to ensure pedestrian safety.

    The north section of Square Phillips set to reopen soon

    Crews are currently working to decontaminate the old public toilets at Square Phillips, which have been condemned since 1976. These work operations are expected to be completed by mid-December.


    Photo: Old public toilets at Square Phillips – March 30, 1936
    (Photo credit: Archives de la Ville de Montréal. VM094-y-1-17-D0065)


    The city is taking advantage of this major underground rehabilitation work to redevelop Rue Sainte-Catherine with the objective of making it an attractive commercial thoroughfare that will make strolling the streets of downtown Montréal a pleasant experience. As of 2021, Montrealers will benefit from the new infrastructures completed during Phase 1 of the project, which places pedestrians at the heart of the public space.


  • Invitation | Public consultation activities for Phase 2 (lot 1) of the project

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    8 months ago

    Public consultation on the redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Rue Bishop

    Come share your ideas!

    As part of Phase 2 of the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project, the municipal administration is launching a public consultation process on the redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Rue Bishop (lot 1).

    Come share your ideas and help redesign this section of road by completing a shortonline Survey and registering for a participatoryworkshop that will be held in two stages: an exploratory walk, and a workshop.

    These activities are open to the public. We look forward to...

    Public consultation on the redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Rue Bishop

    Come share your ideas!

    As part of Phase 2 of the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project, the municipal administration is launching a public consultation process on the redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Rue Mansfield and Rue Bishop (lot 1).

    Come share your ideas and help redesign this section of road by completing a shortonline Survey and registering for a participatoryworkshop that will be held in two stages: an exploratory walk, and a workshop.

    These activities are open to the public. We look forward to seeing you in great numbers!


  • **UPDATE** A new mitigation measure : Northbound traffic lane added on Avenue McGill College

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    9 months ago

    ** Please note that the opening of a new traffic lane on Avenue Mcgill College has been postponed to an indetermined date **
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    October 25, 2019 - People who are downtown on a regular basis will soon be able to use a new northbound traffic lane on Avenue McGill College. Located on the west side of the avenue, this additional lane, as well as allow for the harmonious co-existence with the REM work site (future McGill station) and the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project, will facilitate transit and provide improved access to underground parking on the avenue.

    This additional...

    ** Please note that the opening of a new traffic lane on Avenue Mcgill College has been postponed to an indetermined date **
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    October 25, 2019 - People who are downtown on a regular basis will soon be able to use a new northbound traffic lane on Avenue McGill College. Located on the west side of the avenue, this additional lane, as well as allow for the harmonious co-existence with the REM work site (future McGill station) and the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest redevelopment project, will facilitate transit and provide improved access to underground parking on the avenue.

    This additional northbound lane will complement the existing southbound lane. It will remain in place until the completion of the REM work, scheduled for 2022. Subsequently, Avenue McGill College will be transformed into a vast and dynamic public space. Durant these major work operations, the city will continue, as much as possible, to simplify the lives and transportation of residents, visitors and workers in the downtown area.

    Sainte-Catherine Ouest/McGill College - ''24 hours in two minutes'' (video)


  • August 5, 2019 - Launch of the “Rien n'arrête la Sainte-Catherine” (There’s no stopping la Sainte-Catherine) advertising campaign

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    9 months ago

    The Sainte-Catherine redevelopment project is in full swing. On August 5, 2019, the municipal administration launched its “Rien n’arrête la Sainte-Catherine” advertising campaign inviting the public to continue its love affair with Montréal’s iconic commercial strip in spite of the major work operations in progress. With the collaboration of numerous partners, print and digital campaign ads have been posted, both on the Web and in various public places, including the metro, bus shelters, tourist attractions and shopping centres. Since its inception, Rue Sainte-Catherine has continued to thrive, prosper and grow in spite of all the events and challenges that have...

    The Sainte-Catherine redevelopment project is in full swing. On August 5, 2019, the municipal administration launched its “Rien n’arrête la Sainte-Catherine” advertising campaign inviting the public to continue its love affair with Montréal’s iconic commercial strip in spite of the major work operations in progress. With the collaboration of numerous partners, print and digital campaign ads have been posted, both on the Web and in various public places, including the metro, bus shelters, tourist attractions and shopping centres. Since its inception, Rue Sainte-Catherine has continued to thrive, prosper and grow in spite of all the events and challenges that have presented themselves along the way. The “Rien n’arrête la Sainte-Catherine” campaign is rooted in a sense of pride and an ever-present desire for progress.

    A number of additional measures have been implemented since the work site was first launched in February 2019 to ensure that visitors can continue to make the most of this thoroughfare and to preserve its people-friendly vibe. Measures include the creation of pop-up spaces like Le Petit Montréal and Village XP_MTL. Le Petit Montréal offers a summer haven of relaxation in the heart of downtown, while Village XP_MTL is a hub for unique recreational activities presented year-round. These activities highlight the different facets that have made Rue Sainte-Catherine famous, from fashion and design to world-class restaurants and major cultural events and festivals.

    Other measures in place include colourful work site “dressings,” commercial signage, the Cath virtual guide (external links), the distribution of a flyer listing the names of accessible stores, a mobile brigade of information officers patrolling the work site, a car attendant service, and the City Parking application (external links), which allows users park free of charge for the first two hours. These wonderful initiatives, together, reflect the simple fact that everything is being done to make sure Rue Sainte-Catherine remains the ideal place to browse the boutiques, savour a refreshment, attend a show, or stroll the streets. Work site or not, nothing can stop la Sainte-Catherine from shining, enchanting and prospering!


  • July 12, 2019 - Start of road and sidewalk work on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

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    9 months ago

    The start of road and sidewalk work on Montréal’s iconic commercial strip marks an important milestone in its continuing transformation aimed at offering Montrealers and visitors alike an attractive and inviting public space.

    The underground infrastructure work, which started in February 2019, has now been completed on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Saint-Alexandre and Rue De Bleury. As of the end of July, the general contractor, Côté Jardin Inc., an urban development leader, will undertake the road and sidewalk work on this section of the street. The new road will consist of concrete paving blocks as a continuation of...

    The start of road and sidewalk work on Montréal’s iconic commercial strip marks an important milestone in its continuing transformation aimed at offering Montrealers and visitors alike an attractive and inviting public space.

    The underground infrastructure work, which started in February 2019, has now been completed on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Saint-Alexandre and Rue De Bleury. As of the end of July, the general contractor, Côté Jardin Inc., an urban development leader, will undertake the road and sidewalk work on this section of the street. The new road will consist of concrete paving blocks as a continuation of the Quartier des spectacles, and the sidewalks will be widened by 60% to reach close to six metres in width, thus leaving more space for pedestrians and for the construction of terraces and the presentation of outdoor events. The road and sidewalk work will continue in 2020 up to Boulevard Robert-Bourassa. As of 2021, Montrealers will be able to make the most of the new developments completed under Phase 1 of the project. Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will offer an all-new urban experience in downtown Montréal, with a renewed focus on greening with the addition of many trees, to go along with rest areas, distinctive street furniture, and a range of integrated intelligent urban systems.

    Underground infrastructure work (sewers, water and gas mains, public utilities) beneath Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue Place Phillips, is close to 70 per cent completed. The work operations – which consist of rebuilding century-old underground infrastructures and modernizing electrical and telecommunications services – are being carried out jointly with partners, notably the Commission des services électriques de Montréal (CSEM), Bell Canada and Énergir, as part of an integrated approach.

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    Stay informed!

    Have a question you would like to ask?
    Contact our liaison officers between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 514-867-9339 or stecatherineouest@ville.montreal.qc.ca

    Notices and alerts 24 hours a day

    To receive information concerning unforeseen situations, emergencies or major traffic obstacles in your area that could impact your daily life, click here

    Facilitate your travel

    Mobilité Montréal

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    Other work sites and work operations in the area

    Info-travaux (Ville-Marie), click here (in French only)
    REM (future McGill station), click here
    Hydro-Québec, click here


  • July 12, 2019 - The Future Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest: An “Intelligent” Street

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    9 months ago

    The new Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will soon feature a range of smart systems that will help usher Montréal into in the digital era.

    The municipal administration is taking full advantage of the work in progress to install intelligent lighting systems that make it easier to adjust the light and reduce light pollution.

    Intelligent traffic lights and vehicle and pedestrian counters, connected to the Centre de gestion de la mobilité urbaine (traffic monitoring centre), will in turn promote optimal traffic management. In particular, these systems enable immediate reaction time. If a vehicle breaks down in traffic, for example, the traffic lights...

    The new Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will soon feature a range of smart systems that will help usher Montréal into in the digital era.

    The municipal administration is taking full advantage of the work in progress to install intelligent lighting systems that make it easier to adjust the light and reduce light pollution.

    Intelligent traffic lights and vehicle and pedestrian counters, connected to the Centre de gestion de la mobilité urbaine (traffic monitoring centre), will in turn promote optimal traffic management. In particular, these systems enable immediate reaction time. If a vehicle breaks down in traffic, for example, the traffic lights can be adjusted and synchronized accordingly. On a larger scale, the data collected will also serve to inform the development of transportation policies that are better adapted to actual needs.

    Public WiFi access terminals will also be added across the area for the benefit of abutting owners and visitors. Additionally, the road repairs will provide an opportunity to deploy a fibre optic cable network connected to the Quartier des spectacles control system along the length of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest. Its role: To simplify the organization of events on the street.

    And things are just getting started: The project also calls for the integration of intelligent systems for residual materials management, snow removal, displays, pollution detection, and leaks in the water distribution system… Better still, these new infrastructures have the flexibility to accommodate systems that still exist solely in our imaginations!

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    Stay informed!

    Have a question you would like to ask?
    Contact our liaison officers between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 514-867-9339 or stecatherineouest@ville.montreal.qc.ca

    Notices and alerts 24 hours a day

    To receive information concerning unforeseen situations, emergencies or major traffic obstacles in your area that could impact your daily life, click here

    Facilitate your travel

    Mobilité Montréal

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Other work sites and work operations in the area

    Info-travaux (Ville-Marie), click here (in French only)
    REM (future McGill station), click here
    Hydro-Québec, click here