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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
Winter break in work operations from November 15, 2019 until the spring of 2020

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
Winter break in work operations from November 15, 2019 until the spring of 2020

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.


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

    3 months ago
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    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

    4 months ago
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    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

    4 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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


  • April 25, 2019 - Phase 1 of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project progressing well

    5 months ago

    The work operations on Rue Sainte-Catherine between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury, first undertaken by the city almost two months ago, are progressing well. In spite of the challenges faced by work crews, close to 20% of the work is complete, according to the planned schedule.

    The work is being performed in integrated fashion with the project partners, the Commission des services électriques de Montréal (CSEM), Bell Canada and Énergir. It is aimed at reconstructing century-old underground infrastructures and updating electrical and telecommunications services in order to transform Rue Sainte-Catherine into a modern thoroughfare that rivals those of the...

    The work operations on Rue Sainte-Catherine between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury, first undertaken by the city almost two months ago, are progressing well. In spite of the challenges faced by work crews, close to 20% of the work is complete, according to the planned schedule.

    The work is being performed in integrated fashion with the project partners, the Commission des services électriques de Montréal (CSEM), Bell Canada and Énergir. It is aimed at reconstructing century-old underground infrastructures and updating electrical and telecommunications services in order to transform Rue Sainte-Catherine into a modern thoroughfare that rivals those of the world’s great cities in the 21st century.

    As of April 12, 2019, many of the new secondary water mains in the supply system are already in place. Work on the main water supply system will start in mid-April. Reconstruction work on public utilities (CSEM and Bell Canada) is also progressing well. Work operations aimed at improving Énergir’s gas network have are underway and will continue over the next few weeks.

    Crews are on site, seven days a week and around the clock when required, to ensure that the work operations run smoothly while minimizing the impacts across the area.


  • April 24, 2019 - Concrete measures to facilitate parking in the work zone spanned by the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project

    6 months ago

    As part of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project, the Société de Développement Commercial Destination Centre-Ville, in partnership with the city and Ville-Marie, has announced a pair of measures to facilitate access to Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest for the duration of the work operations on Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury.

    “The city is proud to support initiatives that make Montrealers’ lives easier, notably in the vicinity of work sites. Rue Sainte-Catherine is a unique and vital thoroughfare in the city, a place that plays host to events and where people like to stroll the streets, browse the boutiques and grab a...

    As part of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project, the Société de Développement Commercial Destination Centre-Ville, in partnership with the city and Ville-Marie, has announced a pair of measures to facilitate access to Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest for the duration of the work operations on Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury.

    “The city is proud to support initiatives that make Montrealers’ lives easier, notably in the vicinity of work sites. Rue Sainte-Catherine is a unique and vital thoroughfare in the city, a place that plays host to events and where people like to stroll the streets, browse the boutiques and grab a bite to eat,” said Mr. Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for economic and commercial development.


    Launch of a valet service near the work zone

    A car attendant has been available every weekend since Saturday, February 23. This valet service will be offered until the fall of 2019: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Two drop-off locations are available: Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, corner of Rue Mansfield and Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest, corner of Rue De Bleury (north)

    Preferential rate: $8 on presentation of a valet coupon stamped by a merchant in the work zone (regular rate without a stamp: $15). Unlimited duration during the work period.


    Preferential rate via the CityParking mobile application

    The CityParking lets users reserve a private parking space near the work zone, underground or outdoors, at a preferential rate.

    The user thus receives the first hour of parking free of charge, along with a second complementary hour in parking lots near the work site by entering the following promotional code in the application: DCV2019. The promotional code may not be used more than twice. The number of users may change based on the demand.

    To read the full press release, click here.

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    FACILITATE YOUR TRAVEL

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    PARKING NEAR THE WORK SITE

    Valet service
    Drop-off locations are on the corner of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and Rue Mansfield (west), and on the corner of Boulevard De Maisonneuve and Rue De Bleury (north).

    City Parking application
    Reserve a private parking space, underground or outdoors, at a preferential rate.

    Delivery zones

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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

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  • March 12, 2019 - Launch of XP_MTL: A new experience in downtown Montréal!

    5 months ago

    A new and festive experience is coming to Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest in downtown Montréal!

    XP_MTLlaunched its first program of eventsat the McCord Museum and then on Avenue McGill College.XP_MTL is for everyone: People who live, work, play or study downtown, as well as all Montrealers and tourists who visit the area. Its aim is to make downtown Montréal a playground of activities and urban games. The first program of events, whose theme is “travel,” is sure to elicit public enjoyment and participation, with a lineup of musical and dance performances, unexpected activities, tours, urban installations and much more.

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    A new and festive experience is coming to Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest in downtown Montréal!

    XP_MTLlaunched its first program of eventsat the McCord Museum and then on Avenue McGill College.XP_MTL is for everyone: People who live, work, play or study downtown, as well as all Montrealers and tourists who visit the area. Its aim is to make downtown Montréal a playground of activities and urban games. The first program of events, whose theme is “travel,” is sure to elicit public enjoyment and participation, with a lineup of musical and dance performances, unexpected activities, tours, urban installations and much more.

    Montréal is proud to partner with XP_MTL, an initiative put forward by the Groupe Sensation Mode.


  • January 22, 2019 - Montréal unveils the new design concept for Square Phillips and Place du Frère-André

    5 months ago

    Today Montréal unveiled the new design concept for Square Phillips, Place du Frère-André and the neighbouring streets. This redesign, which will be more pedestrian-friendly, includes significant greening and preservation of heritage and historical characteristics.


    To learn more about the new design concept, see the press release.

    Today Montréal unveiled the new design concept for Square Phillips, Place du Frère-André and the neighbouring streets. This redesign, which will be more pedestrian-friendly, includes significant greening and preservation of heritage and historical characteristics.


    To learn more about the new design concept, see the press release.