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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.

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.

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.


  • Come make the most of Rue Sainte-Catherine!

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    09 Dec 2020
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    Good news for Montrealers! With the Holiday Season just around the corner, work operations scheduled for 2020 on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest has been completed. Residents are invited to rediscover their Ste-Cath and to enjoy a leisurely walk in a fairytale setting featuring colourful display windows and giant lighted installations.

    Rue Sainte-Catherine between Mansfileld and Robert Bourassa
    It’s important to reiterate that major work operations on underground infrastructures beneath Rue Sainte-Catherine between Mansfileld and Robert Bourassa were required in order to rehabilitate century-old sewer, water supply, electrical and telecommunications networks.

    Permanent redevelopment work will continue in the spring, with the work operations scheduled for completion at the end of 2021. The redevelopment will include the following elements:

    • Sidewalks widened by more than 60 per cent
    • A single traffic lane
    • Roads and sidewalks made of concrete paving blocks
    • New street furniture
    • Eco-efficient lighting
    • Traffic lights that optimize the management of pedestrian and vehicle mobility
    • WIFI network offered free of charge
    • Numerous trees

    Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Robert-Bourassa and De Bleury
    Remember that the redevelopment work has been completed on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Robert-Bourassa and De Bleury (Lot 1A).

    Square Phillips and rue Union

    For its part, work operations at Square Phillips and Union will continue throughout the winter, with the completion of work scheduled for the summer of 2022.


    Colourful display windows and installations are set up to brighten your Holiday Season!
    Take the opportunity to rediscover your Ste-Cath and encourage the city’s merchants!

  • A first section of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest now complete!

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    26 Nov 2020
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    The new Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest is beginning to take shape. The section between Rue De Bleury and Boulevard Robert-Bourassa (Lot 1A) is now open to traffic. For more than a week, Montrealers walking on Rue Sainte-Catherine have been given a first-hand glimpse at the iconic commercial strip’s new look.

    Pedestrians now have more space to move about thanks to sidewalks that are 60 per cent wider. Rue Sainte-Catherine now has only one traffic lane, and parking spaces have also been removed to make for a more pedestrian-friendly experience.

    Flanked by distinctive street furniture and featuring more abundant vegetation and a range of integrated intelligent systems, the new Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest offers an all-new experience in the heart of downtown.

    Due to the pandemic, procurement schedules for tree grates and gutters have been subject to delays. In the meantime, temporary wooden protections have been added. The gradual installation of grates, as the city receives them, will have a negligible impact on car traffic and will mark the end of the work operations.

    On the eve of Black Friday, the opportunity to make the most of the new developments and encourage merchants has never been greater!

    Work operations are progressing well

    The reconstruction of underground infrastructures (Lot 1B) is progressing on schedule.

    Work operations have been completed between McGill College and Robert-Bourassa, and that section has now reopened to traffic. Concerning the section between Metcalfe and McGill College, the demobilization of the work site and opening to car traffic are still scheduled for December 10, 2020.

    Work on the sidewalks and road surfacing on Rue Sainte-Catherine between Mansfield and McGill College (Lot B) will begin next spring.

  • Take advantage of free parking downtown to do your Christmas shopping!

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    26 Nov 2020
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    With the holiday season fast approaching, the city is taking every possible measure to make stores and commercial streets more accessible, notably by offering free parking.

    Seize the opportunity to stroll along the strip and experience the magic of Christmas!

    Effective until December 31, on-street parking is free of charge on weekends within Montréal’s city limits and every evening after 6 p.m. on week days in Ville-Marie.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Let’s encourage our downtown merchants during this year’s holiday season!

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    26 Nov 2020
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    The past several months have been difficult for Montréal merchants, and that’s why the municipal administration, in the coming days, will launch a vast campaign aimed at encouraging residents to buy “in Montréal.”

    The campaign gets started on December 1 and will be implemented in various media, including television, newspapers, online and in bus shelters across the city. It is intended to raise public awareness about the importance of buying local in order to encourage and support Montréal businesses. Be it online or in person, it’s time that we demonstrated our support for our merchants.

    Buying local lends vitality to living environments and helps promote a high-quality, diversified commercial offer. Ultimately, everyone wins!

    Five good reasons to buy local (In french)

  • Win your downtown purchases

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    26 Nov 2020
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    Since November 2, Montrealers have been invited to encourage downtown businesses and restaurants for a chance to win their purchases! Participating is easy. Simply keep your bill issued by a downtown store, download it to the platform, and play the quiz game for a one in 10 chance to win your purchases! Enter now for an opportunity to win!

    Presented by Montreal centre-ville and arrondissement de Ville-Marie.

    For complete details

  • The Great Downtown Christmas Contest

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    26 Nov 2020
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    Savour unique and memorable experiences in the heart of downtown Montréal thanks to the Great Downtown Christmas Contest!

    This contest gives participants a chance to enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic experience, a luxury hotel stay, body care, fashion items, and a host of other prizes! Ring in 2021 in style!

    Presented by Montréal centre-ville, in collaboration with La Presse.

    To participate

  • Mark the Holiday Season by supporting Montréal businesses!

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    29 Oct 2020
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    The holiday season is traditionally a banner period for downtown businesses. But the COVID-19 pandemic now threatens to undermine that tradition for merchants, who’ve seen the area hollow out in recent months. The city, in concert with the Sociétés de développement commercial and merchant associations, is thus doing everything in its power to support Montréal businesses through this crisis.

    A total of $6 million will be invested in an effort to encourage people to buy local and support the vitality of Montréal businesses in the coming weeks. Every measure will be taken to facilitate access to our commercial streets in November and December and make the shopping experience more enjoyable.

    The following six measures will be implemented for the holiday season:

    • Free on-street parking across the city on Saturdays and Sundays – from November 14 to December 31
    • Extended business hours for retail merchants – from November 14 to December 31
    • Implementation of projects intended to promote urban delivery for local merchants
    • Animated activities and infrastructures downtown for the winter period
    • Deployment of crowdfunding campaigns established by SDCs, merchant associations and chambers of commerce
    • Additional funding of $1.5 million to the Retail Business Consolidation Fund managed by the PME MTL network to support merchants with the digital transition and the physical development of their business spaces.

    Montréal’s economic recovery will hinge on the health of our commercial streets, and that’s why the city is doing everything it can to ensure their vitality. More than ever, we must pull together in support of local businesses, which are entering a period when sales will have a determining impact on their survival in 2021.

    Information line: Across all sectors, businesses seeking information on the various programs and measures available can contact the city from Monday to Friday at 514-394-1793, or complete the form created for that purpose at any time.

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  • Web influencers speak to us about their favourite places downtown

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    29 Oct 2020
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    The XP_MTL team met with six Web personalities to discuss the importance of buying local. They asked Alexandre Turcotte, Jessica Prudencio, Lauri-Ann Lauzon, Mathieu Dufour, Noémie Lacerte and Trudy Simoneau to name their favourite places in downtown Montréal. Through seven video capsules, the Web influencers spoke about what it means to buy local, shared their most cherished memories, told us what their favourite stores were, and much more!

    To view the capsules

  • Archeological excavations at Square Phillips

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    29 Oct 2020
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    For the past few weeks, major redevelopment work has been carried out at Square Phillips and on Avenue Union with the objective of upgrading underground infrastructures and embellishing the area. These work operations have also provided an excellent opportunity to carry out archeological excavations aimed at learning more about how this area was used in the past. In fact, the square – flanked on all sides by Rue Sainte-Catherine, Rue Cathcart, Rue Place Phillips and Avenue Union – holds strong archeological potential, both prehistorical and historical.

    Prehistorical potential

    The strong prehistorical potential lies in the favourable position of Square Phillips, the presence of what was once the Burnside stream nearby, and the existence of several prehistoric sites in the surrounding area, notably the Dawson site. Previous excavations at the Dawson site revealed vestiges of the only St. Lawrence Iroquoian village ever found on the island of Montréal. There is thus a strong possibility that the area around Square Phillips was regularly frequented before the arrival of Europeans. Stay tuned!

    Historical potential

    In regards to the historical period, the area around Square Phillips retained its agricultural vocation until the middle of the 18th century. It was not until the mid 19th century that the descendants of Thomas Phillips built the square, which would be subject to a few changes over time. In about 1880, for example, the square’s width was reduced. In addition, some paths, which may have been cross-shaped originally, are depicted in X form on certain plans from more recent periods. The spaces between the paths once featured a varied array of vegetation. Thus, while they may be covered by underground infrastructures, the edges around the square could well conceal the presence of historical structures. Continued excavations will undoubtedly allow us to learn more about the site’s past vocations.

    The archeological excavations currently taking place at Square Phillips are driven by a desire to build upon our historical knowledge. Far from being trivial, unearthing and preserving this heritage allows us, each day, to learn a little more about the city’s past. And if we’re to believe the archeologists, the ground beneath Montréal has many more secrets to reveal!

  • La Sainte-Catherine: So much more than a street!

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    29 Oct 2020
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    Ever wonder where the name Sainte-Catherine came from? While some historians claim that Montréal’s iconic commercial strip was named in honour of Catherine Élizabeth, the daughter-in-law of Jacques Viger, others believe the name refers to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of unmarried women. It was the latter figure who inspired one of Québec oldest annual celebrations, Saint Catherine’s Day, which was marked on November 25.

    The Saint Catherine’s Day celebration is deeply rooted in our Québec traditions. Historically, the tradition held that young women who had not found a husband by age 25 wore Saint Catherine’s bonnet, thereby making them “old maids” or, more commonly, “Catherinettes.”

    While single women age 25 or older are no longer subjected to mocking glances, other traditions related to this celebration persist to this day. One of the oldest, dating back to New France, concerns the making of the famous Saint Catherine taffy. Invented in the 17th century by Marguerite Bourgeoys in order to attract children to her school, Saint Catherine’s taffy is now steeped in our culinary traditions. Made from a mixture of molasses, corn syrup, brown sugar, water and a smidgen of butter, the taffy, even today, continues to delight people of all ages, much as it has for more than 300 years!