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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.


  • Don’t look for parking downtown, find it!

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    6 days ago

    The new P$ Montréal Centre-Ville app developed by the Agence de mobilité durable allows anyone visiting Sainte-Catherine and downtown to quickly find parking. This innovative project, in collaboration with the city, is part of the iconic street’s redevelopment. The app will geolocate private parking lots where drivers can park at street rates for the first couple of hours. This is all thanks to a partnership with Indigo Park Canada and parking lot owners.

    Learn more.


  • Watch the virtual information session on Sainte-Catherine project status

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    6 days ago

    More than a hundred people attended the virtual information session about the Sainte-Catherine redevelopment project on June 9. On the agenda? The progress of the work (which will transform the famous street into a green space where you can walk and take a break) and questions from citizens.

    To mitigate the impacts related to the work and the pandemic, the city put in place exceptional measures.

    See the answers to citizens’ questions.

    Click to watch the session (In french).

  • Genie centre-ville : a personal assistant at your service in the city-center

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    6 days ago

    Genie centre-ville is a personal assistant and fast delivery service launched by Destination centre-ville in collaboration with Génie Montréal. This new service allows consumers to buy and get delivered products of the city center the same day. To use the service, chat with Genie on social medias Facebook, Instagram or go on the website and indicate if you would like to order or pick up an order downtown. Get a 50 % off the delivery fees by ordering from restaurants and businesses located downtown Montreal. For more information.

  • The Rally bicycle stations are opening in the city center!

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    6 days ago

    A new service under the name of Rally Stations (in french) is available downtown Montreal for your next bicycle trips! The 4 bicycle parking stations are free and accessible at all times. Two stations are now ready to use, the Rally Guy, Rally Peel, Rally Bishop and the Rally Place des Arts. Two others will be accessible starting July the 16th.

    Cleaned daily and monitored during the day the stations are equipped with hydroalcoholic gel.

  • Stay informed to better navigate the work sites!

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    6 days ago

    To avoid any surprises, it’s best to stay informed! Receive, by email, the weekly work schedule and notices about current or future work that could have an impact on your daily routine. Whether it’s a temporary interruption of water supply or a traffic advisory, you deserve the most up-to-date information. Business owners can also view the latest version of the commercial delivery zone map at montreal.ca/lasaintecatherine.

    Subscribe now.

  • Giving the Street to Pedestrians!

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    about 2 months 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



  • The Transformation of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Continues

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    about 2 months 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.

  • Invitation : virtual information briefing

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    2 months 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.


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

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    3 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 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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    9 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 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.