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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.


  • Redevelopment work starting on May 3

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    09 Apr 2021
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    After a mid-winter pause lasting a few months, work operations have resumed on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between Mansfield and Robert-Bourassa (Lot 1B). The next phase in the redevelopment work will extend from May 3 until the end of Fall 2021.

    These work operations are aimed at reconfiguring this segment of Rue Sainte-Catherine to make it more pleasant and people-friendly, while also making it safer. With this makeover, the street will feature:

    • Sidewalks that are 60 per cent wider
    • A road and sidewalks made of concrete paving blocks
    • Distinctive new street furniture
    • Energy-efficient lighting
    • A WIFI network offered free of charge
    • Numerous trees

    These operations follow the completion of reconstruction work on century-old underground infrastructures in 2020.

    Meanwhile, work operations on Square Phillips and Avenue Union (Lot 2D) are continuing as planned. Work operations on Square Phillips will be completed in the summer of 2022, while work on Avenue Union should be completed in August 2021.

    For further details and to view an updated traffic map, please read the notice of work operations scheduled in 2021.

  • REM: Work operations underway on the Mount Royal tunnel

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    09 Apr 2021
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    REM trains will travel through the Mount Royal tunnel, a century-old underground rail infrastructure located beneath Avenue McGill College.

    The Mount Royal tunnel’s double vault deteriorated considerably in the McGill area due to the use of surface abrasives and the absence of a watertight membrane.

    Major repairs and reinforcement work on the Mount Royal tunnel are slated to begin in mid-April 2021. The work will be carried out underground, from the inside of the tunnel, in order to minimize the impacts. However, additional obstacles will be erected on Avenue McGill College so that the work can be performed. In the northbound direction, Avenue McGill College will be fully blocked between Cathcart and Sherbrooke Ouest, and partial obstacles will be added in the southbound direction.

    For further information on the work operations and these obstacles, please visit the Info-Travaux Web site.

  • Sainte-Catherine project: work is progressing as planned

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    09 Mar 2021
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    The challenges posed by the onset of winter and the snowfall did nothing to stop construction crews, which have been on the job site since last October, working on the redevelopment and modernization of Square Phillips and its adjacent streets (Lot 2D). These work operations are aimed at levelling century-old underground infrastructures and beautifying this iconic downtown square.

    Burnishing the prestige of Square Phillips
    Built more than 150 years ago, Square Phillips has been a star witness to the commercial evolution of downtown Montreal and Rue Sainte-Catherine. But after more than a century and a half of loyal services, a beauty makeover was in order.

    The city is taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by the reconstruction of underground infrastructures – which themselves were long past their service life – to freshen up the surface of the square as well.

    Work began last fall with the removal of the old public toilets. It continued with work on the underground mechanical room for the water beds and the restoration of the monuments on the site, notably the monument to Edward VII (see note below).

    A surprise awaited teams on site, however, when they discovered liquefiable soil beneath the old toilets, or soil saturated with water. The situation caused the soil to lose some bearing capacity, which could eventually cause a sink hole or a building collapse. Teams went back to the drawing board to review the design, and as a result the construction of the mechanical room was pushed back.

    In spite of the surprise, the work schedule was not compromised and the square should be completed as planned by the summer of 2022.

    Rue Place Phillips
    On Rue Place Phillips, the reconstruction of underground telecommunications and gas networks was completed at the beginning of 2021. Just recently, teams put the final touches on the reconstruction of the underground electrical network, which made it possible to reopen the street.

    The street will close again in September for two weeks so that permanent paving operations can be carried out. Paving on Rue Place Phillips (roads and sidewalks) will start this summer and is slated for completion at the end of 2021.

    Avenue Union
    At the Union-Cathcart intersection, some of the gas lines were rehabilitated in 2020, and the work will be completed in March. Initially planned for 2020, these work operations were postponed due to weather conditions and a shortage of skilled labour.

    Since the start of the new year, teams have been working on the water supply, electrical and telecommunications systems. Still on the corner of Cathcart and Union, the reconstruction of electrical access vaults is progressing and will continue with the reconstruction of three valve chambers in the water supply system.

    Rue Cathcart is expected to reopen in full at the end of August 2021. Permanent redevelopment work on Avenue Union will start in early spring and end in late summer.

    For further information on the redevelopment design concept for Square Phillips, click here.

    Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Robert-Bourassa and Mansfield
    Finally, work on sidewalks and streets between Robert-Bourassa and Mansfield will begin as soon as the weather permits and should be completed by the end of 2021. These work operations will consist of surfacing with concrete paving blocks and installing new street furniture. Once it is completed, there will only be one traffic lane.

    A public information session scheduled this year will present the 2021 work in detail (Square Phillips and Avenue Union, and redevelopment work on Rue Sainte-Catherine O. between Mansfield and Robert-Bourassa). Details are pending.

    Did you know?
    Erected in 1914, the monument to Edward VII is the work of Quebec sculptor Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917). Square Phillips served as the perfect home for the monument, owing to its choice location in the heart of downtown and to the fact that this public space did not yet have a monument. Heir to the throne at age 60 following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII had a profound influence on English foreign policy, for which he became known as “the Peacemaker.”


    Source : Bureau d’art public de Montréal, https://artpublic.ville.montreal.qc.ca/oeuvre/monument-a-edouard-vii/

  • Parking downtown free of charge until the end of March

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    09 Mar 2021
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    The city has announced that paid on-street parking in Ville-Marie will remain free of charge until the end of March, on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends from March 1 to 31, 2021.

    This extension is intended to encourage residents to support the local economy and improve the shopping experience on commercial streets.

    It is among the measures set out in the city’s economic recovery plan aimed at supporting organizations, merchants, companies and, more broadly, Montréal’s economy, through this difficult period.

    Please encourage your merchants on Rue Sainte-Catherine.

  • Join the good neighbour committee formed as part of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest Project

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    09 Mar 2021
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    In order to minimize the impact of work operations on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, the city has created a good neighbour committee aimed at maintaining a dialogue with abutting residents (via housing tower managers) and people from the business community (including office tower managers) who are impacted by 2021* work sites under the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project. Monthly committee meetings are held to update residents on the progress of the operations and work together to find solutions that address their needs and concerns.

    Residents interested in getting involved in the good neighbour committee for the Sainte-Catherine Project are invited to write to SainteCatherineOuest@montreal.ca.

    * 2021 work operations of the Sainte-Catherine Ouest project:
    - Rue Sainte-Catherine O, between Mansfield and Robert Bourassa
    - Square Phillips and Avenue Union



  • New partnership with the SHDM for a P$ Montréal Centre-Ville pilot project

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    09 Mar 2021
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    The Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) has been a partner of the P$ Montréal Centre-Ville pilot project since March 1, 2021, with the addition of its l’Îlot Balmoral building. This initiative lets visitors to downtown make the most of the existing offer of private parking spaces and thus reduce the time it takes to find a parking space. This third partnership – and fifth participating parking operator – improves the supply of parking spaces downtown, in part by virtue of its choice location in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.

    Under this initiative, users of the application and all drivers looking for a place to park in the area can benefit from the same parking fees applied to on-street parking along Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, in the parking lot attached to the Îlot Balmoral building. This parking lot, located at the corner of Boulevard de Maisonneuve and Rue de Bleury, a stone’s throw from the Place des Festivals, offers 186 parking spaces.

    Users will automatically benefit from a reduced rate for a maximum of two hours – Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. (time of entry into the parking lot) and at all times on weekends – with no further action required on their part. All they need to do is go to the parking lot entrance on Rue Mayor.

    In spite of the current circumstances, the parties are confident that residents and visitors will eventually return to downtown in the months to come and that the extended parking offer will serve as an additional tool that makes it easier for people to venture downtown.

    The application can be downloaded from the Apple Store boutique or from Google Play.

    For further information on the project or the functionalities of the application, please visit www.agencemobilitedurable.ca

  • The REM gets active beneath the ground at McGill

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    09 Mar 2021
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    Work in advance of the Réseau express métropolitain’s arrival in the McGill area will continue in 2021 and until the REM’s entry into service, expected in the fall of 2023. At the future McGill station, excavation is in the final stages and construction of the station’s structural shell (foundations and steel structure) is slated to begin in the spring.

    Repair work on the Mount Royal tunnel’s double vault – which has deteriorated significantly in this area – will also begin. These work operations will span two sections, north and south of the future McGill station, and take place inside the tunnel. REM trains will travel through the Mont-Royal tunnel, a century-old underground rail infrastructure located beneath Avenue McGill College.

    For further details concerning these work operations, please visit the info-travaux Web site. For complete details concerning the REM McGill station, click here.

  • Major ongoing work at McGill métro station

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    09 Mar 2021
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    Since March 2020, major interior and exterior work has been ongoing at McGill station. Phase one, which involved replacing the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof, is nearly complete. In mid-May, the worksite will move to De Maisonneuve and Union. Once the work is completed, McGill station customers will have access to two new elevators, a new accessible entrance building and three fully renovated entrance buildings.

    For information

  • 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.