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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.


  • Work operations are progressing well!

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    Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will be greener, bordered by rest areas and distinctive urban furniture, and it will integrate a range of intelligent systems, thereby offering Montrealers and visitors alike an all-new experience in the heart of downtown.

    Work on the roads and sidewalks is progressing well on the section of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury (Lot 1A).

    The new Rue Sainte-Catherine is beginning to take shape. Close to 70 per cent of the work has been completed between Boulevard Robert-Bourassa and Rue De Bleury. Montrealers strolling along Rue Sainte-Catherine will see that the benches and bicycle racks have already been installed. Meanwhile, the lampposts will be installed in the coming days, and tree planting is expected to start in mid-September.

    In the weeks ahead, work crews will be installing traffic lights and drain grates, and paving operations will then be carried out.

    Please note that due to the pandemic, some suppliers were late in delivering the supplies required to carry out work operations on the roads and sidewalks in Lot 1A, which led to delays in completing the work. For safety purposes, pedestrian corridors are maintained, and the area remains closed to traffic. However, because work operations were ahead of schedule, the overall work schedule is not expected to be impacted. The final completion of work operations is still projected for the end of fall 2020. Users of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will thus be able to reap the benefits of these new infrastructures in time for the start of the Christmas shopping season!

    Reconstruction work on underground infrastructures along the section of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, between Rue Mansfield and Boulevard Robert-Bourassa (Lot 1B) is also on schedule.

    It bears recalling that these major work operations on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest are required in order to rehabilitate the more than century-old sewer and water service networks.

    Current work operations have been slightly delayed between the intersection of Avenue McGill College up to Boulevard Robert-Bourassa. The water supply network was in very poor shape and required further operations. Every effort is being made to complete this work zone by the end of September, whereas the intersection of Avenue McGill College should be open by about mid-October.

    In regards to the final work phase, between Rue Mansfield and Avenue McGill College, infrastructure work should be completed by the beginning of December.

    Please note that no cost overruns or scheduling delays are expected for the time being. Work operations on the roads and sidewalks in Lot (1B) will begin in 2021 as planned.

  • Square Phillips Gets a Beauty Makeover

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    A new phase in the Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest Project will get underway in just a few weeks. It will include the redevelopment of Square Phillips and Avenue Union (between Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and Rue Cathcart). Montrealers will soon be able to enjoy an all-new Square Phillips, one that’s greener and more people-friendly. Work operations are slated to begin at the end of September and will be aimed at levelling the underground infrastructures, which have reached or surpassed the end of their service life.

    The repair work on underground infrastructures will also provide an opportunity to transform this iconic space into a more welcoming place, notably by widening the sidewalks and adding distinctive street furniture, a water garden, and a new LED lighting concept. Free WiFi will also be implemented. The Édouard VII monument and the commemorative monument to the victims of the Blue Bird fire will be restored.

    Meanwhile, plant biodiversity on the square and on adjacent streets will be enriched with the planting of trees, shrubs and vegetation of all kinds. Once the work operations are completed, there will be three times the number of trees in the area, and a 47 per cent increase in plant surfaces. These developments will enhance the square’s heritage features, notably the components of the “English garden square,” while lending them a contemporary look.

    Finally, the redevelopment of the square and of Avenue Union will allow adjacent businesses to add sidewalk terraces. It’s important to note that the remodeled square will be expanded to cover an area of 3,100 metres, which is 37 per cent larger than the original square, which spanned 2,300 metres.

    This ambitious project meets current needs and addresses such issues as heat islands, and it will give the downtown core a more convivial rest area that can also play host to cultural events, thereby increasing the quality of life of users.


    Design by the firm Provencher_Roy, CIMA+ S.E.N.C.

  • A New Option for Carsharing in Downton Montréal

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    Communauto, the Agence de mobilité durable and the City of Montréal, yesterday announced a pilot project that now allows Communauto's no reservation FLEX carsharing vehicles to complete a trip and park downtown, between Viger Avenue and Sherbrooke, St-Hubert, and Guy streets, on on-street paid parking space, for a flat fee of $5.00.

    This pilot project aims to stimulate carsharing and improve the use of public space, while providing greater flexibility and access to the downtown core.

  • Rally bicycle stations: free and cleaned daily

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    Cycling downtown has never been easier! Four Rally stations are accessible at all times, free of charge:

    • Rally Guy (corner of Rue Sainte-Catherine and Rue Guy)
    • Rally Peel (corner of Rue Peel and Rue Sainte-Catherine)
    • Rally Bishop (corner of Rue Bishop and Boulevard De Maisonneuve)
    • Rally Place des Arts (corner of Avenue du Président-Kennedy and Rue Jeanne-Mance).

    The stations are cleaned regularly by a clean-up brigade, monitored, and equipped with hand sanitizer.

    For more information

  • Genie centre-ville: free delivery until September 30th

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    Genie centre-ville is a personal assistant and fast delivery service launched by Destination centre-ville in collaboration with Génie Montréal. Delivery is complety free until September 30th with #geniecentreville! 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. For more information about Genie.

    For more information

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

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    30 Jul 2020
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    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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    30 Jul 2020

    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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    30 Jul 2020
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    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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    30 Jul 2020
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    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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    30 Jul 2020

    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.