Saint-Laurent is definitely a great place to live and work. Located on the island of Montréal, this borough is known for its enviable geographical position, its excellent accessibility to the network of highways and public transit system, its many parks and green spaces as well as its highly diversified population.
A real economic driver with its 5,000 companies and commercial establishments, Saint-Laurent is the second largest employment centre in the metropolitan region after downtown Montréal. In fact, the number of workers in the borough is slightly higher than its population (approximately 107,000 versus 103,000). It also has the largest technology park in all of Canada: Technoparc Montréal’s Campus Saint-Laurent.
- 1sports complex
- 1recreation centre
- 1entertainment venue
- 47parks and squares
- 55km of bicycle paths
- 2higher education institutions
- 15skating locations (ice rinks/ ice patches)
- 15splash pads
- 8outdoor pools
- 2metro stations
- 3commuter train stations
- 7community gardens
- 30children's playgrounds
The Bois-Franc project was launched on August 6, 1993. Located on the former grounds of the Cartierville Airport, this avant-garde residential neighbourhood offers residents an outstanding quality of life, thanks to the presence of numerous nearby green spaces, commercial establishments and service facilities as well as its privileged geographical location close to major highways.
Cosmos refers to the area located in the southeastern part of Saint-Laurent territory. Bounded by Avenue Sainte-Croix to the west as well as the Metropolitan Autoroute to the south and the CN rail line to the north and east, this project was got under way in 1949. It includes more than 480 housing units consisting of single-family homes and rental buildings.
Located near the Montpellier train station, this sector developed after 1975. Its location, along Boulevard Montpellier, corresponds to that of the very first industry to have been established in Saint-Laurent: the stone industry. Large condominiums were built on the former quarry.
The Marlborough sector dates back to the 1950s. It has developed from three residential communities: one near Boulevard Toupin and Boulevard Henri-Bourassa; another further north, along Boulevard Toupin, and a third along Rue Cousineau and Rue Somerset.
Construction of the 248 single-family homes in this sector began in 1942. Norvick was developed after the Canadian government created Wartime Housing Limited, a company responsible for building housing to meet the needs of thousands of workers involved in the war effort.
With nearly 15,000 residents, the Chameran sector is home to nearly 16% of the borough’s total population and is noted for its multicultural character. Since the 1980s, this sector has become a welcoming place for new immigrants, mainly from Lebanon, which has earned it the nickname “Little Beirut”.
Vieux-Saint-Laurent is known as the borough’s downtown core. Its major thoroughfare is Avenue Sainte-Croix, formerly known as Rue Principale. To the east of this road are large institutions and to the west, most of the commercial establishments and homes in the area.
The Technoparc Montréal project began in 1987 with the creation of the Centre d’initiative technologique de Montréal (CITec). Located at the intersection of highways 40 and 13, just north of the runways of Montréal International Airport, it is now home to more than 100 companies specializing in aeronautics, pharmaceuticals and clean energy, among other fields.
- 43 km²in area
- 2,311residents per km²
- 18,700families with children
- 13 %of the population speak more than one language at home
- 54 %immigrant population
- 31.8 %of the population under 25 years of age
- 39average age
- 70 %of the territory devoted to industrial and commercial activities