Another $7 million in assistance for downtown Montréal

Last updated March 31, 2022
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Montréal is continuing to bolster the vitality of its city centre with the second phase of its downtown recovery plan. It can now count on additional funding of $7 million from the gouvernement du Québec. This investment will help reinvigorate an area significantly affected by the pandemic.

Three measures are being deployed under Phase 2 of the Recovery Plan in 2022 and 2023:

1 – Support for vulnerable businesses – $3.5 million

To help merchants, restaurateurs, bar owners and entertainment venues continue to operate safely in light of the pandemic.

2 – Measures to increase attendance and support for creative and cultural activities – $3 million

 To provide a vibrant, diversified cultural program across the downtown area.

$1.6 million for urban activity spaces:

  • Installation of 3 “Giants”in the form of gigantic animated characters during the presentation of circus shows
  • Temporary occupation of vacant spaces for artists’ studios 
  • Support for cultural projects accessible to the public free of charge 
  • Projection of an interactive mural.

$1.4 million for eclectic programming throughout the year:

  • Strategic cultural interventions that will allow cultural and creative industry players to pool and redevelop their outdoor spaces 
  • Presentation of a rich summer cultural program and integration of new festivals
  • Financing of new pooling actions between promoters of major events.

3 – Collect and share downtown data – $500 thousand

Collecting and analyzing socio-economic data to identify initiatives that will ensure the long-term recovery and development of the downtown core.

These measures are in addition to the $25 million invested in municipal and provincial initiatives under Phase 1 of the recovery plan. 

Montréal is investing in its downtown core

In addition to stimulus funding, Montréal is allocating nearly $30 million to support downtown cultural and social inclusion projects. Over the next 10 years, it plans to inject $1 billion into constructing quality public spaces and facilities.  

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