A city in the city: TOD Bois-Franc

Last updated September 15, 2022
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Called to experience a real renaissance over the next 20 years, this district located at the limits of the boroughs of Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville will become an important center of housing and intermodal transport for the northwest sector of Montréal.

The boroughs of Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville have taken a new step in the detailed planning of the Bois-Franc transit-oriented development (TOD) area with the tabling in June 2020 of the final report (in French) prepared for this purpose by the firm Provencher_Roy.

The planning process, the fruit of a collaboration between the two boroughs, was carried out with financial assistance from the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). It was the subject of a public consultation and was followed by a brainstorming session in which community representatives, public and private partners, students and professionals took part.

What is TOD Bois-Franc?

First of all, a TOD is a medium- to high-density real estate development, structured around a high-capacity public transit station, such as a train station, a subway station, a light rail station or a bus stop. Located within walking distance of a major access point within the public transit system, a TOD is a neighbourhood that combines active transportation, social mix and urban design, in particular.

The Bois-Franc TOD area extends within a radius of one kilometre (1 km) from the Bois-Franc train station. The station—part of the Deux-Montagnes exo train line at the present time—will be replaced by the Bois-Franc station of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) by 2023, which will bring major changes to this neighbourhood located on the boundaries of the boroughs of Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Highlights of the Bois-Franc TOD 

The revitalization and requalification processes planned for the sector are spread over a period of more than 20 years. Eventually, the development concept drawn up for detailed planning purposes identifies the following development potential: 

  • 7,700 new housing units
  • 39,600 m² of office space 
  • 37,700 m² of commercial area
  • 23,300 m² of floor space dedicated to institutional functions
  • 104,350 m² of parks, public squares and green spaces (±), which together with the green spaces to be developed and the existing parks would eventually account for nearly 17% of the TOD area.

The project was awarded the Grand prix du Design 2022.

“The report is becoming the ultimate reference tool for making informed decisions that are aligned with a shared vision for this new housing and transportation hub. In this context of sustained densification, the importance of the extension of the Orange line, from the metro to the REM Bois-Franc station, cannot be ignored.”

“The detailed planning aims to allow the two boroughs to draw the full potential of the arrival of the REM station to make it a complete living environment that will rely on sustainable mobility and sustainable development. Mobility habits in this sector of Bordeaux-Cartierville will be transformed.”