Montréal is taking measures to protect the population from COVID-19. These measures are changing as the situation evolves, which is why we are constantly monitoring its evolution.
We are following the recommendations and guidelines issued by the regional public health department (Direction régionale de Santé publique de Montréal), which provides hygiene directives and measures to take in case you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.
Status of municipal sites and services
See a list of open sites and available services.
Wearing a face covering is mandatory for people ages 10 and over in enclosed or partially enclosed public places. Learn more
1 877 644-4545: Government hotline for COVID-19
311: Information concerning Montréal municipal facilities and services
211: Multilingual social and community resource
1 800 363-9010: SOS domestic abuse (24/7)
Information about testing clinics is available at this address.
La Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the city have jointly produced a guide for youth workers to support them in their work: Assistance Guide for Youth Workers (in French)
Report a situation
Montréal’s police department (SPVM) offers the option to report a situation online.
For all emergencies, or to report an imminent danger to yourself or others, call 911.
Although the city is taking the necessary measures to maintain services to the public and to protect the health and well-being of its population, this would not be possible without the collaboration of all parties involved in handling the current situation:
- Information and recommandations regarding COVID-19
- Housing and tenant’s rights
- Financial assistance
- Grocery shopping and eating safely
- The annual increase in parking fees has been suspended.
Assistance measures offered by the city
Breathing life into downtown
- The city is investing $400,000 in an action plan aiming to stimulate the vitality of its downtown core. With these investments, Montréal will be able to offer arts events all summer long.
- Montréal is also putting $200,000 into the “Relancez l’été” campaign to encourage Montrealers and Quebecers to discover or rediscover Montréal’s downtown
Assistance to businesses
- Montréal has implemented a recovery plan with 20 measures to support organizations, business owners and businesses in the Montréal agglomeration. Read more
- PME MTL will administer the new funding worth $50 million to support businesses announced by the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon and Mayor Valérie Plante. Read the press release
- Montréal is assisting merchants with the reopening of businesses. Read more
- Montréal mobilizes to support businesses. Read more
Montréal is helping social economy enterprises by offering them financial support, free advisory services, training sessions and psychological support. Read the article
Montréal is launching new subsidies to support local merchants. Read the press release
- Montréal is launching a call for proposals for non-profit organizations that would like to receive a financial contribution in order to provide technical support to Montréal businesses. Learn more about the program
Assistance to citizens
- Opening of three emergency centres and stable residence services for homeless persons in Montréal. Read the press release
In an effort to manage public funds responsibly, Montréal is acting proactively by laying the groundwork for a financial plan meant to offset the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This will contribute towards balanced financial results for this year. Read the press release
Events and gatherings
The government of Québec allows outdoor gatherings, which should be preferred when weather permits. Indoor gatherings are also permitted. In both cases, there are measures to follow.
Essential services are maintained
Our teams continue to ensure essential municipal services, such as the collection of garbage and recycling, access to drinking water and emergency services.
In keeping with the physical distancing directives in effect, several decisions respecting mobility have been made:
- Prohibiting access to bikers along Chemin Olmstead, on the Mount Royal.
- Opening access to the Charlevoix bridge, in Le Sud-Ouest borough, exclusively to pedestrians and bikers, in order to provide a crossing of the Lachine Canal following the closure of the Atwater crossing.
- Reconfiguring and widening the sidewalk along Avenue du Mont-Royal, between Rue Fullum and Avenue du Parc, in order to create extra room for pedestrians to be able to apply social distancing rules.
- A 2.7 metre-long safety corridor having an average width of 4.5 m, in Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, along the south-side parking lane, between Avenue de Esplanade and Avenue Papineau and along the north-side parking lane, between Avenue Papineau and Rue Fullum.
As part of its fight against COVID-19, Montreal will rethink its public space beginning in June by creating safe active transportation circuits for active transportation. Its objective is for Montrealers to be able to walk and bike safely.
Check out the map of all corridors (in French)
Municipal governing bodies
City council and the urban agglomeration council will be meeting behind closed doors, until further notice. Citizens may watch the webcast, either live or on replay. They may send their questions electronically before 9 a.m., the day of the meeting, using a new online form. Watch council meetings