MIL Montréal

Last updated May 31, 2023
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The MIL Montréal project is the result of a close collaboration with the Université de Montréal. Its aim is to create a dynamic, green urban living environment, where student life, research and arts coexist.

Redevelopment of the former railway yard and of the land bordering on the railway

Having an area of 118 hectares, the MIL Montréal project covers the site of the former Canadian Pacific railway yard located north of Outremont borough (Outremont site) and in part of the boroughs of Rosemont‒La-Petite-Patrie, Villeray‒Saint-Michel‒Parc-Extension and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal (bordering territories, PDUES), adjoining to the Town of Mount Royal.

The by-law adopted on February 21, 2011 by city council provides the regulatory framework for the implementation of the land use plan developed by the Université de Montréal in collaboration with the city. The plan aims to develop a new mixed-use neighborhood including buildings having an academic or university research vocation, as well as a wide array of housing units built along a vast network of public areas.  

In 2013, led by a significant participatory process, the detailed planning of the north, east and south fringes of the Outremont site lead to the adoption of the Social, economic urban development plan (PDUES) at the Marconi-Alexandra, Atlantic, Beaumont and De Castelnau sites. The plan identifies orientations and strategies required for the future redevelopment of the former railway yard.

The project in pictures


  • Redevelop a vast railway land located in the heart of the island of Montréal into a mixed-use living environment that will be both sustainable and integrated in the landscape. 
  • Strengthen Montréal’s role as a city of knowledge  through the construction of a new campus affiliated to the Université de Montréal.
  • Support the urban, economic and social  revitalization of the area’s  neighborhoods.

The MIL Montréal project has become a true urban lab whose experiments pave the way for standardized innovative practices with respect to mobility, greening and the environmentally responsible management of stormwater by promoting new approaches to creating, working and living in the city.

First flagship sustainable development project

In 2016, the MIL Montréal project obtained the stage 2 LEED certification for neighborhood development (LEED-ND). During that same year, the project was designated as being the first flagship sustainable development project developed by the Montréal community.

What’s more, various components of the project are in line with the objectives of the 2030 Montréal Strategic PLan and of the Climate Plan 2020-2030:

  • Reduce the space meant for vehicles: limit surface parking areas in exchange for wider green areas and sidewalks and the integration of bike path infrastructures.
  • Prioritize collective and active transportation: development of Montréal’s first protected one-way bike paths along Avenue Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux.
  • Environmentally responsible stormwater management through the integration of green infrastructures: rain gardens, valleys, dry retention ponds for Parc Pierre-Dansereau and Parc Dickie-Moore (already developed), as well as Parc Des Gorilles and Parc Irma-Levasseur (still to come).
  • Abundant greening of public areas and increasing the canopy in order to reduce heat islands. 
  • LEED-ND certification for institutional, university and municipal buildings, in an effort to enhance energy efficiency for all new buildings. 
  • Raise awareness with respect to climate change through the integration of local stakeholders in the design and decision-making process during the realization of the project.

Components and characteristics

The Outremont site redevelopment project includes:

  • 300, 000 m2 of university buildings integrating the new campus of the Université de Montréal;
  • 1,300 dwelling units, including 15% social and community housing units and 15% affordable housing units; 
  • 4 hectares of new public areas (1 square and 3 parks); 
  • local stores; 
  • links to open up the new neighborhood and connect it to its surroundings;
  • upgraded underground infrastructure (waterworks and sewage systems.)

The requalification of bordering land (adjacent areas) of the Outremont site: 

  • more than  8,000 m2 of new public areas, including 2 new parks  (Parc Dickie-Moore and Parc des Gorilles);
  • Redeveloped streets and intersections (greening, environmentally responsible stormwater management, development and implementation of safety measures for active transportation, burial of electric cables, etc.);
  • upgrading of underground infrastructures; 
  • creation of 225 new social and community housing units.

Awards and distinctions




Place Alice Girard project won a 2021 Excellence Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) in the Small-Scale Public Landscapes category


The MIL Montréal project: The environment award granted by the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr)


Parc Pierre-Dansereau: Projets novateurs en urbanisme de la Relève, Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec (OUQ)


Viaduc ferroviaire (Railway overpass): Grands prix du design - prix hors-catégorie
Grands prix du design - mention éclairage (lighting)

Projected investments

Redevelopment of the Outremont site in partnership with the ’Université de Montréal:

  • $174.2 M (including $152.5 M for municipal work) namely:
    • $30 M Gouvernement du Québec
    • $30 M Government of Canada.

Acquisitions and work on public property and bordering land: ± 205 million dollars.