Almost 10 km of eroded shoreline in Montréal’s major parks will be restored with financial contributions of about $34.4 million from the federal government.
Thanks to this investment, Montréal will be able to:
- Carry out ecological restoration of the waterfront, so as to make access to the river safe and of high quality
- Restore facilities
- Protect and regenerate natural ecosystems.
The federal grant comes from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). For its part, Montréal is contributing to this project by investing $51.5 million. The project will help improve Montréal’s resilience. Work will continue until 2028. First, in 2021, environmental impact studies will be completed. The first call for bids for professional services is expected in 2022.
Ecological restoration and stabilization work will be done on 10 km of shoreline where degradation is most advanced. Affected areas are:
- Grand parc de l’Ouest (Cap-Saint-Jacques and Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard sector)
- Parc nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation
- Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive
- Parc René-Lévesque
- Parc riverain de Lachine
Montréal has 289 km of shoreline, of which 62 km are located within the major-park network. Damage caused by erosion is quite visible, including:
- Roads and trails in bad condition
- Collapsed protection walls and staircases
- Uprooted trees
- Destabilized dock footings
- Missing cobblestones
Restoration of public shoreline in the major-park network is one of the concrete actions of the Montréal climate plan.