Call for projects: Event with extended hours for liquor sales

Does your event require extending the legal hours applied to a liquor permit? Your NPO could receive up to $50,000 to hold indoor activities with a strong tourism potential.



The city offers NPOs in the cultural sector a $300,000 envelope for implementing innovative pilot projects with a strong cultural dimension and a significant tourism impact.

Eligibility criteria

The project must:

  • be carried out in one of the following boroughs:
    • Ville-Marie (west of Rue D’Iberville);
    • Le Sud-Ouest (east of autoroute 15);
    • Côtes-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (south of Avenue Van Horne and east of autoroute 15);
    • Le Plateau-Mont-Royal;
    • Outremont (south of Avenue Van Horne).
  • be carried out between December 16, 2022 and March 31, 2023
  • be carried out in partnership with a Montréal-based venue (performance hall, theatre, museum, restaurant, etc.)
  • include an application to extend the legal hours applicable to a liquor permit to after 3 a.m.
  • prevent safety issues (harm, overconsumption, etc.)
  • minimize the impacts of the project on its ecosystem (innovative sound management, mediation with participants and residents, etc.)

Financial assistance

The maximum contribution is $50,000 per project. Financial assistance may cover up to 100% of eligible expenses.

Eligible expenses:

  • creation and implementation of programming, including artist fees
  • fees related to mitigation actions aimed at minimizing the event’s impact on its ecosystem (safety, mediation agent, prevention of overconsumption, sound engineer, etc.)
  • fees for communications

Ineligible expenses (non-exhaustive):

  • operating fees of organizations (rent, electricity, insurance, etc.)
  • rental fees for the performance venue
  • capital projects, including leasehold improvements
  • projects already supported by the Service du développement économique
  • project cost overruns

Evaluation criteria

A jury made up of employees of the Service du développement économique, the Service de la culture and the Service de la diversité et de l’inclusion sociale, as well as representatives of the boroughs, public security services, and an external member, will review the applications submitted based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and quality of the project  
    • project consistent with the objectives set out in the call for projects

    • quality and scope of the activities offered

    • ties in with theMontréal 2030 strategy

    • project partners

  • Existing mitigation elements and elements established for this specific event: 
    • soundproofing

    • sound control

    • action plan with local residents

    • history of complaints

    • complaint management strategy

    • mediation on public and private property during the event

    • security and incident prevention plan

    • capacity of the organization to work in cooperation with community partners

  • Project management:
    • organization’s capacity to implement the project (financial situation, stability of operations, sound and dynamic governance)

    • detailed schedule

    • detailed, realistic and itemized budget specifying the resources allocated at every step

    • management’s capacity to comply with the budget presented

Submit a project proposal

1- View the project submission guide (in French) for complete details

2- Provide electronic versions of the following documents: 

  • Relevant set of plans illustrating the managment structures
  • the table entitled Summary of objectives and planned actions (use the Montréal model – in French)
  • letters of agreement or support from project partners (concerned borough, location(s) of the venue, etc.)
  • detailed project budget (use the Montréal model – in French)
  • resolution from the organization’s board of directors authorizing the submission of the application and mandating a person responsible for signing any related engagements
  • list of members of the organization’s BD and their functions, and list of persons assigned to the project and their respective roles (use the Montréal model – in French )
  • organization’s financial statements for the last year (audited, adopted at a general assembly or approved by the BD)
  • letters patent or incorporation document if the organization is a trust
  • most recent annual report

3- Please complete the project submission form and attach the documents mentioned in point 2


You have until Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. to submit your project.

The projects retained will be announced on December 13, 2022.

Virtual information session

A virtual information session will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Please complete this form to register.

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Have questions? Please complete this form.

For further details, please view the project submission guide (in French).