Montréal, métropole culturelle

Last updated February 23, 2023

Montréal, métropole culturelle brings together the city, the Canadian and Québec governments, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal, Culture Montréal and Tourisme Montréal to promote Montréal as a cultural metropolis of international calibre.


When this alliance was created in 2007, a concerted joint effort led to the realization of an ambitious and visionary plan: the 2007-2017 Montréal, métropole culturelle Action Plan.

In November 2007, hundreds of leaders from every domain of city activity endorsed this plan at the Rendez-vous Montréal, métropole culturelle event.

This roadmap for Montréal’s cultural development was based on the following guiding principles:

  • Improve access to culture
  • Enrich the quality of our living conditions
  • Promote Montréal’s influence across Québec, Canada and abroad;
  • Provide Montréal with the means to be a major cultural centre.

In 2012, a second Rendez-vous event reaffirmed the partners’ commitment to the vision of developing and promoting culture in Montréal.

In 2019, Tourisme Montréal was invited to join this joint action group.


The development of the Quartier des spectacles remains one of the most important achievements of the 2007-2017 Montréal, métropole culturelle Action Plan. Within a quadrilateral of one km², there are about thirty theatres, forty exhibition sites, and cinemas.

The partners’ concerted efforts also led to the implementation of an ambitious library renovation, expansion and construction program (the RAC), which helped accelerate the process of catching up with Canada’s largest cities of 500,000+ inhabitants. 

Montréal, métropole culturelle has also contributed to the city’s international cultural influence through its artists and its businesses outside Québec and Canada.

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