What are the risks of toxic substances being released, or hazardous materials being spilled, in Montréal? What steps has Montréal taken to make sure the population is safe in the event of an accident? Find out how this kind of disaster is managed.
Risk of accident
When companies use toxic materials, Montréal works with them to put measures in place ensuring that residents are prepared for toxic leaks and will be notified quickly if they occur. If there is an accident inside a factory, a warning siren will immediately alert citizens to the danger. If this should occur, here are the safety instructions you should follow.
If there is a spill, a leak, a fire or an explosion while hazardous materials are being transported, responders will quickly be deployed to secure the area and tell the public what to do.
Factories and warning sirens
In Montréal, 8 factories have a warning siren for environmental emergencies. If a toxic substance is released, the siren tells the population to take shelter quickly. The sirens are connected to the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal and to the 911 emergency call centre.
Bœuf Mérite, Metro Richelieu
Address: 11701 Boulevard Albert-Hudon, Montréal
Effective range: 335 m
Areas within range: Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Entreprise Indorama PTA Montréal
Address: 10200 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal-Est
Substance: acetic acide
Effective range: 1523 m
Areas within range: Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Est
La Brasserie Labatt du Canada
Address: 50 Rue Labatt, Montréal
Effective range: 1800 m
Areas within range: Lachine, LaSalle
Address: 7470 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
Effective range: 1860 m
Areas within range: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest, Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal-Ouest
Note: Formerly Parmalat Canada Inc.
Pêcheries Atlantiques, Metro Richelieu
Address: 3785 Rue François-Bricault, Montréal
Effective range: 500 m
Areas within range: Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Saputo Produits Laitiers Canada (St-Laurent)
Address: 2365 Chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse, Montréal
Effective range: 1100 m
Areas within range: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Saint-Laurent, Ville de Mont-Royal
Saputo Produits Laitiers Canada (St-Léonard)
Address: 7750 Rue Pascal-Gagnon, Montréal
Effective range: 770 m
Areas within range: Anjou, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Saint-Léonard
Suncor – Montreal Sulphur Plant
Adress: 11450 Rue Cherrier, Montréal-Est
Substance: sulfurated hydrogen
Effective range: 1300 m
Areas within range: Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal-Est
Address: 550 Avenue Marshall, Dorval
Substance: Vinyl acetate
Radius of impact: 649 m
Affected areas: Dorval
Alert siren to be installed
Every year, Montréal works with the 8 factories to organize a siren test. This simulation exercise is designed to help people living near the factories understand how to protect themselves if there is an industrial accident. It is also a way of making sure that all equipment is working properly and that all emergency responders are in a state of readiness. Residents are notified in advance that the test will take place.