Living in Montréal, Quebec

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Montréal City Profile

Although the majority of Quebec is French speaking, much of the English speaking population is centered in Montréal. Steeped in culture and European history, immigrants make up a third of the population of modern day Montréal making is a vibrant and multicultural cosmopolitan city. The main countries of origin of immigrants are Haiti, France, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, China, Lebanon, the Philippines and Vietnam

People enjoy themselves at a sidewalk cafe on Mont Royal Avenue in Montreal

avenue du Mont-Royal has recently been converted into a pedestrian street during summer months

From the public piano's that scatter neighborhoods in the summer months to gliding over 200 km of groomed cross-country skiing trails in winter or learning to create snow sculptures from a local artist at Parc Frédéric-Back, Montréal has a lot to offer! Winter months are full of outdoor activities, you can even borrow snowshoes, sleds, crampons and walking sticks from four of the city's libraries. For the cold-wary, Montréal has a network of underground passages nearly 30 km (18.6 miles) long that lead to shops, offices, department stores, concert halls, parking lots, hotels, restaurants and cinemas.

You can have a decent live even though you don't have a lot of money. You can do a lot of things with little money. There is a lot of museums, place to visit, universities, free activities and multicultural.

Montréal Resident for 20 years


There are many  bars, nightclubs, sport bars and cafes that are open to the wee hours. Clubs are open until 3 or 4 in the morning and are full most nights.

Shopping in Montréal is a unique experience. Montréal is a fashion centre and Montréal women and men enjoy the many one of a kind shops, boutiques and couture fashions.

With 6,000 restaurants, there is no shortage of opportunities to savour Montréal’s creative fusion cuisine, considered one of the world’s leading gourmet destinations

Art enthusiasts will find much to enjoy in the birthplace of Cirque de Soleil including Canada’s oldest art museum at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, considered to be one of the best in the country. 


With it's strategic location near the border with the United States, Montréal attracts a variety of industries including Clean Technology, Life Sciences and Health Technologies, Aerospace, AI, Video Game production, Food Services and Fintech.

Through its Talent Montréal initiative, Montréal connects skilled and experienced talent from around the world with companies in Greater Montréal.

The normal work week is 40 hours but many companies use a work week between 35 and 40 hours. A job is deemed “full time” at
30 hours a week. The work day usually starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., leaving time for family and recreation.


Despite rising real estate prices, Montréal's rents remain relatively affordable, especially for older builds. Rents are of course, very dependent on the neighborhood you live in.

Chic and residential, with impressive, elegant homes, one of Montreal's 19 boroughs, Outremont, is very family-oriented, as reflected in the many parks and playgrounds. Some 40 percent of households have children, and more than half own their home. There is also a large selection of very popular, refined restaurants and boutiques.

Located about 45 minutes from downtown, the suburbs of North Shore which is comprised of 20 municipalities, known for good quality of life, reasonable rent and spacious housing, North Shore is popular with younger family's. Houses generally have a yard and/or swimming pool. 

Explore the events, facilities and programs offered by the Montréal boroughs.

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