Exploring and Choosing Greater Montréal

An Exceptional Quality of Life

If numerous investors, international organizations and skilled workers choose to settle in Greater Montréal each year, it’s because it offers:

  • An ideal location in North America: Located at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Milan and at the same longitude as Port-au-Prince or Santiago de Chile, Greater Montréal is only a 90-minute flight from New York and Boston, making it a prime location between Europe and the U.S.
  • A convenient access: The two international airports (one for passengers, with direct flights to 140 destinations, and the other for freight), the St. Lawrence Seaway and extensive road and rail networks make the region a leading passenger and freight transportation hub.
  • A one-of-a-kind personality: A successful blend of European and American culture, business (industry, infrastructures, transportation, communications) and entertainment (arts, culture, fine dining).
  • A favourable economic outlook: The stability of Canadian banks and the diversity of industrial activity in Montréal have allowed the city to withstand the economic downturn. Many sectors related to advanced technologies and creativity are growing and are constantly recruiting new talent.

Four Million Residents

  • Surface area of 4,000 km2 (1,544 sq. miles)
  • GDP of $186 billion
  • Top university city in Canada
  • Over 45,000 university graduates each year
  • 11 academic institutions, including four general-education universities (two French and two English)
  • 54% of the population is bilingual (French and English)
  • Access to a market of 500 million consumers through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • 65 international organizations
  • 2,200 subsidiaries of foreign companies

Did you know?

Montréal is one of the New York Times’ top 10 world’s hippest cities.

  • Top city in the world for undergraduate university studies, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Best global tourist destination (NewNowNext Awards 2011)
  • Best mass transit authority in North America, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), 2010
  • Top city in North America and 11th most bicycle friendly city in the world, according to Copenhagenize, 2013
  • “Best Major American City for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Strategy” in fDi Magazine’s American Cities of the Future 2013/14 rankings.
  • World’s third best summer city (Lonely Planet, 2011)

These outstanding global rankings are in addition to those for Canada:

  • Leading G7 nation in terms of equal opportunities for persons from all origins, IMD, 2012
  • Ranked 2nd among G7 nations and 6th in the OECD (out of 34) in terms of living conditions and quality of life in general, OECD
  • 6th happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2013

Did you know?

There are more than 120 cultural communities in Greater Montréal and 50% of the area’s population is bilingual (French and English).

While it is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, Montréal is the most multilingual city in Canada: more than half of its residents are fluent in French and English, and 20% are fluent in three languages or more. This linguistic mosaic reflects Greater Montréal’s openness to immigration: currently, close to one-third of Montréalers were born outside the country.

Four Seasons

Because of Québec’s latitude and location, Greater Montréal enjoys a four-season continental climate that is characterized by moderately cold winters and relatively hot summers.

  • Winter. From mid-November to late March, Greater Montréal is transformed into a winter playground where residents can enjoy sports such as skiing, skating on the many outdoor rinks, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and much more. Temperatures are cold (-15°C on average) but there is plenty of light thanks to the snow and the number of hours of sunlight (more than in Paris or Brussels). Houses are heated and insulated for maximum comfort, and underground passageways in the downtown area allow residents to shop for hours without having to venture outside.mtl_mi_couple_gazon_vport_horiz
  • Spring is short but spectacular: in just a few weeks, plants come back to life and transform the landscape.
  • Summer, which extends from late May to late August, is often hot with brief periods of humidity. This is the time to enjoy summer festivals, outdoor activities, bike rides and lounging on café and restaurant patios.
  • Fall. From September to November, nature puts on a colourful display of bright green, crimson red and yellow ochre in some of the most spectacular landscapes in North America.

365 Days of Joie de Vivre a Year

Evidence of Greater Montréal’s quality of life can be seen everywhere. In its cultural effervescence and the roughly 120 annual festivals that celebrate music, comedy, theatre, song, film, art and literature. In its professional sports scene and crowd-pleasing events, such as hockey, soccer, football, tennis and Formula 1 racing. In its extensive network of bicycle paths and conveniently accessible outdoor facilities. In its climate of safety, efficient public transit system, fine dining, museums and night life. In the art of living, tasting, creating, giving and receiving.

82 Municipalities

Greater Montréal is made up of 82 municipalities on the Island of Montréal, Laval, and the north and south shores. A wide variety of affordable housing is available for sale or rent. In Greater Montréal, you can realize your dream of living in a post-industrial loft in the downtown area, a 100-year-old Victorian mansion, a modern functional single-family home, or a more rustic home with 450 m2 (4,800 ft.2) of land. In addition, and like many Montréalers, on weekends you can explore the Laurentians or the Eastern Townships—two resort areas for sports and nature lovers located less than 100 km from Montréal— where reasonably priced cottages and country homes are available.

Find out more :

– Explore Greater Montréal’s map
– Five reasons you should settle in Greater Montréal
 AngloINFO, the global expat network