Valérie Plante presents her roadmap for Montreal's nightlife
The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, the Minister responsible for the Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec, Pascale St-Onge, the minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, as well as representatives of Montreal International, Jean Laurin and Stéphane Paquet, presented the details of the economic performance of Greater Montreal , particularly in terms of attracting foreign investment in 2021./Josie Desmarais/Métro
The Mayor of the City of Montreal, Valérie Plante, wants to give a boost to Montreal's nightlife. On Monday, she presented a “roadmap” that will lead to the adoption of the very first Montreal nightlife policy as early as 2023. A total of $2.1 million will be deployed for this roadmap.
The objective of this roadmap is to test various measures to revive Montreal's nightlife while optimizing cohabitation with residents.
We want to energize the nightlife, but we don’t do it haphazardly. There are people who want to sleep and there are people who want to party, you have to live together harmoniously, and it is possible.
Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
Supporting the performance halls
In total, it’s about twenty’ actions that the City wishes to implement in this roadmap. Among other measures, the City will invest $1.4 million to soundproof some twenty alternative performance halls.
This program will concern performance halls with 400 seats or less. The latter will be able to receive a grant to carry out acoustic analyzes and carry out work to adapt.
“This new program helps to promote the development of performance halls while protecting quality of life. These actions will have a positive impact on all Montrealers and also on our economy,” explained Valérie Plante.
A series of studies will be carried out to paint an economic picture of nightlife. They will also make it possible to reflect on the opening hours of the establishments. A permanent consultation table with nightlife stakeholders will also be set up.
The general manager of Montréal 24/24, Mathieu Grondin, announced various proposals for the future governance of nightlife. In particular, he proposes to revise the noise by-law.
Montréal 24/24 also wishes to designate night areas so that activities can take place there continuously. Extending liquor license operating hours was also one of the recommendations.
“These changes will require significant investments from the City of Montreal in road infrastructure and public safety,” explained Mathieu Grondin.
In 2019, 22% of tourists had come to the metropolis for its nightlife.
This announcement comes a few days before the next Sommet de la nuit, which will take place on May 19 and 20 at the Monument-National.