After decades of neglect, Montréal East has re-emerged as a priority for economic and political partners in the metropolitan area. The December 2018 signature of the Declaration to Revitalize Montréal East by the Government of Québec and the Ville de Montréal, combined with a $100 million budget for decontaminating, redeveloping, revaluating and upgrading land in Montréal East, will go a long way to getting the effort started.
However, there are significant needs, and the requalification of Montréal East will take years. The area does not present immediate economic potential, being poorly served by public infrastructure and difficult to access by public transit. Without a vision for the future or sufficient, well-planned public investments, few players will be willing to risk the massive amounts required to kick-start this major economic revitalization.
The revitalization of Montréal East is both the challenge and the opportunity of a generation. To succeed, we need to agree on a vision, identify and schedule priority initiatives, update the territory’s economic development tools, pull together substantial budgets and put in place an effective coordinating entity.
The Chamber is taking the opportunity of consultations initiated by the Ville de Montréal on the Pointe-de-l’Île industrial sector to present its main recommendations.
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