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Supporting Montreal Merchants for the Holidays

11 November 2020

The health crisis is bringing major changes for Montreal businesses.


 “The holiday season is a crucial period for our merchants and more importantly this year. Thanks to a series of targeted measures, the city of Montreal and its partners hope to support local market and encourage the population to choose to purchase locally during this end of the year.”


Valérie Plante, Montreal mayor.


In 2019, the Montreal commercial activity represented

  • 4.3% of Montreal's GDP with $ 6.2 billion
  • 16,000 business establishments in the commercial activity’s sector, including 7,769 retail stores and 5,357 restaurants, that to say 1/4 of business establishments
  • 214,600 jobs, or 18% of total employment in the agglomeration

Montreal businesses are facing many new issues with Covid-19 arrival

- Gathering prohibition and social distancing measures

- Increase and significant competition of online purchases

- Increased demand for in-store pickups

- Access to commercial arteries and shops

- A critical economic and financial situation

6 targeted measures worth 6 million dollars of the city of Montréal to support Montreal merchants

  1. Local buying’s Campaign


In partnership with Le Panier Bleu, the City of Montréal is launching a vast awareness campaign to promote local consumption. This campaign will be implemented in the region and will highlight the diversity and quality of the commercial offer. It will be deployed online and on street displays from November 16th to December 31th.


In addition, new crowdfunding initiatives will be supported until June 2021 by the Société de développement commercial (SDC), merchants’ associations and chambers of commerce.  $600K will be added to the program to financially support the recovery of Montreal business activities.


  1. Urban Delivery


The city of Montreal wants to perpetuate the sustainable delivery’s offer and to pool it for local merchants and restaurant owners through various projects.


One of the biggest project is Envoi Montréal, a carbon free and local’s delivery service platform (cargo bikes) that is integrated to e-commerce tools.


  1. Opening hours extension


From November 14th through December 31th, businesses will remain opened until 10 PM, Monday through Friday, and until 7 PM during weekends (except on December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31th).


  1. Free street parking


All paid street parkings will be free from November 14th through December 31th to attract consumers to Montreal and to ease access to businesses.


  1. Animation and Winter arrangement


Lighted and warm winter stations (consumption spaces and rest areas) will be installed in the parcs, alleys and public places near Montreal merchants in order to improve the consumer purchasing experience.


  1. The Retail Business Consolidation Fund increased


The Retail Business Consolidation Fund’s budget, managed by PME Montréal, will be increased. This fund can help merchants to accelerate their e-commerce transition, to open their online storefront and to improve their sale’s point to respect sanitary measures.


DESTL is committed to the SDC of Saint-Laurent, Quartier D

The Saint-Laurent’s borough actively supports SDC Quartier D, on boulevard Decarie North, in deploying the above mentioned initiatives. Through Développement Économique Saint-Laurent, the borough ensures the best possible support to the more than 290 merchants on this commercial artery, in the heart of old Saint-Laurent.


To learn more about the programmed activities and the retail offer, click here.



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