City Profile

Population: 439 754

  • Laval is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
  • Laval is one of 56% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Laval is one of 72% of cities that has a climate change action plan that includes parks.
  • Laval’s Green and Blue Framework revolves around three pillars: an urban forestry plan, a master plan for parks and public spaces and a conservation plan. These three plans will work together to achieve the city’s goals of 27% canopy cover and 10m2 of parkland per person by 2035.
  • A master plan is under development for Laval’s Centre de la nature. The plan will guide the development of the park over the next 25 years, including the types of programming and activities offered in the city’s largest park.
  • Laval launched their DEHORS (OUTDOORS) campaign in 2020, which was designed to promote safe and free outdoor activities in the city’s parks, forests and shores, including temporary infrastructure installations.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

680 ha of total parkland



of total parkland is natural area

97 total ha



of total city land is parkland

26,600 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)

10 m² of recreative area/distance, and a distance of less than 800 m from a residential area to a public space.


volunteers / 1000 people

500 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

10% of the development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Doesn’t include the area of publicly accessible forest. ²Includes land and water. 247 km² if only land is included.

Community grant program
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