City Profile

Population: 1,704,694¹

  • Montreal is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
  • Montreal is one of 56% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Montreal is one of 63% of cities that has a seniors strategy that includes parks.
2021 Data



ha parkland per 1000 people

4831 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

1912 total ha


of total city land is parkland

36,520 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms

2.44 ha / 1000 people

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



Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Total parks capital budget


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

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

¹2016 data ²There are an additional 1800 ha of publicly accessible green space on institutional lands not owned by the city. ³Depends on the borough. *The city is made up of 19 boroughs that are responsible for managing about 1,300 local parks. The boroughs also have separate powers and budgets to see to the cleaning of public spaces and offer social development initiatives, sports and cultural activities and urban planning services to the local population. Each borough can decide on how it breaks up these services.

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