City of Montreal

City of Montreal

May 31, 2005 14:35 ET

City of Montreal/Montreal Heritage Policy: A Common and Shared Vision of Collective Values

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - "The adoption of the heritage policy confirms the city's leadership role in the field of heritage," said Francine Senecal, Vice-Chairwoman of the Montreal Executive Committee responsible for culture and heritage, at a ceremony today marking the adoption of this policy by city council. The administration intends to assume an exemplary role as owner and manager, together with its partners, in the implementation of the policy by determining orientation, objectives and appropriate actions.

This policy is based on the report of an advisory group mandated by the city and presided over by Mrs. Greta Chambers, and on the results of public consultations, which confirmed the need to protect, preserve and promote the many facets of Montreal heritage and to increase awareness and knowledge of heritage. Mrs. Senecal underscored how interest in heritage is attributable to the quality of the work, initiatives and determination of citizens, associations, civil and religious institutions, as well as the municipal expertise in the matter.

"Montrealers' commitment to their heritage and the energy they readily devote to enhancing heritage have been demonstrated by the number and diversity of the memoranda presented by citizens, associations and city partners representing government and the private sector. The participants have clearly expressed their eagerness and enthusiasm to become associated with the city in implementing this policy," she added.

Implementation of the policy

Implementation of the policy will extend over approximately ten years, with a start-up phase from 2006 to 2009. An annual evaluation of this policy, developed in association with borough departments, corporate departments and concerned bodies, will focus on the advancement of planning for each implementation phase. Information on the city's Web site will enable the community to follow the various phases, get an overall view of actions involved and regular updates on the process.

Actions stemming from the policy

Soon, the city of Montreal will renew an agreement with the ministry of culture and communications enabling the city to take firm action to preserve the city's distinct character. Also, the creation of a heritage and toponymy bureau will play a pivotal role in the implementation of this policy. It will enable the city to support the heritage milieu and promote networking.

Also as an exemplary owner, the city will take stock of municipal buildings with heritage value. The administration also will set up a special fund dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of its heritage properties. Included are restoration work at the maison LeBer-Lemoyne in the Lachine borough, the maison Nivard-de-Saint-Dizier in the Verdun borough and the mill in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Preserving religious heritage

Montreal distinguishes itself from other cities through the abundance and quality of its religious heritage. In addition to their sacred character, the buildings have a great historic, artistic and symbolic value. The administration recognizes this heritage element. The city plans to continue to co-operate with the Fondation du patrimoine religieux to complete inventory of places of worship and, with the help of its Conseil du patrimoine, expects to detail the inventory to learn more about and determine the value of the buildings. Similarly, the city hopes to create an action plan specific to religious heritage. In this respect, a study on the creation of a heritage trust which will ensure the taking over of certain excess elements of the religious heritage will be conducted in partnership with the Quebec ministry of culture and communications, the Commission de la capitale nationale du Quebec and the city of Quebec.

Urban heritage

A major awareness operation will be conducted with residents to enable them to take over their heritage and contribute to its preservation and enhancement. The publication of 27 booklets on urban heritage evaluation in the boroughs will highlight the rich and varied heritage in the boroughs.

"These concrete actions are examples that enable us to anticipate the benefits of concerted action between the city and it partners. They reflect the concerns and aspirations regarding the future of Montreal heritage," said Mrs. Senecal.

The policy places heritage at the heart of city action and its implementation brings together the community as well as major promoters and government. To carry out its actions, the city plans to improve its intervention structure with its partners to ensure maximum use of resources aimed at preserving and enhancing Montreal heritage and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the parties involved.

Contact Information

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    Ville de Montreal
    Stephanie Jecrois
    Relations avec les medias
    (514) 872-4641