CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

May 25, 2005 15:43 ET

Montreal Equips Itself with a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2005) - The mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, announced the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, which puts citizen rights and responsibilities in writing and entrusts the ombudsman with the task of intervening in the event of a disagreement. The Montreal Charter, which has already received the executive committee's approval, will be presented for adoption by the municipal council on June 20th following a notice of motion to the municipal council on May 30th. Once adopted, the City of Montreal will be the first Canadian city to have a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, joining the European movement that gave birth to the Charte europeenne des droits de l'Homme dans la ville. The charter is set to come into effect on January 1st, 2006. The transitional period prior to its implementation will be used to inform the citizens and provide City employees with training.

"The Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities sets out the concrete commitment that the City of Montreal and all of its personnel have made to continually improve the services offered to the population. It acknowledges common values shared by Montrealers and facilitates our City's harmonious development" stated the Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay.

The Montreal Charter project was set in motion at the Montreal Summit. The task force for democracy, implemented after the Summit, oversaw its realization. The Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, which had benefited from contributions by several experts, was the subject of a vast public consultation in 2004.

A Guide

Since it clearly sets out citizen rights and responsibilities, the Montreal Charter guides relations between the citizens and the City, thus acting as an important conflict prevention and resolution tool. The rights and responsibilities are established in broad municipal intervention spectrums: (1) democratic life, (2) economic and social life, (3) cultural life, (4) leisure, physical activity and sports, (5) environment and sustainable development, (6) security and (7) municipal services.

The Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities is in the form of a municipal by-law of its own right and is implemented throughout the City of Montreal. In addition to the City of Montreal and its boroughs, it affects paramunicipal bodies, companies controlled by the City, public officials and employees or people carrying out tasks for the City. The Montreal Charter will have a major impact on the municipal service culture, where it will be widely broadcast to ensure its application beforehand.

Moreover, the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities is different from other charters that seem to be simple statements, because it imposes an obligation of results on the Montreal administration by granting the ombudsman the power to investigate, mediate and make public recommendations for all complaints based on its content. The ombudsman will also save a special section in his/her annual report dedicated to his/her intervention based on the Charter.

"In addition to bringing citizens, elected officials and the municipal administration closer together, the new Charter will help improve the quality of the services offered to the population. Montreal is giving itself an essential tool to build a future on a foundation of values such as openness, respect, solidarity, transparency and democracy that inspire us" concluded the Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay.

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Office of the mayor and the executive committee
    or
    Information: Direction des communications
    et des relations avec les citoyens
    Amelie Regis
    (514) 872-5537