Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

September 03, 2009 10:53 ET

Redevelopment of Outremont Rail Yards Gets Green Light

Investment of $120 million will create jobs and stimulate the economy

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Finance for Quebec, as well as the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, together with the rector of the Universite de Montreal, Mr. Luc Vinet, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec have prioritized the rehabilitation and development of the Outremont rail yards in Montreal. This project could receive joint funding of up to $60 million through the Major Project Component of the Building Canada Fund. In addition, Mr. Gerald Tremblay, Mayor of the City of Montreal, confirmed the city's $60-million commitment to complete the infrastructure work that will stimulate the heart of the metropolis. The total cost of the project is $120 million.

"Our Government's support for the completion of the Outremont rail yards project is another example of the importance we attribute to knowledge-based infrastructure, urban development and the environment," said Minister Paradis. "Our investment in this great project will give the Universite de Montreal extra space for new, suitable facilities for teaching and research, and it will create jobs and support the local economy in the short-, medium- and long- term."

"By participating in this major project, the Government of Quebec is moving ahead to provide municipalities and organizations in Quebec with infrastructure adapted to our realities and based on sustainable development. This is an essential element of a modern economy and a creator of wealth. By injecting new capital to the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, the government wants to accelerate the completion of numerous infrastructure work in Quebec's territory to improve the well-being of Quebec citizens, to create jobs, and support a performing economy. The Government of Quebec wants to leave municipalities and organizations with a legacy of quality infrastructure, indispensable tools to meet the challenges of the future," added Minister Lessard.

"I welcome the implementation of this important urban revitalization project in Montreal. The financial support for the rehabilitation of the Outremont rail yards adds to the overall effort by our government to improve infrastructure within the metropolis. Once developed and revitalized, this sector will be able to accommodate new pavilions for the Universite de Montreal, new affordable housing and public parks. Located in the heart of Montreal, this new space will become a dynamic and important place of university, community and social spirit, where the population's living conditions and physical setting will be greatly improved. This project will also protect the Mont-Royal and ensure the future development of the Universite de Montreal. " concluded Minister Bachand.

The completion of this preparatory revitalization work represents an opportunity, as much for the Universite de Montreal, to enable it to meet and plan for its short-, medium- and long-term spacing needs, as for the City of Montreal, which would benefit from the reform and revitalization of a major site in a highly urbanized area. In particular, this work includes the dismantling of the existing railroad tracks in the Outremont rail yard; the construction of a new rail corridor at the north end of the site to ensure enough space to for the new site usage; the decontamination of land; the demolition of the current service road and the construction of a new one at the north end of the site; and the installation of water and sewer infrastructure, reservoirs and various landscaping work.

"The university campus project proposed by the Universite de Montreal has reinforced the reputation of Montreal as a city of innovative, creative thought and open-mindedness. Also, this overall urban project enables us not only to upgrade an area that has been a nuisance in the heart of a community for a very long time, it also creates a new green neighbourhood, in line with the residential neighbourhood of Outremont. This project is based on the use of public transit, which is in line with the direction and goals of our transit plan. It will generate economic benefits in adjacent areas in line with the scientific mission of the future campus," noted Mayor Tremblay.

"Today's announcement opens the way to the installation of a Universite de Montreal campus in Outremont where we will finally be able to offer our students and our science researchers with state-of-the-art facilities. The project that we have planned for years will be realised in phases and together with our partners," concluded the rector of the Universite de Montreal, Luc Vinet. "This project meets with the vision of the pioneers of the Universite de Montreal to develop a grand research university that serves the community."

These investments are part of the Government of Canada's commitment to stimulate the economy and create jobs to help Canadians during the global economic slowdown. To this end, among other things Canada's Economic Action Plan enables the acceleration and expansion of recent historic federal investment in infrastructure with almost $12 billion over two years in new infrastructure stimulus funding.

The Major Projects Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec aims to fund the completion of major infrastructure projects, enabling communities to build infrastructure that can contribute to their cultural, economic, sport or tourism development.

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Plan to Rehabilitate and Develop the Outremont Rail Yards

The Government of Canada has identified the project to rehabilitate and develop the Outremont rail yards as a priority for infrastructure funding, and has earmarked up to $30 million for the project. The funding will come from the Major Infrastructure component of the Building Canada Fund.

The province will provide a further $30 million, while the municipality will contribute $60 million. The total estimated cost of the project is $120 million. Federal funding will be granted on condition that the project satisfies all federal eligibility requirements for the Building Canada Fund and that the Government of Quebec signs a contribution agreement.

This initiative includes dismantling the rail yards; decontaminating the land; rebuilding the rail corridor; and building a railway overpass, as well as a tunnel to link with the Acadie Metro station, and drinking water, sewer and road infrastructure.

The Outremont rail yards were built on vacant land or farmland between 1882 and 1891. The site was further developed and activities intensified between 1913 and 1950. The Tormon terminal (an intermodal terminal for rail cars and trucks) was built in 1969 and dismantled in 2006. Since then, the site has, for all intents and purposes, stood vacant, while commuter trains run along the tracks bordering the northern edge of the yards.

In March 2006, the University of Montreal purchased the rail yards. Owned by Canadian Pacific, the 185,000-square-metre site is located on the northern border of Outremont borough. The abandoned rail site is right in the heart of the city, surrounded by four boroughs (Villeray-St Michel-Park Extension, Rosemont-La Petite Patrie and Outremont) and the Town of Mount Royal.

The project will revitalize the site, which has become abandoned over the years, and make it once again a major hub of activity in the middle of the city.

The Major Projects Componentof the Building Canada Fund-Quebec aims to fund the completion of major infrastructure projects. Communities can, thanks to amounts that are granted to them, build infrastructure that can contribute to their cultural, economic, sport or tourism development.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Public Works
    and Government Services Canada
    Margaux Stasny - Assistant Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa - Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport
    and Infrastructure Canada
    Chris Day - Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Finance of Quebec
    Catherine Poulin
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    City of Montreal
    Martin Tremblay
    Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
    Universite de Montreal
    Julie Gazaille
    Press Secretary