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The city contract:
An innovative tool that opens up the future of the new City of Montréal
Montréal, January 30, 2003 / The city contract that we are introducing today marks a new era in
relations between the Government of Québec and the City of Montréal. In addition to alleviating certain
negative aspects inherited from the past, the main force of the contract is that it lays the foundation for
shaping a new city.
This is the message that was delivered today by the Québec Municipal Affairs, Environment and Water
Minister, André Boisclair, and the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, at the presentation of the
Montréal city contract. This five-year agreement (2003-2007) will enable Montréal to take on its role as the
economic engine of Québec and a generator of wealth. The contract is the result of the Sommet de
Montréal. In June 2002, some 3,000 citizens and partners in the development of Montréal shared their
vision of the new city and set the foundation of its evolution.
“The first of the three phases of the contract enables Montréal to reach a new status based on increased
independence and accountability of the new city and its boroughs. Also, to avoid transferring major
problems to future generations, we are introducing measures to reorganize city finances now. This will help
us focus all our energy on creating and sharing new wealth”, said Mayor Tremblay.
“The city contract recognizes that the economic, social and cultural strength of the new city creates a strong
pole of attraction for development in Québec. Montréal is part of the Government of Québec strategy aimed
at full employment. All the means that are implemented should translate into sustained job creation to the
tune of 50,000 jobs per year. To contribute to this effort, the new city must have the flexibility to bring
about and assume its growth. Through its financial commitment, the Government of Québec is giving
Montréal the means to meet its ambitions to alleviate the tax burden and give the city modern
infrastructures and services in areas of importance such as housing, transportation, the environment,
culture, and social and community development. By freeing the administration from certain constraints,
and by choosing accountability, the city contract is a vote of confidence in the future,” said Minister
The city contract is introduced as a genuine urban intervention strategy which aims at giving Montréal
the adequate tools that will promote positioning on the international scene and provide healthy and safe
environments locally. Using a concrete and shared action plan which determines mutual commitments and
expected results, the city contract focuses on priority development challenges faced by the metropolis.
To implement their strategy, the Government of Québec and the City will make major investments totalling
$2.5 billion. While the City will invest $1 billion, $525 million of which will stem from recurrent savings,
the Québec Government’s financial commitment will reach up to $1.4 billion, $587 million representing
new financial commitments.
Also, thanks to a Government of Québec contribution of $240 million and a refunding operation made
possible by a positive economy, the city contract focuses steadfastly on the actuarial deficit of the former
City of Montréal which puts a burden on the city’s future.
The city contract also represents a first step toward the establishment of new rules for partnership between
Québec and the City, which will be supported by the prior definition of priorities, independence in the
decision-making process, flexibility of administration, rapid, efficient municipal intervention, the ability of
government to adapt to specific environments as well as the transparency of actions and accountability of
The city contract introduces new management formulas and procedures that will strengthen the ability of
Montréal to react locally and will also reduce administrative requirements and delays through the
immediate decentralization of certain functions, by alleviating standards and procedures and by legislative
changes aimed at softening certain controls.
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