OMAC : Market Profile : Montreal
Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and the second largest city in Canada. Montreal is an island about 40km long and 15km wide. Its most famous natural landmark is 233m-high Mont Royal, which on its southern side, is buttressed by the downtown business district. McGill University, major museums, and the main train station are all here as well. Shopping is excellent along Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, the main east-west drag, and in the ‘Underground City’, an ingenious 30 km warren of subterranean passageways provides access to restaurants, movies theatres, offices and metro stations.

Montreal is known as the ‘City of Festivals’; popular events include the International jazz Festival and Just For Laughs during the summer season.

In the east, downtown is bounded by Boul. St - Laurent, known as “The Main”. Street names east of this major artery bear the Est ( East) suffix, while those to the west include Ouest (West) in their name.

Heading south on Boul. St-Laurent takes you to historic Old Montreal, anchored by bustling Place Jacques Cartier and the Basilique Notre Dame. Cute cobbled lanes lead to the waterfront and the Old Port where four major piers just in the St Lawrence River. Looking south across the water, you’ll spot the two islands that make up the recreational expanse of Parc Jean-Drapeau. The Pole des Rapides district, which hugs the southern shore of the Canal de Lachine, is just west of the Old Port.

On its ways north from Old Montreal, Boul St-Laurent first passes through the city’s small Chinatown before climbing up to the Plateau Mont-Royal, a neighbourhood with a huge concentrations of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Still further north is Little Italy, another foodie mecca.

East of Boul St-Laurent, Rue Ste-Catherine leads to the Quartier Latin, home of the Central Bus Station with service to the airport and other destinations. The north-south Rue Ste-Denis, which bisects the Quartier, is another fun mile filled with myriad diversions. From here it’s only a short walk further east along Rue Ste-Catherine to the Village, the hub of gay and lesbian life in Montreal.

Montreal hosted the World Expo in 1967 and the Olympic Summer Games in 1976. The Olympic Park area is about 5 km. east of central Montreal.

The metro is Montreal’s subway system. The metro and bus system provide convenient and easy access around the city.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport ( formerly Dorval Airport) is located in the west central region of the city in Dorval, about 25 minutes from downtown.
Montreal CMA Stats and Facts
July 1, 2012 Estimate 3,969,799
Male 1,955,697
Female 2,014,102
% Canadian Total 10.36
Marital Status (2012 Estimates - Age 15+)
Single (Never married) 987,681
Married (Legal and common-law) 1,870,110
Separated (Legally Married) 62,584
Widowed 189,068
Divorced 226,237
Home Language (Top 3)
2012 Estimates % Total
French 2,667,494 68.29
English 640,013 16.39
Spanish     62,726 1.61
2012 Total Income Estimate $ 128,723,739,032
% Above/Below National Average -6
% Canadian Total 10.73
2012 Average HH. Income $ 76,559
2012 Per Capita $ 32,426
Housing (2012 Estimates)
Occupied Private Dwellings 1,681,356
Owned 911,938
Rented 769,418
2012 Estimates Male Female
Management 145,323 78,110
Business, Finance & Admin. 136,341 294,314
Natural & Applied Sci. and Rel’d 124,967 36,318
Health 28,758 97,019
Social Sci., Gov’t Serv’s & Relig’n 29,713 78,633
Education 32,104 60,383
Arts, Culture, Recr’n & Sport 40,394 47,282
Sales & Service 240,844 260,789
Trades, Transp. & EquipOps. Etc. 244,718 21,561
Primary Industries 16,454 3,700
Processing, Mfg. & Utilities 75,869 43,414
Retail Sales
2012 Retail Sales Estimate $ 49,762,817,500
% Above/Below National Average - 9
% Cdn. Total 10.36
2012 per HH $ 29,597
2012 per Capita $ 12,535
2010 new vehicles registered (Year end) 202,244
Total vehicles on the road (Dec ’10) 2,247,926
Source: FP Markets, Canadian Demographics 2012
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