Montreal City Council

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Montreal City Council

Conseil municipal de Montréal (French)
Seats64 councillors and mayor
36 / 65
22 / 65
Équipe LaSalle
3 / 65
Équipe Anjou
2 / 65
2 / 65
Last election
7 November 2021

The Montreal City Council (French: Conseil municipal de Montréal) is the governing body in the mayor–council government in the city of Montreal, Quebec. The head of the city government in Montreal is the mayor, who is first among equals in the city council. The council is a democratically elected institution and is the final decision-making authority in the city, although much power is centralized in the executive committee. The council consists of 65 members from all boroughs of the city.[1] The council has jurisdiction over many matters, including public security, agreements with other governments, subsidy programs, the environment, urban planning, and a three-year capital expenditure program. The city council is also required to supervise, standardize or approve certain decisions made by the borough councils.

City Hall[edit]

  • Shed near Pointe à Callière 1642 – as town hall
  • Château Maisonneuve ??
  • Palais de l'Intendance 1698–1713?
  • Château Ramezay 1760–1774
  • Maison Beaujeu (320 Notre Dame)
  • Bonsecours Market – home to city hall and council from 1852 to 1878
  • Old Montreal Courthouse (now Édifice Lucien-Saulnier) 1922–1926, 2019–present
  • Montreal City Hall – 1878–1922; 1926–2019 (closed for renovations until 2022)


Reporting directly to the city council, the executive committee exercises decision-making powers similar to that of the cabinet in a parliamentary system and is responsible for preparing various documents including budgets and by-laws, submitted to the city council for approval. The decision-making powers of the executive committee cover, in particular, the awarding of contracts or grants, the management of human and financial resources, supplies and buildings. It may also be assigned further powers by the city council.

Standing committees are the council's prime instruments for public consultation. They are responsible for the public study of pending matters and for making the appropriate recommendations to the council. They also review the annual budget forecasts for departments under their jurisdiction. A public notice of meeting is published in both French and English daily newspapers at least seven days before each meeting. All meetings include a public question period. The standing committees, of which there are seven, have terms lasting two years. In addition, the city council may decide to create special committees at any time. Each standing committee is made up of seven to nine members, including a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members are all elected municipal officers, with the exception of a representative of the government of Quebec on the public security committee.


The current city council consists of the mayor and 64 elected city councillors, including borough mayors. Unlike most Canadian cities, the city of Montreal has political parties; however, these are not chapters of any federal or provincial political parties, but are standalone entities at the municipal level.

Each borough is divided into between two and five districts, and has a different system of representation depending on its population. Each borough also has a five-member borough council, consisting of the borough mayor, any city councillors, and in certain boroughs additional borough councillors, as follows:

Borough Representation on city council Additional representation on borough council
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Anjou Borough mayor and 1 city councillor Borough councillors for 3 districts
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor and city councillors for 5 districts None
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor only Borough councillors for 4 districts
Lachine Borough mayor and 1 city councillor Borough councillors for 3 districts
LaSalle Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 2 borough councillors
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Montréal-Nord Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Outremont Borough mayor only Borough councillors for 4 districts
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Saint-Laurent Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Saint-Léonard Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Verdun Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 2 borough councillors
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal (ex officio borough mayor)
and city councillors for 3 districts
2 city councillors from other boroughs named by the Mayor
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None

Party standings[edit]

The most recent election was the 2021 Montreal municipal election,[2] in which Valérie Plante's Projet Montréal won 37 out of 65 available seats.

Party standings
  Party Leader Seats as of 5 November 2017 election Seats as of 7 November 2021 election Current seats
  Projet Montréal Valérie Plante
34 / 65
37 / 65
36 / 65
  Ensemble Montréal Aref Salem
25 / 65
23 / 65
22 / 65
  Équipe LaSalle Team Nancy Blanchet
3 / 65
3 / 65
3 / 65
  Équipe Anjou Luis Miranda
2 / 65
2 / 65
2 / 65
  Independent 0 0
2 / 65

Changes since 5 November 2017 election[edit]

Changes since 7 November 2021 election[edit]

  • 7 November 2021: Even though he was elected under the Projet Montréal label, Craig Sauvé announced he would sit as independent.[19]
  • 10 February 2022: Serge Sasseville, city councillor for the district of Peter-McGill, leaves Ensemble Montréal to sit as an independent.[20]

Current members[edit]

Borough Position Party Name Location
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal PM  PlanteValérie Plante C
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor PM  ThuillierÉmilie Thuillier NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Ahuntsic PM  GouletNathalie Goulet NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Bordeaux-Cartierville EM  GiannouEffie Giannou NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Saint-Sulpice PM  RoyJulie Roy NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Sault-au-Récollet PM  NormandJérôme Normand NW
Anjou Borough mayor EA  MirandaLuis Miranda NE
Anjou Councillor EA  HenaultAndrée Hénault NE
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor PM  KatahwaGracia Kasoki Katahwa C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Côte-des-Neiges PM  PopeanuMagda Popeanu C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Darlington EM  ValenzuelaStephanie Valenzuela C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Loyola PM  SouriasDespina Sourias C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce PM  McQueenPeter McQueen C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Snowdon EM  MorozSonny Moroz C
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor EM  CoteStéphane Côté NW
Lachine Borough mayor PM  VodanovicMaja Vodanovic S
Lachine Councillor PM  GrondinVicki Grondin S
LaSalle Borough mayor EL  BlanchetNancy Blanchet S
LaSalle Councillor, Cecil-P.-Newman EL  PalestiniLaura Palestini S
LaSalle Councillor, Sault-Saint-Louis EL  DeschampsRichard Deschamps S
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor PM  LessardPierre Lessard-Blais E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Hochelaga PM  CaldwellÉric Alan Caldwell E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Louis-Riel EM  ZunigaAlba Zuniga Ramos E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe PM  HassanAlia Hassan-Cournol E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Tétreaultville EM  Henault-RatelleJulien Hénault-Ratelle E
Montréal-Nord Borough mayor EM  BlackChristine Black NE
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Marie-Clarac EM  SariAbdelhaq Sari NE
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Ovide-Clermont EM  RossiChantal Rossi NE
Outremont Borough mayor EM  DesboisLaurent Desbois C
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough mayor EM  BeisDimitrios Jim Beis NW
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Bois-de-Liesse EM  LangevinBenoit Langevin NW
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Cap-Saint-Jacques EM  Clement-TalbotCatherine Clément-Talbot NW
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor PM  RabouinLuc Rabouin C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, De Lorimier PM  GiguereMarianne Giguère C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  NorrisAlex Norris C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Mile-End PM  PlourdeMarie Plourde C
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough mayor PM  BourgeoisCaroline Bourgeois NE
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies PM  ChristensenLisa Christensen NE
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Pointe-aux-Trembles PM  JourneauVirginie Journeau NE
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Rivière-des-Prairies EM  RapanaGiovanni Rapanà NE
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor PM  LimogesFrançois Limoges E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Etienne-DesmarteauCouncillor, Étienne-Desmarteau PM  AlneusEricka Alneus E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Marie-Victorin PM  PauzeJocelyn Pauzé E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Saint-Édouard PM  BlancoJosefina Blanco E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Vieux-Rosemont PM  OllivierDominique Ollivier E
Saint-Laurent Borough mayor EM  DeSousaAlan DeSousa NW
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Côte-de-Liesse EM  NazarianVana Nazarian NW
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Norman-McLaren EM  SalemAref Salem NW
Saint-Léonard Borough mayor EM  BissonnetMichel Bissonnet NE
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Est EM  GentileAngela Gentile NE
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Ouest EM  PerriDominic Perri NE
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor PM  DoraisBenoit Dorais S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Henri-Est–Petite-Bourgogne
Ind.  SauveCraig Sauvé S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-PaulÉmardSaint-Henri-Ouest PM  VaillancourtAlain Vaillancourt S
Verdun Borough mayor PM  MaugerMarie-Andrée Mauger S
Verdun Councillor, Champlain–L'Île-des-Sœurs PM  TremblayVéronique Tremblay S
Verdun Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford PM  DowneySterling Downey S
Ville-Marie Councillor, Peter-McGill Ind.  SassevilleSerge Sasseville C
Ville-Marie Councillor, Saint-Jacques PM  BeaudryRobert Beaudry C
Ville-Marie Councillor, Sainte-Marie PM  MauzerolleSophie Mauzerolle C
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor PM  LavigneLaurence Lavigne Lalonde E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, François-Perrault PM  OuelletSylvain Ouellet E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Parc-Extension EM  DerosMary Deros E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Saint-Michel EM  CorvilJosué Corvil E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Villeray PM  MusauMartine Musau Muele E

See the members of the Montreal Executive Committee



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