More about Cote Saint-Luc

Location of Côte-Saint-Luc, Québec.

Location of Côte-Saint-Luc, Québec. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Organizational Context

Looking at the geographic situation, territory, climate, population, type of business, type and number of public institutions, and the means of transportation; the City of Côte Saint-Luc has evolved into a unique and particular system.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc offers an excellent choice in sports and recreation programs, a choice of parks  and recreational facilities and a modern library which makes it an attractive residential community in the west end.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues, becoming one of the first municipalities in Québec to ban pesticides and require bicycle helmets. The City has a unique volunteer first-responder service, which was formed over 30 years ago. In 2006, it became one of the first cities in the province to introduce a “Citizens on Patrol” program. Côte Saint-Luc is a bilingual municipality with a culturally diverse population and has been a leader on human rights issues.

The City is administered by a Mayor and eight City Councillors elected to a term of four years. The City Council is assisted by a dynamic management team. The City focuses on delivering the best possible services while maintaining tight controls over its finances.

Geographic Context

The City of Côte Saint-Luc (pop. 31,518*) is located in the southwest sector of the Island of Montréal. It is a western (mainly residential) suburb of the City of Montreal.

CSL was one of 28 suburban municipalities excluding the City of Montreal on the island prior to the forced municipal mergers of 2002. Since demerger in 2006 CSL is one of 15 cities on the Island of Montreal.

CSL is just 20 minutes from downtown, Pierre-Elliot Trudea International Airport or the Trans-Canada Highway (Autoroute 40).

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third largest municipality on the island of Montréal, after the Cities of Montreal and Dollard-des-Ormeaux. The City of Côte Saint-Luc is located in the west end of the island of Montreal. Côte Saint-Luc is surrounded by the territories of the Town of Hampstead to the east, the Town of Montreal-West to the southwest, the borough of Saint-Laurent to the north, the borough of Lachine to the west and the borough of Notre-Dame-de-Grace / Côte-des-Neiges to the south and east. The territory was developed on slightly sloping ground, the eastern end being almost twelve (12) meters higher than the western extremity, hence the name ‘Côte’.


The climate is continentally humid and the City experiences four seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter).  The average temperature varies between -10.3ºC in January to 20.8ºC in July. It rains an average of 736.3mm yearly and every winter, the City of Côte Saint-Luc receives an average of 214.2cm of snow.


The City of Côte Saint-Luc is known favourably for above average salary potential, school excellence, a high standard of living, a low crime rate and strong knowledge of Canada’s two official languages, which is more advantageous compared to the average resident on the island of Montreal. The City continues to consider the aging of the population.

According to the 2006 census information at Statistics Canada (February 2008), the population of Côte Saint-Luc is recorded at 31,395 inhabitants. A segment of the population is broken down statistically as demonstrated in the following table:

Segment of the Population of Côte Saint-Luc

Language Origin Marital Status Family Characteristics Immigration / Citizenship Age
13% Francophone63% Anglophone24% Other 62% Jewish origin38% Other origins 52% Married25% Single7% Divorced

16% Other82% Married families14% Single parent families:83% female parent, 17% male parent53% non-immigrant47% immigrant_________________

90% Canadian

10% Non-Canadian30% under age 3034% 30 to 60yrs22% 60 to 80yrs

14% over age 80

Other Statistics:

55% male, 45% female

70% Anglophone, 15% Francophone, 15% Allophone (others)

70% Jewish

2.9 persons per family

Average Income: Male $38,927, Female $21,238

University Education 37%

Library Members 24,000

Dwelling units 13,135


The City of Côte Saint-Luc has six (6) important commercial zones including three (3) shopping centres serving the populations of Côte Saint-Luc and the surrounding areas. The commercial zones within the Côte Saint-Luc territory are:

  • Cavendish Mall (Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd.) and Cavendish Boulevard
  • Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Center (Côte Saint-Luc Rd. and Coronation Rd.)
  • Caldwell zone (Kildare Rd. and Caldwell Ave.)
  • Westminster south (Westminster Ave. and Côte Saint-Luc Rd.)
  • Westminster north (Westminster Ave. and Mackle Rd.)
  • Decarie Square (Decarie Blvd. and Vezina Rd.)

The 2001 Census reported the employment by detailed economic break-down for the City was as follows:

Educational Institutions

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has ten schools within its territory, including primary schools, secondary schools and an adult education centre. There is a mix of both public and private schools.

Composition and capacity of the major educational institutions of the City

Level School Location # students # classrooms
A Marymount Adult Centre 5785 Parkhaven ? ?
P École Mosaïque 5621 McMurray 600 30
P École Mosaïque Annexe 8205 Mackle 80 8
P École Mountainview 7450 Côte Saint-Luc 20 4
P Merton School 5554 Robinson 300 13
P Yeshiva Yavne 7946 Wavell 600 30
P & S Hebrew Academy 5700 Kellert 600 32
S Bialik High School 6500 Kildare 600 30
S École Maimonides 5615 Parkhaven 300 15
S John Grant High School 5785 Parkhaven ? ?
P: Primary, S: Secondary, A: adult education

Religious Institutions

Côte Saint-Luc is home to five (5) synagogues and one (1) church, plus a small number of synagogues located within institutionally or commercially zoned buildings.

Composition and capacity of the major religious institutions of the City

Type Institution Location
S Beth Zion 5740 Hudson
S Beth Israel Beth Aaron 6800 Mackle
S Tiffereth Beth David 6519 Baily
S Beth Rambam 5780 Westminster
S Or Hahayim 5700 Einstein
C St. Richard’s Parish 7070 Guelph
S: Synagogue, C: Church

Healthcare Institutions

Two long-term health care facilities are found in Côte Saint-Luc, in addition to medical clinics, seniors’ residences and special needs residences.

Composition and capacity of the major healthcare institutions of the City

Type Institution Location # beds / apts.
H Maimonides Hospital 5795 Caldwell 450
H Mount Sinai Hospital 5690 Cavendish ?
C Cavendish Health Centre 5742 Cavendish n/a
C CLSC René-Cassin 5800 Cavendish n/a
C Kildare Family Medicine Centre 7005 Kildare n/a
S B’Nai Brith House 8000 Côte Saint-Luc 95
S Caldwell Terrace 5789 Caldwell 136
S Castel Royal 5740 Cavendish 255
S Griffith McConnell (low-rise) 5760 Parkhaven 201
S Griffith McConnell (high-rise) 5790 Parkhaven Closed  in 2010
S King David Residence 5555 Trent 86
S Le Waldorf 7400 Côte Saint-Luc 105
S Manoir Montefiore 5885 Cavendish 133
S St. Patrick Square 6767 Côte Saint-Luc 250
H: Hospital, C: Clinic, S: Senior’s residence


Access to the City of Côte Saint-Luc is primarily by roadway: no Métro (subway), train stations or bike-paths cross the City into other territories. Transportation is facilitated by bus and car within the territory of Côte Saint-Luc, along 72km of roadway. Seven (7) regular bus lines and one (1) express bus line serves the City. Buses within the territory transport residents to the following Métro stations: Plamondon (orange line), Snowdon (blue line and orange line), Villa-Maria (orange line), and Namur (orange line).

Autoroutes: The City of Côte Saint-Luc offers a choice of roads connecting it within its territory and to other Cities. The surrounding highways include Decarie Autoroute (15), Trans-Canada Highway / Metropolitain Autoroute (40), Côte-de-Liesse Autoroute (520), Ville Marie Autoroute (720), Remembrance Highway (20) and Chomedy Autoroute (13).

Airport: The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport is located just to the west of the City with easy access via connecting highways. While there is no regular flight path over the territory of the City, an alternate flight path that is used during certain wind conditions, does pass over parts of Côte Saint-Luc.

Municipal Organization

In January 2006, the City of Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted, following the forced municipal mergers of all island municipalities into the City of Montreal. After four years as a megacity, the residents of Côte Saint-Luc voted to demerge and have their own Mayor and Council in charge of local services, illustrated on the following page. The City of Côte Saint-Luc contributes to the Montreal Agglomeration Council, which oversees regional responsibilities, such as police and fire services, public transit and the municipal court system.
* Source: Decree 1173-2004 of the Quebec government “Population of municipalities and boroughs for 2005” Gazette officielle du Québec, No. 52, December 29, 2004 and MAMR.


Où Sommes Nous?

Cette collectivité résidentielle florissante est située au coeur de l’île de Montréal. Elle offre à ses 31,518* citoyens un vaste éventail d’installations récréatives, qu’il s’agisse de patinoires intérieures ou de parcs ayant mérité des distinctions. Sa bibliothèque municipale est réputée à l’échelle de la province. Son territoire comprend le mail Cavendish, l’un des principaux centres commerciaux de la région. Les logements vont d’appartements modernes et des nouvelles habitations en copropriété aux maisons de ville et unifamiliales. Les aînés y apprécient particulièrement la commodité des appartements et les services efficaces de transport en commun.

* Sources : Décret 1173-2004 du gouvernement du Québec “Population des municipalités et des arrondissements pour l’année 2005, Gazette officielle du Québec, No 52, 29 décembre 2004 et MAMR.

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