Côte Saint-Luc median age continues to fall

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In the near future the City of Côte Saint-Luc will no longer be perceived as one of the oldest communities on the island of Montreal.

The median age in the City of Côte Saint-Luc fell from 49 to 46.2 between 2006 and 2011, according to data from the 2011 Census of Canada released today by Statistics Canada. This continues the decrease in median age that was noted in the 2006 Census of Canada, which had seen the median age decline from 50.5 to 49 years.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the few communities in Canada that is now getting younger,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This has occurred due in large measure to programs and initiatives we have put in place to attract younger singles and families and I fully expect this trend to continue until our median age is about the same as other communities on the island of Montreal.” 

According to the 2011 Census, the number of children ages 0 to 9 rose by 16 percent between 2006 and 2011, from 3,015 to 3,585 and Côte Saint-Luc saw significant growth in every age segment below age 40.
Since 2006, Côte Saint-Luc has invested in programs and services for young people and young families including the $18 million Aquatic and Community Centre established last September, water-play areas in parks, new playground equipment, more library and recreation programs for children and teens, and a dramatic society, which was founded last fall to appeal to young people who enjoy theatre. Also, the city continues to take steps to broaden its housing stock with townhouses and other dwellings attractive to younger families.   

The Census in Canada takes place every five years. It is conducted by Statistics Canada. The census provides demographic and statistical data that is used to plan public services. The data about Côte Saint-Luc is available at: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=2466058&Geo2=CD&Code2=2466&Data=Count&SearchText=cote&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=&TABID=1 

Preliminary report indicate CSL’s population is on the rise

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Preliminary report indicate CSL’s population is on the rise

Isaac Olson, February 28, 2012

The Free Press

Early census Côte St. Luc’s population is on the rise. CSL went from 31,395 in 2006 to 32,321 in 2011, according to Statistics Canada, making for a 2.9 percent increase over Montreal’s 1.7 percent. Montreal’s population went from 1,854,442 in 2006 to 1,886,481 today. Either way, CSL’s elected officials see the increase in population as a clear sign that the effort to offer citizens a gamut of services is paying off with more residential growth.

“Even in my district, where there are many seniors, developers are putting up the new townhouse complex on Marc Chagall and I am already hearing from a lot of young people who are excited to move in there,” said District 2 councillor Mike Cohen, citing another development at Cavendish Mall. “I am hearing more and more from people that want to come live here. I think the Aquatics and Community Centre (ACC) is going to be a serious draw.”

Citing a reduction in development worthy space, Cohen said he hopes there will still be more opportunities for the city and its population to grow with time. “I think we’re moving in the right direction and, on the same token, we also have a lot of seniors moving to the area and that’s also very good,” said Cohen. “This is a vibrant, exciting community with lots of activities and that’s why our senior club is so active and our ACC is such an inter-generational centre.”

When asked why he thinks the city’s population is showing signs of increasing, Mayor Anthony Housefather said the complete census results are still coming in, but he hopes the continued influx of younger residents, many with young children, are coming to the area for the more affordable housing combined with a vast array of recreational and cultural services. From the ACC to the newly redone tennis courts, the mayor noted there are also many programs for children.

“The goal really is to have programs that really attract people here,” said Housefather. “Whether it is at the library, the Recreation department or elsewhere. Maybe people move here because composting is attractive to them. We’re trying to be an innovative city and perceived that way. It’s far better to be growing rather than shrinking, so we’re happy the numbers went up like that.”

Percentage English mother tongue on census crucial to cities


The census has always provided a portrait of our people and the places in which we live. The 2011 Census, which you have received, will continue this tradition.

Census information is important for your community and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, police services and fire protection.

All residents of Canada are legally required to complete the census questionnaire.

Statistics Canada is bound by law to protect the confidentiality of the information respondents provide in the census. Only Statistics Canada employees have access to census questionnaires.

However, as you may be aware, the Parti Québécois (PQ) proposes to change the rules related to bilingual status of municipalities. This would allow the Office Québécois de la Langue Francaise to revoke a city’s bilingual status.

Currently the law does not permit the Government of Quebec to revoke a municipality’s bilingual status unless requested by the municipality itself. 

The law currently states that bilingual status is only granted to those cities which have more than 50% of their residents that declare English as their mother tongue. This is a very unfair criteria. One should be using the language people speak at home, or the official language that people most often use, in order to determine bilingual status.

But the Quebec government has made this very restrictive and the new tools the PQ wants to grant the OQLF would see many communities potentially lose bilingual status. Even a community with as many English-speaking residents as Cote Saint-Luc (CSL) would be in jeopardy.

While about 80% of CSL residents use English as their primary official language, according to Statistics Canada correspondence received by the city last year, and well over 70% use English at home, only about half of CSLers identified English as their mother tongue in the 2006 census. This is partially caused by some people who have two mother tongues (Yiddish and English, for example) believing that they should only fill in one language (Yiddish, for example) since they have identified English as their language of use at home.

It is perfectly legitimate to have more than one mother tongue response if you learned two languages simultaneously.  You are allowed to mark English and add another language (ie. Yiddish) as the other mother tongue if you learned both together as a young child.

We must ensure that as many people as possible in fill out the census and identify English (honestly, of course) as their mother tongue language.  Note that if you no longer speak your mother tongue you can say English here instead if it is your language first learned and still understood.

The ramification of not indicating English as your mother tongue, if indeed it was one of them, is huge should the next PQ government decide to take a closer look.  Please be very careful when answering the questions on language to indicate your English language preference and history. 


Read more from the Globe and Mail: 

“Party policy would also allow civil servants to revoke the now-permanent officially bilingual status of hospitals and municipalities if English is no longer the majority language in their area.”


Most Quebec cyclists don’t wear helmets

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Most Quebec cyclists don’t wear helmets

No Law Here; 59% forgo headgear compared with 46% nationally

By CHLOE FEDIO, The Gazette, June 16, 2010

More than half of the population of Quebec say they are avid cyclists, but a Statistics Canada survey reveals that the majority of those do not wear helmets when on a bike.

The 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey, made public yesterday, suggests 59 per cent of Quebecers over age 12 never wear a helmet when riding a bike, compared with the national average of 46 per cent.

Cyclists in provinces without bicycle helmet legislation, like Quebec, are less likely to use them, said Amanda Elliott, an analyst for Statistics Canada. Helmet use, according to the survey, was highest in Nova Scotia (66 per cent), the province with the strictest helmet law. Despite this, Suzanne Lareau, president of Velo-Quebec, said that number is proof that helmet laws are ineffective.

“It’s startling that in provinces that hand out fines for not wearing helmets, we’re not seeing 80 or 90 per cent of people wearing helmets. It seems like the laws are not working,” she said.

The Quebec government’s proposal to amend the Road Safety Code in the province to make helmets mandatory for children 12 and younger was frozen at the end of the session and is expected to return in the fall. There are no helmet regulations in Montreal, but they are mandatory for all ages in the city of Westmount and the municipality of CoteSt. Luc.

Lareau said wearing a helmet is a personal choice and that fining those who don’t wear a one might dissuade people from using an environmentally friendly method of transportation.

“We’re not against wearing helmets but we are against a law,” Lareau said. “We’re against the idea of penalizing people for riding their bikes, for doing physical activity. These are people who are using a transportation method that’s good for the environment, that’s good for their health.”

Patrick Morency, a public health specialist in Montreal’s health and social services department, said that while helmets can help prevent injury, a more comprehensive road safety strategy is necessary to reduce the number of injured cyclists.

“What’s killing cyclists in Montreal or seriously injuring them is vehicles -and the bigger the vehicle, the worse the injury,” Morency said. “Generally, cyclists that are killed are either hit at a high speed or by a large vehicle – and in those cases a helmet might not help much.”

Lareau said that better cooperation between cyclists and motorists is the key to preventing accidents.

“What does wearing a helmet actually do? It might reduce the chance of injury in case of an accident, but it doesn’t prevent accidents,” Lareau said. “We need to work on strategies to improve bike safety, like lowering speed limits in the city and sharing the road. That would be more effective than implementing a helmet law and then saying, ‘My job is done.’ ”


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New CSL census information on official languages

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Statistics Canada has released new statistic on First Official Language Spoken for the territory of Cote Saint-Luc.

Here is the percentage of English -speaking residents for the cities on the Island of Montreal:

Montreal West 80.1%

Hampstead 79.1%

Baie d’Urfe 74.9%

Cote Saint-Luc 73.6%

Westmount 72.4%

Dollard 71.9%

Pointe Claire 71.4%

Kirkland 69.8%

Beaconsfield 68.4%

Senneville 62.8%

Dorval 61.9%

Saint Anne 52.8%

TMR 41.1%

Montreal 27.7%

Montreal East 5.8%

The full report is available by clicking here.