Family life in Montreal: getting the best of both worlds

A quarter of a million families, with nearly half a million children, have chosen to live in Montréal. Why? Choice and convenience. Raising a family in Montréal is so much simpler—and more affordable!
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Une mère et un père tenant leur deux enfants dans les bras posent devant un pont dans un parc

A STIMULATING LIFESTYLE… THAT MAKES MORE SENSE

Nowadays, young parents want to spend more high-quality time with their kids. The time spent stuck in traffic, the cost of gas, the cost of a second car… all of these factors give them pause. In addition, there’s the impact of driving on the environment, a cause that really matters to them. Young parents want to provide their children with an open and stimulating environment, where they can constantly make new discoveries. Family life in Montréal offers young parents the perfect solution.

WHERE NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE LIKE VILLAGES

There’s a saying that claims that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, why not an urban village? Montréal is made up of many village-like neighbourhoods and districts, built around a main commercial street that provides all the local services residents need. These areas are heavily populated and favour a mix of age groups and ethnic backgrounds. These environments, which operate at a human scale, include public gathering spaces such as parks, terraces, and esplanades that foster conversation among residents. These “villages” are also very safe because they promote a true sense of belonging among the residents, who keep an eye over their neighbourhood. Is there a better place for raising kids?

A PLACE WHERE PARENTS ARE MORE THAN JUST CHAUFFEURS

Urban families want their kids to have access to what’s best… without necessarily having to drive. Parks, daycares, schools, grocery stores, libraries, sports facilities, and cultural centres are all close at hand for the whole family, a short walk or bike ride away. Montréal features one of the best public transit systems in North America, 530 kilometres of bike paths, and a 5,000-bike network known as Bixi. With all of these options, Montréal residents can easily extend their radius of action at little cost.

SO MUCH TO DO, SO MUCH TO SEE, AND SO MUCH TO ENJOY!

Whether you’re interested in sports, culture or leisure, whether you’re a child, teen or adult, and whatever your level of interest, Montréal has what you’re looking for—and more. Families in our city have access to a vast array of leisure and sport activities to suit all tastes and preferences, including municipal facilities and hundreds of associations, schools, and workshops. Family life in Montréal is active and culturally stimulating!

HOUSING MADE FOR FAMILIES

Montréal offers an impressive selection of affordable properties well-suited to family life. The city’s residential fabric is more dense, of course, but it consumes less energy and is more environmentally friendly. And there’s no need for a yard the size of a football field—just think of the maintenance required!—to feel fulfilled. Backyards, large balconies, terraces, patios, alleyways, neighbourhood parks, nature parks—the options are almost endless if you want to play outdoors… and make new friends. And thanks to a broad range of financial assistance programs for the purchase or upgrade of a property in Montréal, young families receive a helping hand when house-hunting.

MONTRÉAL… FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW

For some, family life in Montréal is a way of giving their children what is best, including opportunities to spend more time together as well as ready access to daycares, parks, and schools within their neighbourhood. Living in Montréal is choosing a way of life that is compatible with the needs of all family members. Not just their needs today, but future needs as well. Choosing Montréal is to be closer to the heart of things… without losing your shirt.

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