Investments of $6.39 billion for the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, and the Chair of the Montréal Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, today presented the Three-Year Capital Works Program for 2017-2019. The Three-Year Capital Works program is composed of investment programs and projects that the city intends to undertake or achieve over the next three years. The new Three-Year Capital Works Program calls for investments of $6,386 million over the next three years, an increase of more than $1,146 million, or 22%, compared to with the $5,240 million investment in the 2016-2018 Three-Year Capital Works Program.

"This Three-Year Capital Works Program is based on the key orientations of the 2014 Montréal Capital Investment Program. Our goal is to accelerate investments over 10 years to upgrade the city's ageing infrastructure. Although we have begun catch-up investments, we must make significant efforts to give ourselves the infrastructure that our city deserves. We wish to give back to Montrealers a city where road and underground infrastructures are safe and efficient. To resolve the maintenance deficit, we must intensify investments and our administration is taking its responsibilities. By investing an additional $1 billion in this Three-Year Capital Works Program for the water supply, road and transportation systems and infrastructure, we are taking up the challenge of filling and eliminating the road maintenance deficit over a period of five years and the water supply and sewer network maintenance deficit over 10 years. Needless to say, these construction sites and major projects are orchestrated in ssuch a way to minimize impact on residents and businesses," said Mayor Coderre.

"These major investments involve strict budget measures to respect the ability to pay of Montréal taxpayers.   To avoid increasing debt and shifting the onus onto future generations, cash payment of capital investments increases from $991.3 million to $1,292.2 million in the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019, an increase of more than 30% compared to the 2016-2018 Three-Year Capital Works program, and up 102% compared to the 2015-2017 Three-Year Capital Works program," said Pierre Desrochers.

Major investments
The Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 calls for total investments of $6,386 million:

  • $1,831 million in 2017
  • $2,221 million in 2018
  • $2,334 million in 2019

The increase in investments for the 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program can be explained primarily by growing investments for the protection and rehabilitation of existing assets ($5,053 million compared to $4,009 million for the 2016-2018 Three-Year Capital Works Program, or more than 91% of investment growth. These investments are divided as follows:

  • Protection and rehabilitation of existing assets: $5,053 million (79.1%)
  • Infrastructure development: $1,333 million (20.9%)

More than 60% of municipal investments are dedicated to road and underground infrastructures.

Strategy to increase investments: road, water supply and sewer systems
The strategy to increase investments in the road, water supply and sewer systems and in other road and underground infrastructures is the central axis of this Three-Year Capital Works Program. To achieve this, substantive work was carried out in the light of this Three-Year Capital Works Program involving auscultation work until December 2015, to identify and measure through auscultation the degree of damage sustained by road, water supply and sewer systems. This type of inspection, which was carried out jointly by various city departments responsible for these sensitive systems, gave the city administration momentum to set as strategic goals to upgrade these three systems and maintain them in a condition worthy of a metropolis like Montréal.

Based on additional investments of $1,146 million included in the 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program, enhanced investments for water supply, road and transport systems and infrastructures represent approximately $1 billion. This increase is more significant for the following assets:

  • Roads: + $430 million
  • Water supply and sewers: +$170 million
  • Water: +$260 million
  • Infrastructure, transportation, roads: +$120 million
  • Increase of other assets: +$166 million

These investments aim at eliminating the maintenance deficit of the road system over five years and that of the water supply and sewer system over 10 years, as well as the regular and ongoing maintenance of these three systems.

Montréal Capital Investment Program
The 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program is based on the key orientations of the 2015-2024 Montréal Capital Investment Program that was implemented in 2014. The Montréal Capital Investment Program proposes a 10-year plan to accelerate investments with a view to meeting the city's investment needs as quickly as possible, especially in its ageing infrastructure. This acceleration of investments is made possible thanks to the ongoing measures included in the previous Three-Year Capital Works Program:

  • Recurring increase of the amount allocated for cash payment of capital assets over the next 10 years.
  • A decreasing annual amount of additional loans, non-recurring starting at the sixth year. This leeway has not been used in 2015 and 2016.

Cash payment of capital assets
The 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program marks major growth resulting from the strategy to increase cash payment of capital assets with an increase of $360 million compared to the previous Three-Year Capital Works Program. The amount of $1,080 million earmarked for the current fiscal period is divided as follows:

  • $280 million for 2017
  • $360 million for 2018
  • $440 million for 2019

The total cash payment of capital assets in this Three-Year Capital Works Program has increased by 30% compared to the previous financial triennium.

Investments by categories of assets
Here is the distribution of investments by categories of assets in the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 and their equivalents in terms of percentages:

  • Road infrastructures: $2,007 million, or 31.4%
  • Environment and underground infrastructure: $1,849 million, or 29%
  • Buildings: $1,233 million, or 19.3%
  • Parks, green spaces and playing fields: $721 million, or 11.3%
  • Furnishings and office equipment: $333 million or 5.2%
  • Vehicles: $110 million, or 1.7%
  • Lots: $30 million, or 0.5%
  • Machinery, specialized tools and equipment: $31 million, or 0.5%
  • Other assets: $72 million, or 1.1%

Main programs and projects included in the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 and 375th anniversary legacies
A list of the main programs and projects of the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 as well as the 375th anniversary legacies are part of the attached Annex. "With significant investments in the fields of urban development, sports and recreation, parks, green spaces, the environment, the Smart City and culture, Montréal is continuing its efforts to improve the quality of life of residents and the city's economic potential. More than ever, Montréal is asserting its position as the ideal place to live, raise a family, and for studying, working and entertainment," said Mayor Denis Coderre.

Investments dedicated to the boroughs
Investments dedicated to the boroughs stand at $446 million in the 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program.  As part of the corporate budgets in the 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program, $927 million is allocated for support projects and programs for the boroughs, bringing total investments for the boroughs to $1,374 million, a 20% increase compared to the previous Three-Year Capital Works Program. Highlights of main borough investments appear in the city's second press release.

"This Three-Year Capital Works Program lays the groundwork for the next three years, and our priorities are clear. In order to develop, Montréal needs solid foundations and an infrastructure that is in good condition. As an administration we must rise to the challenge and offer Montrealers of today and tomorrow a city that is up to our standards," said Mayor Coderre.

The documents relating to the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 are available on the Ville de Montréal website at



Main programs and projects of the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019 and Montréal's 375th anniversary legacies


PART 1 – Main programs and projects of the Three-Year Capital Works Program 2017-2019

  • Supplementary road levelling and surfacing program to quickly improve road quality: $415.4 million
  • Repair and maintenance of major arteries: $351.9 million
  • Repair of local roads, in addition to repairs carried out by the boroughs: $210 million
  • Program to rehabilitate roads involving road levelling and surfacing: $117.9 million
  • Repair of road structures, to ensure their safety and sustainability: $82.6 million
  • Development of the bike path network, aimed at developing 50 km of bike paths each year: $45 million
  • Replacement of the Jacques-Bizard Bridge: $38.5 million
  • Upgrading of street lighting: $29 million
  • Renovation work on major traffic arteries:
    • Redevelopment of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest: $72.3 million
    • Redevelopment of Complexe Turcot: $26.9 million
    • Redevelopment of Plaza Saint-Hubert: $25.8 million
    • Connection to Boulevard Cavendish: $24.5 million
    • Extension of Avenue Souligny and Boulevard de l'Assomption: $19.9 million
    • Redevelopment of the Rue Sherbrooke Est area: $15 million
  • Investments for the water infrastructure, for a total of $1,676.9 million,         namely:
    • $541.7 million for the secondary water supply and sewer network renovation program
    • $289.7 million for the ozone wastewater disinfection project
    • $141 million for projects to modernize six drinking water production plants (Atwater, Des Baillets, Dorval, Lachine, Pierrefonds and Pointe-Claire)
    • $114.4 million for work on the Rockfield, William, Lavigne and Leduc retention structures
    • $110.6 million for work on the network of primary water lines
    • $73 million to protect water supply at the Atwater plant
    • $70.3 million for the Rosemont, Dollard-Des Ormeaux and McTavish reservoirs and pumping stations
  • Continuing infrastructure work to promote private investments and urban reclassification of several neighbourhoods:
    • Support for the Outremont Campus project and its surroundings, a project that will include a university neighbourhood and strengthen Montréal's role as a city of knowledge: $51.9 million
    • Consolidation of efforts in the Griffintown area: $48.5 million
    • Urban reclassification of the Namur–Jean-Talon Ouest (Triangle) area: $27.7 million
  • Upgrading of borough service courses aimed at harmonizing services across Montréal and improving services to residents: $122.2 million
  • Development and construction of five residual material treatment facilities (two biomethanization processing centres, two composting centres and one pilot pre-processing centre), which will begin operating in 2019 to 2024: $113.8 million
  • Protection and reconstruction of property assets of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) and Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SSIM): $86.7 million
  • Upgrading of municipal arenas in support of the boroughs: $86 million
  • Implementation of the "Montréal, Smart and Digital City Strategy": $81.4 million

Other Smart City investments:

  • $7.6 million for a transportation systems program using new technologies
  • $6.3 million to implement a dynamic parking system to optimize main underground parking facilities
  • Redevelopment and upgrading of the large park network throughout the Montréal urban agglomeration territory: $65.1 million
  • Development of 153 hectares of land to be converted into an urban park at the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel: $60.7 million
  • Completion of the last phase of the Quartier des spectacles, leading to the development of Place des Arts and the Clark Esplanade: $58.5 million
  • Consolidation and development of the Montréal library network: $47.5 million
  • Continued work to implement the RFID technology in libraries: $33.2 million
  • Continuing projects and programs related to the 2013-2025 Montréal Aquatic Intervention Plan: $40.5 million
  • Acquisition and promotion of cultural facilities: $30.5 million
  • Completion of innovative projects at Space for Life:
    • Upgrading of various attractions at the Botanical Garden: $28.9 million
    • Modernization of the Biodôme: $18 million
    • Transformation of the Insectarium: $10.7 millio
  • Implementation of a renovation program for Montréal's ball parks, upgrade and make functional improvements to ball parks, in cooperation with the boroughs: $17.9 million
  • Implementation of a program to develop outdoor ice-skating surfaces that better withstand temperature variations: $7.3 million
  • Continuing redevelopment of Square Dorchester and Place du Canada: $15.7 million
  • Continuing efforts to promote the creation of social and community housing, primarily through infrastructure investment and strategic land acquisition: $7.7 million

PART 2 - Montréal's 375th anniversary legacies

With a view of the celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal's founding, in 2017, the 2017-2019 Three-Year Capital Works Program includes an investment budget of $152 million to carry out a number of unifying projects that will leave material legacies for Montréal residents.

  • Development of Parc Jean-Drapeau as a unique urban park, strengthening its potential as an international-calibre and tourist destination: $67 million
  • Redevelopment of Square Viger to restore access to Montréal's first public square: $24 million
  • Redevelopment of the Bonaventure Expressway, creating a user-friendly and prestigious entrance to downtown: $16.2 million
  • Development of the River-to-Mountain urban walkway: $12.4 million
  • Development of a portion of the urban park at the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel (of which 153 hectares will be entirely accessible to the public by 2023): $7.9 million
  • Reclassification of the area near the Ville-Marie Expressway (creating an identity-forming public space in the area near next to the Champ-de-Mars metro station): $7 million
  • Activities for the boroughs as part of Montréal's 375th anniversary: $7 million
  • Redevelopment of Place Vauquelin: $6.2 million
  • Expansion of the Pointe-à-Callière (phase 2 of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex – enhancement of the vestiges of Fort Ville-Marie and Callière's residence: $2.8 million
  • Redevelopment of the Pie-IX/Sherbrooke crossroads (creating a new park that will be home to the artwork offered by Québec City for Montréal's 375th anniversary: $1.2 million
  • Implementation of the Mount Royal Discovery Stopovers: $0.4 million


SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif

For further information: Source: Marc-André Gosselin, Attaché de presse, Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif, 514 290-1194 ; Information: Gonzalo Nunez, Service des communications, 514 868-1127

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