Inaugurated in 2004, the Quartier international is a new urban area located between the city's business district and Old Montréal. As a large-scale development and revitalization project, the QIM's mission is to promote and develop Montréal's international role. It is an environment that is truly contemporary, prestigious and exclusive offering an exceptional quality of life right in the heart of downtown.
Given its superior development concept and status as Canada's hub for international activities, the Quartier has become Montréal's prime sector for strategic growth. The project, representing an investment of more than $90 million, is the product of a unique partnership between public and private sectors. To this day, spinoffs from this major undertaking total more than $1 billion.
Restoring the link between two of Québec's major tourism sectors, the QIM is designed to be a showcase for Montréal's talent and expertise, a choice site to display a model of innovation in design, architecture and planning and to stage cultural activities. The redevelopment of Square Victoria with its series of fountains and the creation of Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle featuring Riopelle's bronze sculpture-fountain and ring of fire entitled La Joute (The Joust) are only a few of the attractions that visitors can now discover. A Cultural Discovery Walk integrating 24 cultural attractions is designed to give visitors a discovery tour of the Quartier's hidden treasures.
Open to the world, the Quartier international de Montréal is first and foremost a unique and stimulating environment accessible to all.
The QIM project would not have been possible without the vision and social conscience of the sector's adjacent landowners. In fact, these landlords voluntarily accepted to invest in a public project not only to maximize their investments but also to become involved in a meaningful way in improving the environment for their employees and everyone who comes to the Quartier international.
Through the Quartier international de Montréal Adjacent Landowner Association, property owners agreed to invest more than $8 million on the public domain (streets, sidewalks, trees, parks, etc.) by way of a voluntary local improvement tax.
These visionary landowners include:
The success of the Quartier international originates with its unique partnership formula that brings together the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Landlords Association of the Quartier international de Montréal (ARQIM). This partnership operates through the société du Quartier international de Montréal, a non-profit organization. Each partner is represented on the board of directors and participated fully in this novel project that is shaping the future of Montréal. Through active personal involvement, each representative brings an important contribution to the table, which is critical to each project's success.
In resurrecting the idea of a Quartier international in 1997, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec played a crucial role in ensuring that all the necessary conditions to go forward with the project were met. It should be noted that the project represented an investment of more than $90 million.
The financial participation of the Governments of Canada and Québec was essential to the realization of this urban development initiative. By contributing $30 million each, these governments ensured a solid financial base for a project endorsed by the entire Montréal community.
Given its expertise in urban development, and as owner of the public lands targeted for development, the City of Montréal is a vital partner in realizing the project's vision. The City's investment totalled more than $14 million in contributions as well as in human resources.
The success of the QIM partnership is largely due to the involvement of the sector's landlords. Working together under the Landlords Association of the Quartier international de Montréal (ARQIM), property owners were a mobilizing force for the project, contributing $8 million through a local improvement tax. This private sector participation in a project strictly dedicated to the improvement of public lands is an excellent indicator of the business community's level of confidence in the Quartier international and in the Montreal economy in general.
It should also be noted that the contribution by the private sector was secured through the financial participation of several major Québec corporations who acted as Grands Partenaires (Major Partners) ($1 million), Partenaires associés (Associate Partners) ($500, 000) and Partenaires (Partners) ($100, 000) for a total exceeding $8 million.
Given the level of mobilization that it created, the Quartier international is a testament to the success of a partnership bringing together private and public sectors for the greater good of the Montreal community.
Grands partenaires/Major Partners
Partenaires associés/Associate Partners