The Société de développement Angus has announced that it will be expanding its service area to requalify other potential sites in the east of Montreal.
For greater equality between the east and west of the Island of Montreal
In front of 500 people gathered for the public meeting on September 6, the Société de développement Angus (SDA) announced a major turning point in its activities: expanding its service area to requalify other potential sites in the east of Montreal. The different projects that SDA will be carrying out in this vast area will contribute to reducing the widespread inequality between the east and west of the Island of Montreal that has developed and increased over the last few decades, and will work to rebalance the area’s strengths and resources.
“We would like to make the best use of the expertise that we have developed in requalifying areas and our ability to mobilize partners to contribute to the economic and social boom in the east of Montreal, a sector with pressing needs,” said Christian Yaccarini, CEO of SDA.
The east of Montreal, an area of inequality
Beginning at Iberville St, the east of Montreal covers a large area of about 130 km², which is more than 25% of the entire island’s surface area. Around 500,000 people live there, which represents about a quarter of the island’s population.
The east of Montreal has been home to heavy industries and manufacturing companies for over a century, which has contributed to the economic boom in Montreal and Quebec. However, these industries have left the area ravaged, contaminated and desolate.
All of these socio-economic factors confirm that the east of Montreal is clearly at a disadvantage compared to the centre and west of the island:
• Higher unemployment rates, higher number of low-income workers, shorter life expectancy
• Higher rate of dilapidation of educational buildings, substantial delays in mobility for workers and goods compared to the centre and west of the island
• Noticeably more disadvantaged, according to common criteria (health, low income, education, immigration, living conditions, housing, crime rates, etc.)
• In addition to these unfavourable factors, there are also infrastructure projects that are continually being delayed: extending the blue line, repairing Notre-Dame St., updating the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital facilities, etc.
Territorial inequalities are at a risk of getting worse over the next few years with major infrastructure projects in the west and centre of the island taking place, in particular with the Réseau express métropolitain, the Turcot interchange and the Champlain Bridge.
Moving towards more widespread territorial equality
With the Technopôle Angus located in the Rosemont neighbourhood and the Carré Saint-Laurent in the Quartier des spectacles in Montreal, the SDA has demonstrated their ability to carry out sustainable urban requalification projects, driving important social, environmental and economic change.
As the CEO of SDA, Christian Yaccarini, explained, “The east has a strong negative image attached to it, but it has strong potential for development, which is an extraordinary opportunity to reduce the urban sprawl of the metropolitan area. It is essential that we requalify these areas and fill them with beauty and pride. “
The SDA’s projects in the east will focus on social innovation, quality job creation, green infrastructures and affordable, social housing for families, among other things. In order to generate this structuring and lasting impact in local communities, the SDA will give preference to developing partnerships that will allow for all parties to be involved at the same time on multiple levels, so that the residents of the east of Montreal will also be able to enjoy infrastructures and quality jobs, state-of-the-art services, green spaces and a better quality of life.