MONTRÉAL – Create a commercial directory, start a program for terraces, promote local purchases: these are some of the actions of the first economic development plan of the city of Montreal-Norte, who wants to do retail business one of its priorities for the next five years
After two years of consultations with more than 200 professionals and experts, the district started yesterday its 2018-2023 collective economic development plan, designed with 13 partners, in the presence of Mayor Christine Black and chief executive officer of economic development, Robert Beaudry .
"Montréal-Nord is in full swing," writes Ms. Black With projects like the SRB Pie-XI, the municipality is transforming and becoming a growing commercial destination. "
The municipality intends to take advantage of its strengths, such as its strategic location, its new and immigrant population and its available spaces to develop its business, modernize its employment areas and increase its attractiveness.
He also wants to forget its outskirts and defeat his reputation for insecurity and violence in the media.
Three priority sectors
To achieve this, Montréal-Nord wants to support, among other things, three economic sectors, namely, industrial production, social economy and retail trade.
"Do not let the retail happen in Montreal North or elsewhere. This is what makes a heart, a soul, spend something. It creates a great dynamic in the city council," said Roberto Natale of Charcuterie Noël, in a video presented at the launch.
Therefore, the municipality wishes to promote "the renovation of the commercial arteries", for example, designing a program to create terraces in the arteries, supporting the establishment of voluntary trade associations, through the implementation of a tourism promotion campaign. Local purchase and establishing a "Commercial Arterial Revitalization Fund."
Retail companies account for 20% of jobs in the municipality, according to Christine Black, and 18% of companies in Montreal-Norte operate in this sector in accordance with the plan.
The Montreal-North Community Economic Development Corporation received $ 266,000 on Thursday to help local businesses in Charleroi, Monselet, Fleury, Pie-IX and some north-eastern streets in 2019..
The 54-part plan continues to notice the city's challenges as a high unemployment rate, "commercial leakage" to Laval and North Shore, a limited offer of public transportation and unequal access. to a very high speed internet network – which can limit companies to settle.