VitalSigns of Greater Montreal 2008 Foundation of Greater Montreal's website
Comment Vital Signs
  • In 2007, the obesity rate of Montreal adults was
    14.8%, compared with 11.8% in Toronto and 8.6%
    in Vancouver. Montreal’s obesity rate was slightly
    lower than the Quebec (15.3%) and Canadian (16%)
    averages, but it was higher than the rate observed
    in 2003 (13.6%).1

    Obesity Rate,
    Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver
    CMAs, 2003,2005, 2007

  • From 2003 to 2007, the proportion of Greater Montreal
    residents aged 12 years and over who took part in
    physical activities during their leisure time dropped
    from 46% to 44.7%.1
  • In 2005, children aged 5 to 14 years old in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver took part less regularly (47%) in organized sports than did those living in smaller cities (58%). Thus it would appear that living in a large metropolis has a negative effect on participation in regular sports activities. The involvement of young Canadians in sports has declined in the past 13 years: 57% of children aged 5 to 14 took part in organized sports in 1992, compared with 51% in 2005. 2
Le programme « Ma santé, je l’améliore » de Toujours ensemble.
Le programme « Ma santé, je l’améliore »
de Toujours ensemble.
  • In 2003, approximately half (51%) of Grade 6 children on the island drank milk less than three times a day; one- third (34%) drank sodas and 42% ate potato chips on a daily basis. More encouragingly, nearly eight in ten children (78%) said they ate fruits and vegetables at least five times a day. 3
  • After declining for several years, the proportion of smokers increased by 4.2% in the last two years, reaching 24.8% in 2007. The average for Canada is 21.9%. 1
  • It has been estimated that living less than 200 metres from a highway increases the risk of giving birth to a low-weight or premature baby. On the island of Montreal, 6% of future mothers live close to a highway. 4 5


1 Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS 2.1) 2003, Cansim Table 105-0292 for Canada, Provinces, CMAs and Health Regions, terminated table. For 2005 and 2007, Canadian Community Health Survey, Indicator Profile, for Canada, Provinces and Health Regions, Cansim Table 105-0502.
2 W. Clark, Kids’ Sports. Canadian Social Trends, June 3, 2008. Cat. no. 11-088-X. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2008.
3 Direction de santé publique, “Focus on Youth: Support through Understanding.” 2004-2005 Annual Report on the Health of the Population. Montreal: Agence de développement de réseaux locaux de services de santé et de services sociaux, 2005.
4 M. Généreux, N. Auger, M. Goneau, and M. Daniel, “Neighbourhood socioeconomic status, maternal education and adverse birth outcomes among mothers living near highways.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62.
5 M. Généreux, “The Likelihood of adverse birth outcomes among mothers living near highways according to maternal and neighbourhood socioeconomic status.” PowerPoint presentation, Vancouver, June 11, 2008.