Montreal's Vital Signs 2010
There are numerous ways to be an active member of society. You can share your knowledge, your vision or your beliefs. You can also volunteer your time, your money, or your blood. This is a large area, where nothing is taken for granted and where working together makes all the difference.
  • In 2009, 54.9% of the population of Greater Montreal experienced a strong sense of belonging to their social environment. The Canadian average is 65.4%, while for Quebec it is 56.4%. 1
  • In 2006, 82% of the population of Greater Montreal was Christian, a percentage that could drop to roughly 70% by 2031, still a higher proportion than exists now in Toronto (62%) and Vancouver (50%). The number of Montreal residents who follow a religion other than Christianity could increase from 9% to 16%, while those of no religious affiliation could grow from 9% to 13%. 2
  • In 2007, in Greater Montreal, 37% of the population 15 years of age and older participated in organized volunteer activities. In Vancouver (45%), Toronto (48%), Calgary (50%), and Ottawa (51%), this type of social participation is much more prevalent. 3
  • In 2008, 21.5% of taxpayers in Greater Montreal made an average donation of $160 to charitable organizations. That is less than half of that given by citizens in other large Canadian cities. 4
  • In Quebec, the annual blood donor ratio for 1,000 residents 18 to 79 years of age has risen to 58. Laval, Montreal and Longueuil had the lowest ratio (40). On the island, the ratio is only 36. Municipalities on the west island had the highest donation rate. Conversely, in ethno cultural municipalities and boroughs, ratios were much lower. 5
  • On the island, men who give blood outnumber women (52.8% vs. 47.2%), as is the case throughout Quebec (57.4% vs. 42.6%). 5
Participation in Federal Elections
Source: Elections Canada 6

  • In 2009, 18.8% of mayors and 31.3% of municipal councillors on the island were women. On the other hand, women are better represented as presidents of school boards (60%) and as school commissioners (41%). 7
  • In 2006, Montreal municipal counsel had the smallest representation of elected visible minorities (4%) than any major Canadian city, immediately followed by Ottawa (5%), and far behind Toronto (11%) and especially Vancouver (27%). 8
  • Between 1908 and 2004, in Greater Montreal, the weekday circulation of Montrealís four daily newspapers decreased 7.8% among francophones and 18.8% among anglophones. This drop can be partly attributed to the increase in the number of free papers that flooded the market for 18 to 34 year olds and for those who spoke a third maternal language. 9
  • In 1995, in Greater Montreal, 53.8% of people who spoke a third maternal language read only English-language daily papers. Ten years later, in 2005, 51.8% read only French dailies, a reversal of the trend, which can be partly explained by the number of new complementary French dailies that hit the market. 9
Le Santropol roulant
© Santropol Roulant
dotSantropol Roulant is an innovative community organization founded and run by young people in Montreal. More than one hundred volunteers per week, most between the ages of 14 and 35, devote their time to all aspects of the life of this organization. Food is the means used to counter social isolation and promote intergenerational solidarity. For fifteen years, thanks to the energy of thousands of volunteers, Santropol Roulant has prepared and delivered more than 400,000 hot, nutritious meals to individuals living with a loss of autonomy, primarily seniors, by car, on foot, or most often by bicycle. Thatís nearly one hundred meals per day, six days a week all year long. The organization is working to create a sustainable urban food system, by cultivating rooftop gardens, and by working to develop a family of volunteers. 10

1 Canadian community health study, Cansim Table 105-0501, Statistics Canada

2 Ethnocultural diversity within census metropolitan areas (CMAs), Statistics Canada

3 Canadian study on giving, volunteering and participating, Special Request, Statistics Canada

4 Amount on line 340 on an income tax return, Cansim Table 111-0001, Statistics Canada

5 La géographie du don de sang au Québec : une analyse exploratoire, par Philippe Apparicio, Johanne Charbonneau et Gaëtan Dussault, Rapport de recherche réalisé pour Héma-Québec, Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Urbanisation, Culture et Société, 2009, 49 p.

6 Official poll results, 2004, 2006 and 2008 general elections, Elections Canada

7 Présence des femmes dans les lieux décisionnels et consultatifs régionaux, Montréal (23 avril 2010), Banque de données des statistiques officielles sur le Québec

8 La participation et la représentation politique des membres des communautés ethnoculturelles au sein des instances démocratiques municipales, par Jean-Pierre Collin et Laurence Bherer avec la collaboration de Sandra Breux, Évelyne Dubuc-Dumas, Ève Gauthier et Amélie Dubé, Groupe de recherche sur les innovations municipales (GRIM), Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Urbanisation Culture Société, Montréal, 2008, 52 p.

9 Production culturelle et langue au Québec, suivi de la situation linguistique, fascicule 6, Office québécois de la langue française, Montréal, 2008, 124 p.

10 Santropol Roulant website