Montreal, poor child of major Canadian cities

ville-montreal-moins-performante-autresThe City of Montreal is less efficient than other large Canadian cities, ahead of the first comparison of the services of the five major cities. Far from letting befall the administration says Coderre now have the tools in hand to improve his performance and rank ahead of the pack.

The City of Montreal joined in June 2014 to the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI), which compares the performance of major cities. This data allowed the Québec metropolis to compare its performance in 94 areas, as Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Quebec. The Coderre administration aspires to be enthroned at the top of these comparisons in a few years, but the task is difficult, since Montreal pulls the leg in the majority of indicators. The opposition, however, regrets the lack of some of them, such as the unemployment rate and the vacancy rate for commercial premises.

Less efficient police service

Several indicators show that the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM) is less efficient than other police forces in the country. Montreal is indeed a city that spends more to ensure the safety of its territory. In 2014, the city has spent $ 426 per capita for its police services, against $ 395 to $ 303 for Toronto and Ottawa. With 308 employees per 100 000 inhabitants, the SPVM has over citizens by staff that the bodies of other large cities. It thus identifies 280 202 in Toronto and Ottawa.

Streets in poor condition

Montrealers will not be surprised to learn: their city is by far the least efficient for street maintenance. Clogging of potholes, sealing cracks and other repairs: Montreal spends an average of $ 28,000 to maintain each lane kilometer. This is nearly three times more than Toronto ($ 9,860) and some four and a half times more than Calgary ($ 6,126). Barely 38% of the streets of Montreal are in “good or very good condition.” This is significantly less than in Calgary (81%) and Toronto (78%), but still more than in Ottawa (19%). Montreal explains this situation by the high obsolescence of roadways.

Expensive garbage collection

Quebec’s metropolis is also one of the cities where it costs more to collect waste that citizens bring to the street. Montreal spends an average of $ 147 per ton to collect garbage. This is slightly less than in Calgary ($ 148), but significantly more than in Toronto and Winnipeg $ 79 ($ 76).


The numerous deficiencies observed in performance already allow the City of Montreal to target solutions. Thus, as the metropolis is the city that puts the most time to pay its suppliers, the administration is reviewing its billing system to speed up payments. Montreal also aims to improve the productivity of its snow removal crews, since the metropolis is the city where it costs more to clear the streets.

Montreal is in the middle of the pack for …
• Surprising as it may seem, Montreal is located in the midfield for the number of water pipe breaks. In 2014, Quebec’s largest city reported 22.6 breaks per 100 km of pipes. This is less than in Toronto (29.6) and Winnipeg (28.3), but significantly more than in Calgary (5.1) and Ottawa (8.1).

• Montreal is also located in the midfield for the number of building permits issued. Calgary grants much more, but Quebec’s metropolis compares favorably in Toronto.

• With 2.5 copies per capita, Quebec’s largest city is also in the average for the number of books available in libraries. However, it is much less than in Toronto, where the lists in 3.8, but more than in Winnipeg, where we consider only 1.8.

Montreal is best for …
• The Montreal firefighters respond to emergencies more quickly than their Canadian colleagues. They take an average of 6.3 minutes, 6.6 against 6.9 in Toronto and Winnipeg.

• Expenditures of Montreal culture fell $ 3 per capita between 2013 and 2014, but Quebec’s metropolis continues to invest more than other Canadian cities. In comparison, Toronto has invested $ 33 per capita on culture and Calgary, $ 22.

• Montreal has better performance by public transport. On average, there are lists 215 trips per capita, against 190 in Toronto and just 74 in Winnipeg.

Limits of the exercise

Not easy to compare performance from one province to the other cities, found the City of Montreal, which highlights several limitations to exercise. First, local governments in the rest of Canada perform certain skills that fall by the provincial government, such as social assistance, emergency accommodation, social housing, child care or the emergency medical services . Montreal also states that these indicators do not reflect the level of service offered to the population. Quebec’s largest city also waived publish results for parks and sports, saying more data is incomplete.

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