What is the OCPM?
The Office de consultation publique de Montréal is an independent organization whose mission is to carry out public consultation mandates entrusted to it by the Ville de Montréal city council or executive committee. The mandates primarily involve urban and land-use planning projects under municipal jurisdiction, but may include any project submitted by the executive committee or city council. The Office also has the mandate to propose rules to structure public consultation in Montréal to ensure implementation of credible, transparent and effective consultation mechanisms.
The Office de consultation publique de Montréal complies with the language policy of the City of Montreal, of which French is the official language.
"The Charter of the City of Montreal states that Montreal is a French-speaking city and, under the Charter of the French Language, the City of Montreal and its affiliated organizations are required to write all their texts and documents in French, in addition to addressing its citizens in this language first. An exception to this rule is when a citizen addresses the City in English directly, the City can answer or correspond with said citizen in English. However, it is not obliged to do so. In fact, as a matter of courtesy, the City of Montreal translates some of its documents for the citizens.
In order to promote citizen participation of Anglophones, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal offers a number of general documents and educational resources in English. We also provide translations of certain participatory tools to facilitate the contribution of Anglophones when public consultations touch on sectors or topics where their presence is important. Please note that while all consultations are lead in French, participants are invited to express themselves and submit opinions in both English or French.