Office de consultation publique de Montréal Files Annual Report
Montréal, May 12, 2008 – The year 2007 marked the fifth anniversary of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, which was created through legislation in 2002. Upon filing its annual report, the Office took advantage of the opportunity to reveal quantitative data on the consultations held under its mandate.
In five years, the Office has worked on 69 projects, held 250 consultation meetings, and allowed the information and participation of more than 20,000 citizens. The projects involved include the redevelopment of the Benny Farm site, the McGill University Health Centre on the Glen Yards, the revision of the City’s new Master Plan, the CHUM project downtown, the expansion of the Tennis Canada site at Parc Jarry, the master development plan of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery, as well as draft policies, such at those on cultural development and heritage.
In 2007, several major projects were the subject of consultations held by the Office: the expansion of the Université de Montréal campus on the site of the Outremont rail yards, the expansion of the Hôpital Sainte-Justine and Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the development of the Contrecoeur site, the redevelopment of the Viger station and hotel, and the family policy. Also, for the first time, at the request of the mayor of the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, the Office was given the mandate to assist the borough with its consultation on the Montréal Master Plan.
Internet serving public consultation
To allow the widest possible dissemination of information, the Office joined the information highway from the very beginning of its operations, and visits to its Web site have increased ever since 2003. For instance, in 2007, the website counted 525,000 visitors. Recently, the Office also opened a page on Facebook, an Internet communication tool to diversify the dissemination of information on its activities.
During the most recent consultation on the Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan, the questionnaire was completed by some 3000 people, 2700 of whom filled it out on line. Of that number, 87% were from the Island of Montréal, and 13% from off the Island, attesting to the metropolitan nature of the project. “Evidently, the broader range of tools at the disposal of the Office to publicize issues involved in its consultations and gather citizens’ opinions allows it to reach citizens that it could not
otherwise reach. These new tools are an addition and complement to the more traditional consultation methods of the Office,” says Office president Louise Roy.
Created by the Charter of Ville de Montréal, the OCPM has managed over 60 consultations and held some 300 public meetings attended by almost 20,000 citizens. For more complete information about the Office, or to obtain a copy of the annual report, please visit the OCPM Web site at www.ocpm.qc.ca. You may also reach the office by telephone at 514 872-3568.
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