Key findings

  • Montréal has a Livability Score of 88/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Montréal crime rates are 19% higher than the Quebec average
  • Cost of living in Montréal is 1% higher than the Quebec average
  • Montréal real estate prices are 17% higher than the Quebec average
  • Rental prices in Montréal are 1% higher than the Quebec average

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      Montréal, QC

      The predominately French-speaking city of Montréal is the second largest city in Canada and a commercial hub with a reputation for a lively nightlife and thriving cultural scene. Located in southwest Quebec at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, Montréal offers great employment opportunities, a low cost of living, access to the great outdoors and a cultural scene to rival any major metropolitan city around the globe. Our Montréal Livability guide will take you through all you need to know about living in and enjoying Montréal, from accommodation and utilities to the hottest entertainment and dining options.

      Any Montréal guide will talk about the high quality of life residents enjoy and it’s easy to see why. Rent and home prices in Montréal is cheaper than Toronto and Vancouver, which makes it easy to find an affordable home within your budget. Reasonably priced utilities also keep the cost of living relatively lower than the national average. Transit is also relatively inexpensive and the Metro, bus and commuter train services maintained by STM offer great connectivity within the Greater Montréal area. Many residents also cycle to get around, although this is only possible during the summer months. However, if you’re in Downtown Montréal, you’ll have no problem getting around even during the icy winter, as the area has an entire network of underground arcades, malls and pathway. Old Montréal is also another area you should check out, whether you’re a resident or tourist. The area Is home to many historical dating from the 17th-19th century as well as a number of museums. While you’re there, climb up the clock tower in Quai de l’Horloge for breath-taking views of the St. Lawrence River.

      No Montréal guide would be complete without a bit on bar hopping. The city is known for its nightlife and cultural offerings and you are sure to find interesting art shows, music gigs and restaurants on any given night. There are three main strips for bar-hopping: Crescent Street which caters to Anglophones and tourists, the more affordable Bishop Street, frequented by locals and students and the Latin Quarter, perfect for hot summer days spent dining and drinking on the outdoor patios. Or you could simply hang out in one the city’s many parks, sipping on locally brewed beer and a picnic spread. In the summers, the Jazz festival is another resident favourite that attracts some of the biggest names in the industry.

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      Source: The Montréal, QC data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2021 by Environics Analytics.