Minutes of the Round Table of February 3, 2015: Municipal taxation – New tools for municipal Financing

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM), some thirty Montreal stakeholders met on February 3, 2015 to discuss tax issues, municipal and alternative modes of financing for Quebec municipalities in general, and for the city in particular.

In the form of open discussion, the exchanges allowed participants from different backgrounds to compare their perception of the problem and their ideas. The discussion focused on the advantages and disadvantages of property taxes and alternative financing, the special case of Montreal and the means to achieve the city you want in the long term. In the coming months, the status of Montreal will be reviewed by the Quebec government to give it more powers and diversify its sources of revenue. The report will lead to the production of an IPAM thesis on the subject to guide the organization in its participation in future discussions.

Here is the report of the round table: Table-ronde_3février2015_compte-rendu1

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And here is a detailed outline of a brief from IPAM on the adoption of a special status for Montreal in April 2015: Mémoire-IPAM-Fiscalité-municipale.canevas.27fév

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On the Road to Fiscal Autonomy: Forms of Alternative Financing of the Property Taxes of the Municipalities of Quebec

Today, cities are still claiming alternative sources of revenue from property taxes to support the expenses of their many responsibilities. In order to participate in the dialogue on municipal taxation, this report provides an understanding of the sources of revenue of local governments in different countries. It is intended to reveal alternatives to property taxes that Quebec municipalities depend on economically unsustainable.

Report produced for the Institute of Alternative Policies in Montreal and written by Stéphanie Gagnon-Laberge. 


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IPAM Report on the Management and Development Plan

Last September, the council of the agglomeration of the City of Montreal presented its draft of the Management and Development Plan (SAD). Considering the importance of this document for the future of Montreal, on the 22nd September IPAM organised a round table for reflecting, with its partners, on the draft of the Plan and the elements that must be changed or added in order to respond to the present and future issues of the Montreal agglomeration. The discussion, the minutes of which can be found in the Annex, was rich in debate and allowed the identification of priorities for the IPAM community. This report is inspired by such reflections from the round table as well as from discussions that were had afterwards within IPAM.


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Minutes of the IPAM Round Table of September 22, 2014 on the Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD)

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives Montreal (IPAM), thirty Montreal participants gathered on Sept. 22, 2014, in order to discuss the draft of the Montréal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD), the adoption of which is expected in late December 2014.

In the form of open discussion, the exchange allowed participants from diverse backgrounds to compare their perception of the situation and their ideas. The discussion focused on what to prioritize, monitoring mechanisms and the means to realize that which is envisioned in the document. The role of SAD and its relationship with the PMAD and the urban planning that Montreal and related cities will have subsequently produced were also explored. It is expected that the discussions which took place at the round table will feed everyone’s reflections as part of the public consultations planned in the Fall.

Read (in French) the  minutes of the IPAM Round Table of 22 September 2014


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Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (Draft – September 2014)

The Regional Plan sets guidelines for the agglomeration’s physical organization accompanied by a regional vision of its development. It helps guide development choices and decisions for all the agglomeration’s municipalities.

The Plan is built on the concept of sustainable development aimed at improving everyone’s life quality, in line with three primary objectives:

  • Promoting an excellent living environment.
  • Fuelling vitality of the Urban Agglomeration and its central core.
  • Enhancing areas of interest.
Read in full: Plan-September-Draft

Round Table on the surplus hospital sites of Montréal

On February 13th, the second round table of the Montreal Institute for Alternative Policy (IPAM) was held on the surplus hospital sites in Montreal. This meeting brought together 45 participants from politics, academic and civil society was rich in ideas and proposals.

We are pleased to send you today the presentation document and the summary of the exchanges that took place during the event:


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The Right to Housing and the Right to the City: An Analysis from the Front Lines

Event location : Concordia University, Hall Building.

16th National Metropolis Conference Partnering for Success: Facilitating Integration and Inclusion

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

The 16th National Metropolis Conference will be held on March 12th-15th, 2014 at the Hilton Lac-Lemay, in Gatineau, Quebec.

The 2014 National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.

More information : http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/events/other-acs-events/16th-national-metropolis-conference-partnering-for-success-facilitating-integration-inclusion/

Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize : Two Nominations at IPAM

The Ordre des urbanistes du Québec announced the names of the 30 laureates of the Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize during its 50th anniversary gala which took place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, last 23rd or October.

The Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize is awarded to non-urban planners of from all walks of society (citizens, elected officials, managers, promoters, professionnals, etc.) for their significant contribution to the growth of urban planning in Québec since 1963. The OUQ thus underscores that the improvement of our communities and the planning of our living environments concerns every citizen.

The OUQ also wanted to posthumously grant this title to Pauline Gauvin and Andrier Sainier for their contributions to urban planning.

IPAM is proud that two of its members, Dimitrios Roussopoulos and Ron Rayside, have also been nominated.

We invite you to consult the full list of laureates by following this link.

urban.studies@mcgill Seminar Series

The School of Urban Planning is hosting a seminar series entitled urban.studies@mcgill. The list of speakers for the Fall is attached.

The seminars take place on Fridays at 12:15 P.M., in Macdonald-Harrington 420.

To come :

Nov. 8. Charles Small on the geography of ethnicity and race

Nov. 15. Bruno Marot on the politics of development in Beirut

Nov. 22. Daniel Galland on metropolitan governance in Copenhagen

Nov. 29. Dimitri Roussopoulos on democracy after the Nov. 3 elections

Dec. 6. Christian Krelling on alternative fuels for public transit in Delhi