Surrounded by the waters of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montréal is the second largest city in Canada with a population of 4.1 million people. Montréal’s many unique features, including its rich cultural and arts scene, historic riverside district and abundance of diverse restaurants, make North America’s ninth largest city an enticing place to live and work.
Complementing its cultural attractions is Montréal’s status as a hub of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, gaming, film and television. Interestingly, the city’s commitment to nurturing its growing creative class and sustaining its cultural diversity was strengthened by its designation as a UNESCO City of Design in 2006.
Working in our Montréal office, you’ll be in the centre of the city’s vibrant downtown learning from experienced GIS professionals. To get to the office, your commuting options include an efficient transit system and an extensive cycling network. Public local transport is served by a network of buses, subways and commuter trains that has been honoured with an award of Outstanding Public Transit System in North America by the American Public Transportation Association. Thanks to its mature cycling network, Montréal is one of just four non-European cities to make the top 20 of the popular Copenhagenize ranking of bicycle-friendly cities.
While French is the official language of Montreal and speaking it is an asset if you live in the city, 56% of the population is capable of speaking both English and French, making it one of the most bilingual cities in Québec and Canada. Culturally, few cities in Canada can rival Montréal’s impressive artistic pedigree. The city boasts 50 theater and dance companies, a thriving local music scene and over 90 festivals, such as Just For Laughs and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. If you’re a foodie, you’ll have no shortage of culinary delights in which to indulge—Montréal has the largest number of restaurants per capita in North America. Montréal also boasts several parks and walking trails within the city, including Mont Royal Park, a 200-hectare greenspace overlooking the downtown core. The Laurentians, a mountain playground north of Montréal, offers outdoor enthusiasts year round activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and camping.