My Montreal: TMI on TMR & Other Quebec Curios

Aerial view of the town of Mount Royal. Photo credit: Town of Mount Royal/The Montreal Gazette Aerial view of the town of Mount Royal. Photo credit: Town of Mount Royal/The Montreal Gazette

Mont-Royal, otherwise known as “TMR” or “Town of Mount Royal”, is special. For one, it is a National Historic Site of Canada, which is itself an interesting feat, due to its architectural and design merits. Planned in 1914 and executed in three phases until 1970, the whole town was put down on one plan by Frederick Gage Todd. Similar to Hampstead in its planning and purpose, the town was built in hopes of shielding its population from the industrialisation occurring at, before, and after the turn of the century. As its neighbours did, TMR was merged into the borough of Montreal, and demerged into its own independent municipality in 2004.

As it is with Hampstead, TMR has a more affluent population, with 76% of its population having a university degree and the average income of a person being 84 000$ per year; families make about 210 000$ per year. With just a bit over 19 500 people, the inhabitants of the independent municipality are very bilingual, with 77% of the population being able to speak English and French, with the rest being almost equally split into unilingual French or English. As usual, a minority (1% in TMR) of the population can’t speak French or English. Mont-Royal has a large Middle Eastern minority in its population, with 26% declaring an allegiance with the ethnic group. There is also a significant Southeast Asian (17%) and African-American (14%) population in the municipality. Similar to the rest of the Island, Mont-Royal’s predominant religion is Christianity (67% of the municipality’s population identifying with one sector or another), though there is a significant and equal spread of Islam and Judaism in the area (each about 7%).

TMR’s neighbours include Saint-Laurent to the west, Ahuntsic-Cartierville to the northwest, and Outremont to the east. Its federal district is, not surprisingly, named Mount Royal; its provincial riding name is also not surprising for it is the same as the French name for the town (Mont-Royal).

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