L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève

L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève (French pronunciation: [lil bizaʁ sɛ̃t ʒənvjɛv]) is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal.

L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève
Église Sainte-Geneviève.

Location of L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève on Island of Montreal.
(Gray areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionMontréal
EstablishedJanuary 01, 2006
Electoral Districts
Federal

Pierrefonds—Dollard
Lac-Saint-Louis
ProvincialNelligan
Government
  TypeBorough
  MayorNormand Marinacci
  Federal MPsFrank Baylis (LPC)
Francis Scarpaleggia (LPC)
  Quebec MNAMonsef Derraji (PLQ)
Area
  Land23.63 km2 (9.12 sq mi)
Population
  Total18,097
  Density765.8/km2 (1,983/sq mi)
  Change (2006-2011)
2.9%
  Dwellings (2006)
6,648
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
H9J
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Websiteville.montreal.qc.ca/ lilebizardsaintegenevieve

History

On 24 October 1678, the government of Louis de Buade de Frontenac granted Île Bizard, then named Île Bonaventure as a seigniory to Jacques Bizard. This was the first concession on the West Island of Montreal. The village of Sainte-Geneviève was born in the early eighteenth century. Antoine Faucon, father of Saint-Sulpice, participated in the construction of the first church in the village's history. The Municipality of the Village of Sainte-Geneviève was created in 1859.

During the first half of the twentieth century, farmers in Île Bizard and Sainte-Geneviève were then oriented toward gardening. The territory was thus transformed into a garden of Montreal. In 1959, it was incorporated as Ville Sainte-Geneviève.

From the late 1950s, the creation of two major golf courses opened the door to massive sales of land and the abandonment of agriculture, which had become unprofitable. In 1959, the Royal Montreal Golf Club opened, and has since hosted several professional golf tournaments.

Over the last fifty years, urbanization has increased and the population has increased tenfold, especially after the opening of Autoroute 40 that connected the western, central and eastern parts of Montreal.

On January 1, 2002, the municipalities of L'Île-Bizard, Sainte-Geneviève, and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue were merged into the city of Montreal as the borough of L'Île-Bizard—Sainte-Geneviève—Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. When Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue voted to demerge from Montreal, the borough was reorganized into its present form on January 1, 2006.

Geography

The borough is composed of the former municipalities of L'Île-Bizard and Sainte-Geneviève. The first is a separate island, the largest of the City of Montreal besides the Island of Montreal itself, and the second is a small area on the Island of Montreal. Sainte-Geneviève has a land border with the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

The borough is divided into four districts:

  • Pierre-Foretier
  • Denis-Benjamin-Viger
  • Jacques-Bizard
  • Sainte-Geneviève

The borough has a land area of 23.63 km² and a population of 17,139 (2001 census).

Government

Municipal

As of the November 5, 2017 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
Borough mayor
Montreal city councillor
Normand Marinacci   Projet Montréal
Denis-Benjamin-Viger Borough councillor Christian Larocque   Projet Montréal
Jacques-Bizard Borough councillor Robert Samoszewski   Projet Montréal
Pierre-Foretier Borough councillor Yves Sarault   Projet Montréal
Sainte-Geneviève Borough councillor Suzanne Marceau   Équipe Coderre

Federal and provincial representation

Part of Sainte-Geneviève lies within the federal riding of Lac-Saint-Louis; Île Bizard and the other half of Sainte-Geneviève lie within the riding of Pierrefonds—Dollard.

Provincially, the borough lies in the electoral district of Nelligan.

Demographics

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
19665,233    
19715,800+10.8%
19766,970+20.2%
19819,131+31.0%
198611,123+21.8%
199114,549+30.8%
199616,377+12.6%
200117,139+4.7%
200617,590+2.6%
201118,097+2.9%
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Home language (2011) [7]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 9,715 58%
English 5,395 32%
Other languages 1,675 10%

Features

Sainte-Geneviève and Île Bizard are connected by the Jacques Bizard Bridge. Île Bizard contains part of the Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park as well as the Boisé de l'Île Bizard Nature Park. Sainte-Geneviève's features include the Cégep Gérald-Godin. Plans have been advanced in the past to cross Île Bizard with an autoroute as part of a beltway around Montreal, but these have so far come to nothing mainly out of concern for the island's nature areas.

Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan was from there. Île Bizard have also produced the francophone musical groups Exterio and Kamakazi

Education

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[8]

Primary schools include:

  • École primaire Jacques-Bizard
  • École primaire Jonathan-Wilson
  • École primaire Sainte-Geneviève (Ouest)

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the area.

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the Île-Bizard library.[9]

Notable residents

References

See also

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