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Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles is a suburban borough (arrondissement) on the eastern tip of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at the eastern end of the Island of Montreal.

Official logo of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles's location in Montreal
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles's location in Montreal
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Merge into
January 1, 2002
Electoral Districts

La Pointe-de-l'Île
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorCaroline Bourgeois (PM)
 • Federal MP(s)Mario Beaulieu (BQ)
Pablo Rodríguez (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Chantal Rouleau (CAQ)
Marc Tanguay (PLQ)
 • Land42.3 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
 • Total106,437
 • Density2,517.4/km2 (6,520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)Area code 514/438
Access Routes[2] A-40 (TCH)


The borough is located at the eastern tip of the Island of Montreal. It is composed of the districts of Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles and also La Pointe-aux-Prairies, which were part of the City of Montreal prior to the 2002 municipal mergers. From January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2006, the borough included the town of Montreal East, which has now demerged from Montreal.

The borough's name lists the two neighbourhoods according to their date of annexation to Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies joined in 1963 and Pointe-aux-Trembles in 1982). It has a population of 102,457.

Rivière-des-Prairies is mainly composed of suburbs, as well as multiple forested areas and fields. Pointe-aux-trembles is more urban and dense but remains suburban in nature. The third district, La Pointe-aux-prairies, is a typical suburb composed of townhouses, condos and single-family dwellings witch makes it a destination of choice for young families that wish to remain on the island of Montréal. The Saint Lawrence River flows at the southerly border of Montreal, while the Rivière des Prairies River forms Montreal Island's northerly boundary with Laval.


Home language (2011) [4]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 68,490 72%
English 15,420 16%
Other languages 12,085 12%
A typical suburban area of Rivière-des-Prairies.

The Rivière-des-Prairies part of the borough is known for its high concentration of Italians in most of the neighborhoods, and Haitians in the others. On July 9, 2006, after Italy won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Maurice Duplessis Boulevard was closed to traffic due to the great number of fans celebrating in the street.


A view of the Rivière des Prairies river from the North of Rivière-des-Prairies.

The borough is divided into three districts—La Pointe-aux-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies—and has seven elected representatives since the November 2005 municipal election: one borough mayor, three city councillors, and three borough councillors.

Borough councilEdit

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

District Position Name   Party
Borough mayor
City councillor
Caroline Bourgeois   Projet Montréal
La Pointe-aux-Prairies City councillor Richard Guay   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Lisa Christensen   Projet Montréal
Pointe-aux-Trembles City councillor Suzanne Décarie   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Gilles Déziel   Ensemble Montréal
Rivière-des-Prairies City councillor Giovanni Rapanà   Independent
Borough councillor Nathalie Pierre-Antoine   Ensemble Montréal

Previous councilsEdit

The borough's elected officials from January 1, 2006 to October 31, 2009 were:

  • Borough mayor: Cosmo Maciocia (political affiliation: Union Montreal)
  • City councillor, Rivière-des-Prairies district: Joe Magri (Union Montreal)
  • Borough councillor, Rivière-des-Prairies district: Maria Calderone (Union Montreal)
  • City councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies: Nicolas Montmorency (Vision Montreal (until November 2006) / independent (November 2006 to present))
  • Borough councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies: Joseph (Joe) Di Pietro (Vision Montreal (until January 2008) / Union Montreal (January 2008 to present))
  • City councillor, Pointe-aux-Trembles: André Bélisle (Vision Montreal until November 2006 / independent from November 2006 to September 3, 2008 / Union Montreal since September 3, 2008)
  • Borough councillor, Pointe-aux-Trembles: Suzanne Décarie (Vision Montreal)

On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, councillor Montmorency announced he was leaving Vision Montreal to sit as an independent. On Monday, November 27, Vision Montreal announced it was kicking councillor Bélisle out of its ranks due to Bélisle's allegedly stating his intention to leave the party.

From November 2001 to November 2005, the borough was divided into four districts and their representatives were:

  • Marc-Aurèle-Fortin district: Cosmo Maciocia (Montreal Island Citizens Union)
  • Rivière-des-Prairies district: Michel Plante (Vision Montreal (until March 2005)/ Montreal Island Citizens Union (March 2005 to election day))
  • Pointe-aux-Trembles district: Marius Minier (Vision Montreal (until November 2001) / independent (November 2001 to December 2003) / Montreal Island Citizens Union (December 2003 to summer 2005) / Team Ville Marie (Fall 2005 to election day))
  • Bout-de-l'Île district: Colette Paul (Vision Montreal (until Nov. 2001) / independent (Nov. 2001 to summer 2005) / Vision Montreal (summer 2005 to election day))


The Borough is served by two school boards. The French schools are part of the Commission scolaire Pointe-de-l'Ile while the English schools are part of the English Montreal School Board.

Francophone schools:

Anglophone schools:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, East Hill.
  • Gerald McShane School is in Montreal-Nord,[7] but also serves Rivière-des-Prairies.[8]

The borough is served by the Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies branches of the Montreal Public Libraries Network.[9]

Additional informationEdit

  • From 2002 to 2006, borough headquarters were located in Montreal East's town hall, which benefitted from a $5 million expansion voted in 2003 and completed in September 2005. Since the town's demerger, the borough's services have been relocated in both Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles, but a recent proposal to build a new borough hall next to the planned Rivière-des-Prairies Maison de la Culture (cultural centre) has been adopted despite the ire of the Pointe-aux-Trembles councillors.
  • The borough is covered by three weekly newspapers, two in French ("L'Avenir de l'Est" in Pointe-aux-Trembles and "L'Informateur" in Rivière-des-Prairies) and one in English ("The East End Suburban", which covers only Rivière-des-Prairies).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité" (PDF). Canada 2011 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Official Transport Quebec Road Map". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  3. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-11-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Secondaire Archived 2015-03-31 at" Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Primaire Archived 2015-03-31 at" Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2014-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "About Our School Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine." Gerald McShane School. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement Archived 2017-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.

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