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Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada with major manufacturing units of aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and petrochemicals industries. The city is the largest oil refining hub in Canada with companies like Petro-Canada, Ultramar, Petromont, Gulf Oil, Ashland Canada, Coastal Petrochemical, Parachem Petrochemical, Nova Chemicals, Interquisa (Cepsa) Petrochemical, and many more located there. [1].

Zoning By-law:

Montreal is divided into 19 administrative boroughs with each borough has its own by-law:

  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville

  • Anjou

  • Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

  • LaSalle

  • Lachine

  • Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

  • Le Sud-Ouest

  • L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève

  • Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

  • Montréal-Nord

  • Outremont

  • Pierrefonds-Roxboro

  • Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles

  • Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

  • Saint-Laurent

  • Saint-Léonard

  • Verdun

  • Ville-Marie

  • Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Most of the oil refineries are located in Montreal East, which is a suburb and not part of any borough. Within this area, most of the lands are dedicated to large oil refining complexes. Saint-Laurent is the largest borough in the city with several industrial yard spaces available.

Saint-Laurent, Montreal zoning by-law

According to Saint-Laurent, Montreal by-law, there are six industrial zones:

  • Research and development (i1);

  • Wholesale trade (i2);

  • Manufacturing (i3);

  • Transport and construction (i4);

  • Chemicals and petroleum products (i5);

  • Primary and recovery (i6).

Zone i1 and i2 are not designated for any industrial development. Instead, zone i1 is intended for the management office of an industrial building or of a set of industrial buildings while zone i2 is designated for the wholesale industry.

Manufacturing zone i3 is dedicated to the manufacturing of medical equipment, electronics, scientific or professional equipment, leather, pharmaceutical, or drug product.

Transport and construction zone i4 is dedicated to trucking operations, warehousing, other relevant logistic operations, construction/contractor yards, concrete batching plants, etc.

Chemicals and petroleum zone i5 is dedicated to the manufacturing of animal feed, anti-rust catalyst, wax and glue, synthetic resin, rat poison, paints, etc. Heavy industries related to oil are not permitted here and can only be developed in Montreal East.

Zone i6 is mostly reserved for the paper and glass industry.

Most of the industrial yards are located along Trans-Canada Highway starting from Cavendish Boulevard exit till Alfred Nobel Boulevard.

Industrial yard development standards common for all zones

  • Minimum front yard should be 0.5 to 1 m depending on use class.

  • Minimum side yard should be 2.5 to 2.7 m depending on the use class.

  • Minimum rear yard should be 2.5 to 2.7 m depending on the use class.

  • The fence should be greater than 1 m but less than 2.5 m

Location of Industrial yards

Following are the locations of a few industrial yards located in the city:

Salvage Yards: There are located on 3500 Rue Farway, 4600.8 Rue Hickmore, 5810 Chem. de la Côte-de-Liesse, 1525 Blvd. Marcel-Laurin

Automobile industry: These yards are located on 3402 Rue Hormidas-Deslauriers and surrounding areas.

Manufacturing yards: They are located in great numbers on Côte-de-Liesse Expy., Lebeau Boulevard, De L’Acadie Boulevard, and Henri-Bourassa Blvd