New residents

Welcome Message from the City of Westmount

Dear New Resident:

Welcome to Westmount. You have chosen a wonderful community in which to live: beautiful green spaces, remarkable architecture, a vibrant neighbourhood spirit and many municipal services.

What might be less obvious is the contribution of our residents that makes living here so special. People of all ages take part in sports, recreational, and cultural activities offered at the Westmount Recreation Centre, the Library and Victoria Hall. There is also a long history of citizen involvement in local community groups and in civic affairs; we encourage you to seek out the organizations and events that pique your interest; there’s surely something for everyone. We also look forward to seeing you at any of the monthly City Council meetings.

We have put together some basic information to get you started – take a few minutes to check it out on this page, or use the website search engine. Take a moment also to subscribe to E-Westmount, the City’s electronic bulletin, to get the latest news and events announcements.

Whether you need a renovation permit, a dog permit or a recreation card, we will be pleased to help you. If you do not find what you need here, please email us using the website’s electronic form or phone us at 514 989-5200. We look forward to meeting you.

Mayor Christina M. Smith and 8 city councillors, each representing one of the city’s 8 wards, form the council of the City of Westmount. The council is the main governing and legislative body for the city.

The Mayor and Councillors also sit on various standing committees and municipal organizations.

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Westmount today is a residential enclave on the island of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. It lies within walking distance of  Montreal’s downtown core, yet retains an air of tranquility and small-town community.

A list of city maps are available on-line.

If you are planning any renovation or construction work on your property, your professional or yourself must ensure compliance with any existing applicable by-laws and obtain the necessary permit or certificate before you undertake the work. The Westmount Urban Planning Department is composed of a team of professionals dedicated to assist you. We provide information related to all municipal by-laws.

Parking is limited to four hours on every Westmount street, unless otherwise indicated.

Westmount residents who do not have sufficient parking space on their property, including anyone living in an apartment, condo or similar dwelling, may apply for permission to park on the street.

For OVERNIGHT PARKING, you can reserve on-line or by phoning Public Security before 11 p.m. Please note that for temporary overnight parking the cumulative duration of these special permissions must not exceed 30 nights per vehicle per calendar year.

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A source of pride to generations of residents, Westmount Public Library opened its doors on June 20, 1899 and is the community’s most-used public facility. Membership provides access to over 190,000 items including books, movies, music, eBooks and eMagazines. The Westmount Public Library also offers a variety of activities and events for residents of all ages such as book clubs, lectures, and film screenings.

Residents can obtain a library card at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1G1. Find out what you need to obtain a card on the library website.

Neighbouring the Westmount Public Library, Victoria Hall is Westmount’s community centre. It is used for City Council events, cultural and community presentations, art exhibitions and recreation courses offered by the City of Westmount. A list of events happening at Victoria Hall can be found on the City of Westmount website.

The Sports and Recreation Department offers a variety of programmes to residents of all ages. The Facility Membership Card with photograph will serve to identify users of Westmount sports facilities, allowing quick and easy access to the Westmount Recreation Centre, Victoria Hall, and Westmount’s tennis courts.

Residents can obtain their card by using the online form or in person at the Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 St. Catherine Street West, Westmount QC H3Z 1S4.

To obtain the card at the Westmount Recreation Centre, each individual must be present, as pictures are taken on site. Please note that leases and cell phone bills are not accepted as proofs of residence.

All invoices issued by the City can be paid electronically through your bank or in person at City Hall. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, Interac, telephone banking, preauthorized payment with banks (Hydro Westmount accounts only) or by return mail (no cash through the mail please).

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Public schools in the City fall under these school boards:


The following private schools are located in the City’s territory.


Residents are strongly encouraged to use the recycling, composting and reuse programs in place to divert the maximum amount of their garbage from the waste stream.

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