FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Canoë Project. If your questions remain unanswered, do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to enlighten you!
What kind of shops and services will we be able to find in the project?
We are planning a grocery store, a 60-seat early childhood center, a bistro café and possibly a clinic as well as other local shops. We want to complete the sector's offer without cannibalizing the shops on Ontario and Marché Maisonneuve.
Will there be office space in the project?
Certainly! The idea is to offer a flexible product for small entrepreneurs, craftsmen and professionals who want to be able to work and welcome their customers directly into their living environment. These spaces are designed to meet the specific needs of this clientele with storefront on the Allée des Artistes in order to maximize their potential.
What will be the common areas of the project?
It is planned to include an urban chalet which will open onto a roof terrace with views of the city, the river, and the Olympic Stadium. On some roofs, we also find outdoor swimming pools as well as urban gardens. A fitness centre and indoor relaxation areas are also planned for the project’s residents.
We will also include a community room that will be available to tenants, co-owners and neighborhood residents. Our wish is that this room be managed by an NPO in the neighborhood.
How do you see the parking spaces for the project?
All parking lots will be underground and we are planning to set up infrastructure for the electrification of 100% of the parking lots. We are planning enough parking for each phase as well as for new businesses. It is important for us not to affect the supply of parking on neighboring streets to the project, which we know is already limited. In addition, as we are sensitive to environmental issues, we will make sure to include a significant car-sharing offer in the project.
What are your initiatives in terms of sustainable development?
Sustainable development is at the heart of the project's values. In addition to applying the best practices in sustainable development, such as the choice of a high quality envelope, local materials and labor and exemplary waste management, we are currently considering the possibility to implement an energy loop in all the buildings on the site. This will have the impact of optimizing energy efficiency throughout the project. Geothermal energy and heat recovery via various technological innovations are favored over solar energy in the Quebec context. Electric energy will be privileged for the operation of heat and cold production equipment in order to reduce the site's GHG emissions. Different thermal storage strategies are also being explored.
Why make a project of 3 to 10 floors?
The boldness of Canoë is only achievable through the proposed density. It is this density that allows us to give back to the community and to support the local businesses that we want to include on the site. This density allows us a low implantation, which frees up the floor space to include parks, public places and a pedestrian walkway that make Canoë such an innovative project. In addition, the density has been considered in order to provide a neighborhood on a human scale for residents.
To integrate well into the built environment, we offer moderate heights on Bennett, where residential units are located, and greater heights have been positioned in the center of the project. Solar studies have been taken into account in order to be as harmless as possible on the entire site as well as for the neighborhood. What we want is to offer the best possible real estate project with what the site can offer to the community that will live there.
What types of units will there be in the project?
There will be a very varied and complementary offer! The future residents will be able to decide according to their desires and their means to become tenants, cooperants or co-owners.
Whatever the type of household: families, individuals or couples, and whatever stage of life, working population or retiree, our desire is to offer a range of complementary units that meet all needs. We will include one-to-four-bedroom units as well as many two-storey townhouses and a limited number of studios.
In addition to this rather conventional offer, we will offer an innovative product; housing that includes commercial spaces made for entrepreneurs, artisans or professionals that will directly overlook the Allée des Artistes.
To meet the demand of the neighborhood, Canoë will also offer 157 cooperative housing units in collaboration with Bâtir son Quartier. These housing units will therefore be accessible and diversified with a large supply of housing for families.
Similarly, because of its affordability and excellent practices in terms of sustainable development, the project was prioritized by the CMHC under the National Housing Strategy. So, out of the 205 private rental multi-residential units, 51 will be affordable.
How will the different types of units be distributed?
Canoë is a mixed-use project that will consist of 6 phases. In total, approximately 900 units, including 205 rental units of which 51 will be affordable and 157 community housing units as well as a variety of accessible family housing.
Will there be units dedicated to families?
Of course! The project has been designed for them from the early stages of development and we believe that its infrastructure will be able to meet the specific needs of families. We plan to offer units with 2 to 4 bedrooms as well as two-storey townhouses. We are confident that many families will find their happiness there.
What proportion of green spaces is accessible to neighborhood residents?
As part of the project, 10% of the land will be ceded to the City in the form of a public park. In terms of space, that's 2.5 soccer fields! Thus, the entire neighborhood will be able to benefit from the new development and the many green spaces that will become part of the heritage of the neighborhood. The 4500 Hochelaga park participates in one of the guiding principles of the project, which is to reconnect the site to the Morgan axis and to celebrate it by the establishment of green spaces that the residents of the neighborhood will be able to appropriate through the experience of urban agriculture, beekeeping and edible gardens.
With the Allée des Artistes, we want to create several playful areas so that the entire site becomes a place of discovery and a playground. Our vision is to move away from traditional play modules. All public spaces will be made up of active modules as well as spaces to promote discussion and sharing.
What will the project bring to the residents of the neighborhood?
In addition to local shops, services and green spaces, Canoë will contribute to the reappropriation of an industrial zone in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district by its citizens.
Indeed, the main impact of the project on the residents of MHM is the transformation of a concrete and fenced space into a living, colorful space, which encourages sharing and inclusiveness. Thus, by relocating the training hall, formerly open 24/7, residents of the neighborhood will be able to benefit from regularization of traffic hours in addition to taking advantage of the many services offered by the project.
The arrival of the project in the area is also synonymous with security. As more citizens bring more stability which tends to reduce the comings and goings of people who could be ill-intentioned.
Since the promotion of active and public transportation is at the heart of the values of the project, we will include a significant car-sharing and bicycle-sharing offer that will be available to all residents of the district.
Moreover, through its varied offer of local shops and services, Canoë contributes to reducing urban sprawl through the lifestyle that the project promotes.
Will the Allée des Artistes be accessible to everyone?
Certainly! The Allée des Artistes was designed to be a space open to everyone and living through the seasons. There will be no car, and safe spaces will be provided for bicycles at both ends. It will be user-friendly, safe and inviting for all. It will be a space animated by and for the people of the neighborhood.
In addition, by creating this axis, the project tends to consolidate the urban experience in the heart of the block to promote exchanges between the residents of the projects and those of the neighborhood.
Where does the "Allée des Artistes" get its name?
We believe that artists are essential, visionary and unifying members of our societies. This is why we have decided to give them pride of place with a workshop offer accessible to everyone. Indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces will also be set up to create sharing areas. We have therefore named the project's pedestrian axis in their honor.
If we compare to Place Valois, will we be disturbed by the noise of citizens who will come to enjoy the spaces?
In comparison to Place Valois, which is approximately 2000 m2, our public square at the end of the Allée des Artistes on the Hochelaga threshold will be 500 m2 square, or only ¼ of this space. The template is much smaller, more scaled to the pedestrian and there is a lot of vegetation. In addition, the site is located in a residential area, far from a commercial artery such as Promenade Ontario. With this project, we want to move away from what is currently being done in Griffintown or Ville-Marie, by including open spaces, inviting calm and contemplation.
When will unit plans be available?
If all goes well, we plan to start the pre-sale of phase 2 condos in winter 2021-2022 and phase 1 pre-rentals as of winter 2023. Unit plans will be unveiled when the respective phases are launched. . However, as the information available may change in the coming months, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed of the various developments concerning Canoë.
When will the construction start and for how long?
We want to start construction of phase 1 winter 2021-spring 2022 and a few months later continue with the construction of phases 2 and 3. For the construction of the entire project, we aim between 6 and 8 years from the start of the construction.
When will the shops / services be accessible?
The first shops and services available will be the grocery store, the café-bistro and the early childhood center, which will be found in phases 1 and 2 of the project.
When will the project be able to obtain all the necessary authorizations for its realization?
As some aspects of the Canoe project require changes to the regulations currently planned on the site, we must go through a regulatory approval process. It is a rigorous process, which involves the elected representatives of the Mercier – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and its citizens, and which will ensure that the project is implemented with respect for its environment.
Here are the different steps that must be followed: