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Brossard
City
Ville de Brossard
Quartier DIX30
Quartier DIX30
Flag of Brossard
Flag
Official seal of Brossard
Seal
Coat of arms of Brossard
Coat of arms
Motto: Si Je Puis Oultre
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM None
Agglomeration Longueuil
Founded February 14, 1958
Incorporated (city) 1978
Amalgamated January 1, 2002
Reconstituted January 1, 2006
Founded by Georges-Henri Brossard
Named for Prominent family of the region and the city's founder
Area
 • Total 52.20 km2 (20.15 sq mi)
 • Land 45.20 km2 (17.45 sq mi)
 • Water 13.60 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 85,721
 • Density 1,896/km2 (4,910/sq mi)
 • Change (2006–13) Increase17.2%
 • Dwellings 32,099
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J4W to J4Z
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-10
A-15
A-20
A-30

Route 132
Route 134
NTS Map 031H06
GNBC Code EQKVD
Québec Geocode 58007
CLSC Territory Brossard-Saint-Lambert (16052)
Demonym Brossardois(e)
Rank 72nd
Website www.ville.brossard.qc.ca

Brossard (/brɒˈsɑːr/ or /ˈbrɒsɑːrd/; French pronunciation: [bʁɔsaʁ], IPA: [bʁɔsɑːʁ] or IPA: [bʁɔsɑɔ̯ʁ]) is a municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada and is part of the Greater Montreal area. According to the 2011 census, Brossard's population was 79,273. Prior to 2006, Brossard was formerly a borough of the municipality of Longueuil.

History

Brossard quebec canada logo
Logo of Brossard from 1983 to 2002

The city of Brossard was founded on February 14, 1958 and was known before then as Brosseau Station, itself part of La Prairie-de-la-Madeleine Parish. Its first mayor was Georges-Henri Brossard. At the very beginning, there were 3,400 inhabitants.

The city has some homes dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly along Chemin des Prairies. Maison Sénécal and Maison Deschamps.

On August 8, 1964 a portion of land from Greenfield Park was added and became the "P" section of Brossard. Furthermore, Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur was annexed to Brossard on March 25, 1978 becoming the "A" section to form the current city.

In the 1970s, an attempt was made by René Désourdy to construct a cemetery in Brossard. The attempt failed due to the water table being too high in most of the city, and as of 2014 Brossard has no cemetery.

Brossard was forcibly merged into the city of Longueuil on January 1, 2002 as a result of municipal reorganization in Quebec.

and a demerger movement was started by Pierre Senécal, Jacques St-Amant and Gilles Larin which resulted in a municipal referendum, the largest demerger vote, that took place on June 20, 2004. 38.70% of the 50,539 qualified voters voted YES for demerger, which met the requirements (35% or more of total voting population) needed for de-amalgamation. As a result, Brossard would continue to be a borough of the city of Longueuil only until the end of 2005.

On January 1, 2006, Brossard was reconstituted as a city and Jean-Marc Pelletier was elected as the new mayor. However, Brossard still remains part of the urban agglomeration of Longueuil and thus, Brossard sits on the agglomeration council which determines certain powers of reconstituted cities.

Geography

Brossard is surrounded by four municipalities on the South Shore of Montreal: Saint-Lambert, Longueuil (Borough of Greenfield Park and Borough of Saint-Hubert), Carignan and La Prairie. Brossard is situated on the Saint Lawrence River to the west and by the Saint-Jacques River to the south. (see Geographic location section below)

Many parks are scattered throughout the city of Brossard, including Parc écologique des Sansonnets. The parks are connected to the other areas of the city by about 37 km of biking paths. The city also has a municipal library building connected to its city hall building via an indoor passageway.

Brossard is subdivided into many smaller sections. These sections are characterized by having street names that all begin with the same letter of the alphabet. The only notable exceptions are few major arteries (such as Taschereau Boulevard and Rome Boulevard) that span across two or more sections.

Some constructions in the "A" and "R" sections of Brossard are older than the city itself because they were built in the former communities of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré Coeur and Brosseau Station, respectively. The "M" and "V" sections are the first neighborhoods built after the inauguration of Brossard in 1958.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1956 2,572 —    
1961 3,788 +47.3%
1966 11,884 +213.7%
1971 23,421 +97.1%
1976 37,635 +60.7%
1981 52,232 +38.8%
1991 64,793 +24.0%
1996 65,927 +1.8%
2001 65,026 −1.4%
2006 71,154 +9.4%
2011 79,273 +11.4%
Language

Aside from French, a variety of other languages are spoken in Brossard on a daily basis, as according to the 2011 census. The prominent languages spoken primarily at home and their relative share are French (51%), English (17%), Chinese (5%), Spanish (3%), Cantonese (3%), Arabic (2%) and Persian (2%).

Ethnicity

Brossard is among the most multicultural municipalities in Greater Montreal as there are 23 ethnic groups that represent at least 1% of the population. According to the 2006 census the prominent ethnic groups and their relative share are Canadian (35%), French (23%), Chinese (11%), Irish (6%) and Italian (4%)

Housing

Brossard is a mainly residential suburb with a moderate diversity of structural styles. The most popular styles of housing are semi-detached houses which represent 44% of private dwellings and apartment buildings with fewer than five storeys which represent 31% of private dwellings.

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Brossard, Quebec
Mother tongue language
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
78,835
37,340 Increase 5.2% 47.36% 9,460 Increase 6.5% 11.99% 1,135 Increase 97.4% 1.43% 28,665 Increase 17.5% 36.36%
2006
70,740
35,510 Decrease 2.0% 50.19% 8,885 Decrease 1.1% 12.56% 575 Decrease 20.0% 0.81% 24,385 Increase 26.6% 34.47%
2001
64,655
36,235 Decrease 1 % 56.04% 8,985 Decrease 6.6% 13.68% 690 Decrease 23.1% 1.06% 17,890 Increase 2.2% 27.67%
1996
65,927
36,615 n/a 55.54% 9,575 n/a 14.52% 850 n/a 1.28% 17,505 n/a 26.55%

Transport

Roads

Brossard is serviced by Autoroutes 10 (Autoroute des Cantons-de-l'Est), 15, 20 (Autoroute Jean-Lesage), and 30 (Autoroute de l'Acier), as well as Routes 132 and 134 (Taschereau Boulevard). Autoroute 30 runs along the west side of Brossard. Along the Saint Lawrence River on the east side of the city, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap with Route 132; 15 to the south and 20 to the north. At the Champlain Bridge interchange, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap 10 and feed into the Champlain Bridge, which crosses over into Montreal. Autoroute 10 also meets with Route 134 at the Taschereau Interchange which runs north south through the heart of Brossard.

Other important roads include Taschereau Boulevard, Rome Boulevard, Milan Boulevard, Matte Boulevard, Pelletier Boulevard, Lapinière Boulevard (known as Victoria Avenue in Saint-Lambert and Greenfield Park), San Francisco-Tisserand-Stravinski Avenues loop, Panama Avenue — Auteuil Avenue, Provencher Boulevard and Chemin des Prairies.

Public transit

The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) serves much of Brossard's territory as well as the rest of the South Shore. Terminus Brossard-Panama and Brossard-Chevrier Park and Ride incentive parking lots are two of RTL's heavily used bus terminals located in Brossard. From both of these terminals there is a regular bus to Terminus Centre-Ville (Bonaventure Metro Station.)

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