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Dollard-Des Ormeaux
City
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Coat of arms of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Coat of arms
Official logo of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Nicknames: 
Dollard, D.D.O.
Motto(s): 
Viribus Unitas
Location on Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Dollard-des-Ormeaux is located in Southern Quebec
Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Location in Southern Quebec
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montreal
RCM None
Founded 1924
Constituted January 1, 2006
Area
 • Total 15.2 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
 • Land 15.2 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 48,889
 • Density 3,223.4/km2 (8,349/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Decrease 1.5%
 • Dwellings
17,210
Demonym(s) Dollardian
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
H9A, H9B, H9G
Area code(s) 514 and 438
Highways No major routes

Dollard-des-Ormeaux ( commonly referred to as D.D.O. or simply Dollard) is a predominantly English-speaking on-island suburb of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. The town was named after French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

The town was merged with the city of Montreal in 2002, and became part of the borough of Dollard-Des Ormeaux–Roxboro. When residents were later offered the option, they chose to leave the city of Montreal, and the town was reinstated as a separate entity in 2006.

Name

In 2001, the official Commission de toponymie du Québec ruled that the correct way to write the city's name was Dollard-Des Ormeaux (one hyphen, one space, all title caps). However, this was not widely accepted and is rarely used in practice. In particular, as of 2014, the city's own website does not use this way of writing the city's name.

History

Early history

In 1714, the area was part of the Parish of St-Joachim de Pointe-Claire. It became part of the Parish of Ste-Geneviève when it detached from Pointe-Claire in 1845.

On July 29, 1924, Dollard-des-Ormeaux detached from the Parish of Ste-Geneviève and became a separate municipality in response to a tax imposed by the Parish road improvements on Gouin Boulevard. Its first mayor was Hormidas Meloche.

The town's name honours the French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, who was killed by the Iroquois at Long Sault in 1660.

Later history

The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux obtained a new charter and was incorporated as a city on February 4, 1960.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux was originally a bedroom community in the early 1960s. In 1961, there were 1,800 residents, and there were 25,000 in 1971.

One of its original main axes, Anselme-Lavigne Street in the Westpark neighbourhood, is named for a farmer who sold his land to the Belcourt Construction Company. Many of the streets in the Sunnydale neighbourhood, including "Sunshine" and "Hyman", are named for members in the prominent Zunenshine family who owned Belcourt. The community is a mixture of residential and commercial properties. Des Sources and St-Jean Boulevards are its main commercial arteries.

The Town Hall was located in a house on Des Sources Boulevard in the early 1960s, and was moved to an 1806 French-Canadian farmhouse in 1964.

During Canada's centennial anniversary in 1967, the town decided to create a "Centennial Park," featuring a man-made lake and hills. It was suggested to use this project for a reservoir for stormwater drainage, as the City was faced with the need to expand surface drainage pipes. However the project ran into problems and became a local scandal and a major drain on resources. It was finally completed in the 1970s, albeit overdue and overbudget.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux was included in the Montreal Urban Community when that government was created in 1970.

Recent years

On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it merged with the city of Montreal and became part of the Dollard-Des Ormeaux–Roxboro borough. After a change of government and a 2004 demerger referendum, Dollard-des-Ormeaux was reconstituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006. It is now the Montreal Island's most populous city outside Montreal.

Parks and facilities

Dollard is known for its many well-attended green spaces, providing a park within one kilometre of each home. Notable parks include Centennial Park, Westminster Park and Baffin Park.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux is home to the Dollard Civic Centre, which serves as city hall, the public library and houses ice skating and swimming facilities.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1966 12,297 —    
1971 25,217 +105.1%
1976 36,837 +46.1%
1981 39,940 +8.4%
1986 43,089 +7.9%
1991 46,922 +8.9%
1996 47,826 +1.9%
2001 48,206 +0.8%
2006 48,930 +1.5%
2011 49,637 +1.4%
2016 48,889 −1.5%
Home Language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 26,060 61%
French 6,910 16%
Other 10,040 23%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 18,995 42%
French 7,590 17%
Other 18,715 41%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 29,540 61.2%
Visible minorities 18,735 38.8%

Sports

Dollard is home to many juvenile sports teams, including hockey, soccer, baseball, swimming, and ringette. In 2013, the city received $20 000 from Kraft Le Hockey Continue program in recognition of the efforts of Lance Taylor Townend, an administrator and coach with the Dollard Hockey Association.

Education

The Lester B. Pearson School Board operates four Anglophone public schools in the area. Schools operated by the LBPSB include Springdale Elementary School, Sunshine Academy, Westpark Elementary School, and Wilder Penfield Elementary School. Beechwood Elementary and Kingsdale Academy in Pierrefonds-Roxboro also serve portions of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools, but were previously operated by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys until June 15, 2020. The change was a result of a law passed by the Quebec government that changed the school board system from denominational to linguistic. Francophone public schools in the area includes École primaire Dollard-Des Ormeaux, the École primaire du Bois-de-Liesse, the École primaire Saint-Luc, and the École secondaire des Sources.

Private schools include West Island College, Emmanuel Christian School, and Hebrew Foundation School.

Notable residents

  • Goldie Hershon (1941–2020), activist and president of the Canadian Jewish Congress
  • Devon Levi (born 2001), ice hockey goaltender (Northeastern Huskies, Canada men's national junior ice hockey team)
  • Jaclyn Linetsky (1986–2003), actress
  • Adrien Plavsic (born 1970), NHL ice hockey defenceman
  • Gerry Weiner (born 1933), politician, Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Member of Parliament of Canada
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