The Ahuntsic district is located in the northern part of the City of Montreal.
Auhaïtsic - Ahuntsic is the name of a young man who, in 1625, together with Father Nicolas Viel, a Récollet, was thrown, by the Hurons in the rapids of the Riviere des Prairies now called Sault-au-Récollet.
Once an independent village, Ahuntsic was annexed to Montreal in 1910, the year the newspaper Le Devoir
was created by Henri Bourassa, journalist and politician. In 1916, the
Quebec provincial government ordered the annexation of Cartierville to
In 2002, the 27 municipalities of the Island of Montreal were merged into the City of Montreal. Then, following a change of government in Quebec in 2003 and a referendum in 2004, 15 of the 27 municipalities decided to become independent again in 2006.
The demographic growth of Ahuntsic of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough is closely related to the development of its transportation systems.
A growth that started with the waterway transport on the Rivière-des-Prairies at the beginning of the colony, followed by the construction of the Canadian National Railroad during the Second World War and then by the Montreal Metro on 1966.
The area had and still has the reputation of being beautiful and upscale. A reputation clearly justified when one looks at its waterfronts, its numerous parks, its cottages, its bungalows and its beautiful historic homes along the Gouin Boulevard.
Narrow passageways between or behind buildings called alleys or paths lined with trees, bushes or stones are numerous in the Ahuntsic district and in Sault-au-Récollet, Saint-Sulpice and Bordeaux-Cartierville.
Then again, the monthly income of a certain part of the population is sometimes too low to properly cover basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.
The rate of poverty in the area compares well with other areas. However, and despite its reputation for being a wealthy area, a rather large part of the population is under the poverty line and neighborhood solutions need to be offered and applied.
Immigration is gradually changing the social portrait of a population that, nonetheless, is still mainly French. Recent immigrants are often poor and the integration is sometimes slow and difficult despite the fact that neighborhood youth family services are available.
Those most affected are aboriginals, families with single-parent mothers, children, mentally ill and physically handicapped people. The number of single-parent families is increasing and so is the number of people living alone in housings that often show various signs of decay.