The Angevins, that is the residents of the Anjou borough have always been very much involved in their community and very eager to participate in the many different local activities.
In Anjou, many different associations and organizations are officially recognized by the borough. The volunteering and the involvement of a large number of residents in local and communal activities do play an important role in the vitality of the Anjou social community.
Some of the residents work with the elderly, others are involved in recreation and sports activities or in cultural, humanitarian and religious endeavors.
Nearly half of the residents of the borough population can hold a conversation in French and in English. French, however, remains the language used at home by most even if English, Spanish and Arab are spoken daily by many of the local residents.
A rather high proportion of the Anjou population is Canadian by birth.
More than two-thirds of the residents were born in Canada while the other third were either born abroad or have at least one parent born outside Canada.
Their countries of origin vary of course but the immigrants who now live in Anjou mostly come from Algeria, Haiti and Morocco.
The residents of Anjou who identify themselves with the black community are the most numerous and those who belong to the Arab community also form a rather large part of the minority population of Anjou.
Anjou enjoys an interesting economic equilibrium and vitality.
The borough is home to a business park with many establishments in many of our major economic sectors such as manufacturing wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, professional, scientific and technical services...
In the northwest of Anjou, popular department stores first stimulated the local economy and local employment. Then, it is the Galeries d'Anjou, a regional shopping center that now contributes to the development of many different types of commercial establishments and office buildings. Plus, les Halles d'Anjou, a busy public market where gardeners, merchants and restaurants largely contribute to the local economy all year round.
The Anjou borough offers two municipal libraries and 18 public parks and green spaces accessible all year round.
Parks that offer playgrounds, trails and lush vegetation and that are great places to relax, to play and to practice all kinds of sports such as Ice Hockey, Skating, Football, Soccer, Rugby, Boxing, Tennis, Basketball...
And, let's not forget toddler areas for young children and play structures for older kids. Toddlers who like to climb on playground equipment and older kids who like to run, swim, play ball, jump rope... Kids of all ages who love playgrounds and who love to play.
The Anjou borough enjoys a strategic location with Highway 40 - Metropolitan and Highway 25 - Louis-Philippe La Fontaine that intersect. Then again, the constant coming and going on these two major highways both bring a lot of traffic, a very common situation in the City of Montreal and a source of traffic congestion and air pollution.
Once a rural municipality, the Anjou borough of today made room for housing solutions that now range from single family homes to duplexes, to condominiums and to many apartment buildings near its major industrial park bordered by the Golf Boulevard, the Metropolitan Highway East, the Ray Lawson Boulevard and the Jules Léger Street.
Known as Ville d'Anjou prior to municipal reorganization of 2002-2006, the Anjou borough is located in the eastern part of the island and City of Montreal.
Galeries d’Anjou and Place Versailles are two major regional shopping malls and Les Halles d’Anjou is a popular public market that provides fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty products all year round.
The borough is bordered to the north and to the east by the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough and to the south by the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and by Ville de Montréal-Est.
To the west the Anjou borough is bordered by the Saint-Leonard borough and, at the northwestern corner of the Anjou borough, by the Montréal-Nord borough
A borough and a Quebec Education System that offers French-language Primary Schools, a Francophone Secondary School operated by the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île and an English-language Elementary School operated by the English Montreal School Board.