The Angevins, that is the residents of the Anjou borough have always been very eager to participate and very much involved in their community life.
In Anjou, many associations and organizations are officially recognized by the borough. The volunteering and involvement of a large number of residents plays an important role in the vitality of the social community of Anjou.
Some work with the elderly while others are involved in areas such as recreation and sports activities as well as in cultural and humanitarian 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 Arabic are used daily by many residents.
A rather high proportion of the Anjou population is Canadian. 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 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 also enjoys an interesting economic equilibrium and vitality. The borough is home to a business park with many establishments in many of the major economic sectors including manufacturing wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance and professional, scientific and technical services.
In the northwest of Anjou, it is the local department stores that first stimulated the local economy and local employment. Then, it is the regional shopping center that contributed to the development of many different types of commercial establishments as well as many office buildings. Finally, the busy public market with its gardeners, merchants and restaurants also contributes to the local economy.
The Anjou borough offers two municipal 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, play and practice various sports activities.
Galeries d’Anjou and Place Versailles are two major regional shopping malls while Les Halles d’Anjou, a popular public market, provides fresh produce and specialty products all year round.
The Anjou borough enjoys a strategic location with Higways 40 (Metropolitain) and 25 (Louis-Philippe La Fontaine) that intersect. The constant coming and going on these two major highways brings a lot of traffic, a very common situation in the City of Montreal and often a source of traffic congestion.
Once a rural municipality, the Anjou borough of today made room for housing solutions that range from single family homes to duplexes, to condominiums and to apartment buildings near its major industrial park bordered by Golf Boulevard, Metropolitan Highway East, Ray Lawson Boulevard and Jules Léger Street.
Known as Ville d'Anjou prior to the merger of 2002, the Anjou borough is located in the eastern part of the island and City of Montreal.
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