Ontario Street Culture


Our local Ontario Street Culture began in 1842 when the street was named after Lake Ontario, the Huron word for this particular "Great Lake" that was once a border between the Huron and the Iroquois people. 

Nowadays, the Ontario Street is divided into four segments throughout the City of Montreal. Among them, the commercial segment located in the Hochelaga area of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. 

A commercial segment on Ontario Street between Pie IX and Darling, in Place Simon-Valois since 2007 and on Ste-Catherine East between Bourbonnière and Viau, all under the SDC Promenades Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

A unique to Montreal neighborhood life based on its busy commercial street, its local merchants and its sidewalk sales and public markets.

A commercial SDC that stands for "Société de développement commercial" and a non profit organization committed to the revival of its commercial areas as well as to the economic and cultural growth of its merchants and population.

A SDC also dedicated to the support and the organisation of promotional projects such as colorful events, sidewalk sales and neighboorhood parties. An SDC accompanied by an Ontario Street Merchant Association to help improve the safety, the cleanliness and the quality of the residential and commercial neighborhoods.

Montreal BUSINESS Kit
Ontario Street Culture by Rachel Louise Barry

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Discovering the 60,000 or so companies established on the Island of Montreal.