LA NUIT, LE BRUIT NUIT : 2016 campaign

July 22, 2016 / Posted by   SDC Vieux-Montréal  Oliver Marshall 

An awareness campaign based on preserving good neighbour-to-neighbour relations in Old Montreal

Each year, thousands of noise complaints are handled by the Ville-Marie borough and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). The vast majority of these complaints can be attributed to the borough’s blooming nightlife for how it generates an environment which is permissive to noise. The noise complaints pushed the borough and the SPVM — both invested in preserving the quality of life in the neighbourhood — to launch an awareness campaign in 2014. Its goal two years ago is very much the same today: Make everyone conscious of the noise they make, how much of a nuisance this noise can be to their neighbours and how they are solely responsible for taking the necessary steps to reduce the noise to acceptable levels, or face a considerable fine. This campaign does not only target residents; all citizens must do their rightful part in managing noise pollution.

In light of its success these last two years, the borough and the SPVM wish to re-introduce the campaign and double up on its operations in Old Montreal thanks to the collaboration of the SDC Vieux-Montréal, the district’s business owners, the PDQ 21, and the Association des residents du Vieux-Montréal.

Old Montreal : a festive and friendly neighbourhood

As many know, Old Montreal is a neighbourhood renowned for being festive and friendly; it’s no wonder that 6 000 people live there and 40 000 go to work in the district daily. When it comes to bars and restaurants, the district has never been more alive with almost 250 establishments. In supporting the initiatives brought forward in the 2016 “LA NUIT, LE BRUIT NUIT” campaign, the district’s partners wish to:

  • Raise awareness among clients who attend fully-licensed establishments and terraces on noise pollution
  • Inform and business owners who manage fully-licensed establishments with or without terraces and make them aware of their responsibilities to follow the law in order to maintain good neighbour-to-neighbour relations.
  • Make employees of fully-licensed establishments and terraces — mainly doormen and bouncers — jobs’ easier by increasing the campaign’s visibility (including taking action to directly deter party-goers from generating excessive noise)
  • Promote efforts taken in the neighbourhood to address the noise problem


New ways to spread the word in the neighbourhood

In order to ensure the widest reach possible for this campaign, many business owners will soon roll out new visual panels designed to raise awareness among all citizens on noise pollution —especially in the summer months. This is a pilot project in the Ville-Marie borough.

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Clip-frames will also be available for Old Montreal’s restaurants and bars.

SDC Vieux-Montréal

The chief mandate of SDC Vieux-Montréal consists in bringing all of its members together and setting up a unified business unit.

Oliver Marshall

Big hair, do care! As our translator, Oliver makes sure that our blog authors’ message resonates to Montreal’s English community and to tourists who contribute to the success and vibrancy of Old Montreal. Even at the age of 21, he has proven to be our language aficionado as he puts great care in being meticulous and reliable in his work. Born and raised in Mile End, he is a true Montrealer who is driven by a fierce sense of pride in his city. During his free time, he loves to cook and play bass in his band: Brain Flower. Contact |

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