Montréal in Common

Montréal in Common

An innovation project community


Impactful years for the metropolis

Montréal in Common is a community of innovation projects. The participating partners are experimenting with solutions to improve access to food, mobility and municipal regulations in order to enhance the quality of life of Montrealers.


Neither private or public, commons refers to a natural resource that a group manages. Examples include the encyclopedia Wikipedia, a neighbourhood’s reclaiming of an empty lot, or projects involving the sharing of cars, bicycles and kitchens. As part of Montréal in Common data, applications and results of experiments will be shared in the public domain and will be available to all organizations that want to reproduce a concept or take it further.


3 areas of action

Projects to explore new possibilities, concretely test ideas and collectively share learnings to inspire the Montréal community to take action.

Reduce polluting travel, develop a sustainable mobility offer, improve service accessibility, make sustainable travel more efficient.
Pool efforts, resources and initiatives to offer vulnerable populations more local and healthy food.
Data and regulatory experimentation
Use data sharing and collaborative approach as levers to implement projects. Better understand needs and measure the impact of actions to make more informed decisions.


13 projects

Neighbourhood mobility 
Partner: Solon
This project seeks to engage citizens in alternatives to solo car trips in order to improve neighborhood life and reduce the need for polluting travel. For example, we share our cars and we provide several alternatives (bicycles and bicycle trailers) via an online platform. To favour socio-ecological transition projects, we open up citizen where spaces can exchange ideas and co-create. Pioneered in La-Petite-Patrie, the project will eventually be implemented in other districts.
Integrated Mobility
Partner: ARTM
Our goal is to simplify access to sustainable mobility services for users in the Greater Montréal Area. We are developing a unique access point that offers public transport, taxis, car sharing, bike sharing, self-service cars, parking areas, etc. Mutually reinforcing, integrated mobility and neighbourhood mobility aspire toward greener, more accessible and more resilient mobility in Montréal.
Mobility data hub
Partners: Jalon, FABMOB, en collaboration avec IVADO CIRRELT
We collect, combine and valorize data related to transport and the occupancy of public spaces to better understand needs and travel habits on the Montréal territory. We then measure the impact of mobility actions. The data that we share allow the urban ecosystem to plan future mobility services based on informed decision-making. This initiative aims to make Montréal a more open city.
Integrated Local food system
Partner: Récolte
We tackle the logistical and technological barriers that hinder food security organizations’ ability to offer larger quantities of healthy, local food to vulnerable populations. We aim to create a network of regional and neighbourhood food hubs equipped with robust physical and digital infrastructure. This network facilitates food logistics, from farms on and around the island to the plates of food-insecure Montrealers, in concert with community organizations, institutions and other entities serving these populations.
Sharing kitchen equipments
Partner: La Cantine pour tous
The technology we have developed enables caterers to take advantage of affordable, underused infrastructures. Via a digital platform, users can offer or reserve access notably to industrial kitchens, trucks and refrigerators. Lastly, we provide meals to people in need and reinforce a community renowned for its solidarity.
Food system assessment approach
Partner: Chaire de transition écologique de l’UQÀM
We aspire to constantly learn from the development of the integrated local food system. Throughout the project, we evaluate the tools and impacts of our experiments to design a global assessment strategy that will let stakeholders transform their management practices.
We explore the possibility of creating a multipurpose urban greenhouse complex powered by green energy: recoverable heat generated by waste decomposition. The urban greenhouses are destined to become engines of job creation, an education centre and a socioeconomic integration hub. We will grow fruits and vegetables and remit some of the harvest to food banks.
Urban waste flow repository for Automatic management system of urban greenhouse
Partner: AuLab
We support the development of urban greenhouses by identifying sources of recoverable heat generated by waste decomposition on the island of Montréal. We develop smart tools in order to optimize production of fruits and vegetables, notably involving humidity control, CO2 intake, and temperature control.
Farm and solidarity Proximity Card
Partner: Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud
This project consists of an experiment with subsidized purchasing of local foods modelled after the food stamps program. Our technology innovates because instead of stigmatizing users, it invites them to contribute to the project. Loaded with a monthly amount based on household size, the Proximity Card is an agile payment mode that allows customers to buy non-processed local products at farmer’s markets situated throughout the territory of Montréal.
Civic and Regulatory Innovation Laboratory
Partners: Maison de l’innovation sociale, in collaboration with ENAP Cité-ID Living Lab Dark matter labs
The laboratory aims to offer experimental and participatory approaches to remove regulatory blockages that can slow down innovation at different scales. In this space, partners and citizens work together to identify the regulatory obstacles facing Montréal in Commin’s joint projects. They are experimenting with innovative solutions to change regulations in order to better meet the needs and realities of communities.
Indigenous data hub
Partners: RESEAU
RÉSEAU collects original data to better grasp the realities and needs of the aboriginal community of Montréal. This community benefits from the expertise of the Montréal data ecosystem and contributes its own expertise in turn. The social data gathered by and for aboriginal peoples will allow the community to better define its realities and needs, to set its own priorities and to convey them to all of its partners.
Organizations and academic spheres are jointly developing a secure data exchange platform that will clarify issues specific to Montréal communities. Experimentation with a data governance model designed to meet the expectations, needs, and obligations of the partners of Montréal in Common should give rise to innovative and relevant solutions to the issues identified, particularly regarding access to food.
Data governance 
Partenaires porteurs: Nord-Ouvert
We develop practices, norms, systems and policies for deployment of open data that support the Montréal in Common projects. We propose a collaborative data governance framework adapted to the entire Montréal ecosystem, applicable to a vast range of data pooling projects.


Download Montréal in Common’s project guide 

Consult the application file for the Smart Cities Challenge 


About Montréal in Common

Montréal in Common is inspired by the city’s proposal to the Smart Cities Challenge, a contest staged by the Government of Canada. The Challenge empowers communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The city will use the $50 million Grand Prize that it won in this Challenge to implement the projects outlined in the proposal submitted to the contest organizers by the city and its partners.