What's New

Construction of a new sidewalk on the north side of Elm Avenue, from Woodland to the existing sidewalk located in front of the Sunrise building (505 Elm), will take place from June 17 to 28, 2019.
 
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Please note that operations could be staggered or the duration of work extended depending on weather conditions or due to other constraints.
 
Traffic
Local traffic will be permitted at all times. We ask you to please use caution and ensure that you respect the temporary traffic signals.
 
Parking 
Parking restrictions will be in place in the work site.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this work. For more information, please call 514 428-5999.

Find out about cultural gatherings, events and awareness campaigns

 
June 3, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is proud to continue its digital shift with a new presence on social media. The City now has official pages on Facebook and Instagram.
 
This represents a new way for citizens to keep informed about cultural events and the different activities which liven up Beaconsfield. In addition to activities and events, the City will use these platforms to provide residents with practical information (eco-responsibility, public security, etc.) to help them in their daily lives.
 
"We are pleased to introduce these additional channels of communication to facilitate the promotion of Beaconsfield's cultural, recreational and library services. This will help encourage citizen participation in all the events and activities available," said Mayor Georges Bourelle. "I invite residents to follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages to stay informed about activities proposed by the City and keep up to date with what is happening in our community."
 
The City also has a Twitter account (@Beaconsfield_Qc) that will be used primarily for the distribution of press releases.
 
To ensure that exchanges are done in a respectful manner, the City has adopted a netiquette available at the following address: beaconsfield.ca/en/ (ETC)
 
We invite you to follow us!
May 21, 2019 - Nearly 70 people participated in last Wednesday night’s fourth and final Reimagining SPACE creative workshop to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property. A visit to the sites allowed the group to assess their state, their potential and possible layout.
 
This consultative evening was different from the three previous creative workshops since it took place on-site at Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property. The citizens accompanied the members of the steering committee on a walk to discover the particularities of both sites, their assets, their attractions, and their potential.
 
“The participants were invited to appreciate the state of the Lord Reading installations and buildings, the marina, the layout of the waterfront, and the general state of the park. They deliberated over how to best satisfy the current and future needs of our community for this huge public space on Lake St. Louis,” explains City Councillor Robert Mercuri, president of the steering committee.
 
The participants were delighted by the potential of the sites, but agreed that both premises would require substantial renovations.
 
“The entire process of redefining the uses of Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property is driven by elected officials and residents alike. This exercise in citizen participation is proving its value in these findings,” states Robert Mercuri.
 
The steering committee is composed of nine citizens with complementary expertise and experience, as well as City Councillors Robert Mercuri and Karen Messier.
 
“Citizen participation has exceeded our expectations. Our residents were involved, dedicated and motivated. The involvement of our residents is an asset to Beaconsfield which will help propose a consensus to Municipal Council,” concludes Robert Mercuri.
 
The steering committee will now work on an orientation report which it will submit to Municipal Council and City management for review in the next few weeks.
 
For more information, click here.
The City is pleased to announce the launch of a new citizen platform that will allow residents to centralize their interactions with the City.
 
Bciti is an application serving municipalities. Several cities have already successfully made this digital shift. We are glad to announce we are taking a step towards the digitization of the City's communications.
 
Access to the bciti platform can be done via a computer, tablet or smartphone. The usefulness of the application will continue to grow as new features are gradually implemented. Citizens can take advantage of the following options today:
 
  • Receive important notices and news from the City by email or text message
  • Make requests, ask questions or make comments and track the progress of your file online and in real time
  • Report a non-urgent problem
 
« It is with great pride that we launch bciti in Beaconsfield. We are confident that this new multiservice platform will positively transform the relationship our residents have with the City's administration. To evolve in the digital era, a city must be able to count on citizen engagement, in addition to being able to communicate with residents very quickly. The more informed citizens are, the more involved they become », said Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
In the coming months, other services will be offered on this platform: online citizen consultations, a calendar of activities, a digital citizen card offering direct access to the resident’s secure file, including registration for leisure and library activities and more!
 
The app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices. To access bciti, visit beaconsfield.b-citi.com.
May 3, 2019 – Beaconsfield Council is launching a fundraising campaign to support the communities that are affected by the floods.
 
Beaconsfield residents are invited to contribute to this special fundraiser by making a donation by Interac, credit card or cheque payable to the City of Beaconsfield. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 and more. Business hours at City Hall are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The deadline for making a donation is Friday, June 21, 2019.
 
For its part, the City will double the amount raised by its residents up to a maximum of $20,000 to help the victims in all regions across Québec. Funds collected will be donated to the Red Cross.
 
ʺThe City of Beaconsfield wishes to show its solidarity with the municipalities hit by the spring floods. We must stand together in such circumstances and be generous in our response to the people affected by this situationʺ, states Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield.
 
It is also possible to contribute online to the Red Cross fundraising campaign for flood victims at croixrouge.ca.
May 1st, 2019 - The third of four Reimagining SPACE creative workshops to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property allowed both adults children in the community to brainstorm on the future activities and potential uses for the site.
 
While adult citizens met last Wednesday night at the Herb Linder Annex on the subject of waterfront usage, children convened in Centennial Park last Saturday to discuss in groups and make suggestions for activities and installations they would like to see on these sites.
 
“It is very exciting and enriching to watch adults and children alike, even the very young ones, get involved in this exercise to propose installations and activities. The children made positive and feasible suggestions inspired by the heartfelt generosity that drives them,” states City Councillor Robert Mercuri, president of the Reimagining SPACE steering committee.
 
After visiting the sites and investing themselves in defining their dreams for Centennial Park and Hall, the kids made suggestions for the layout of community rooms, a library that allows reading in the company of pets, installations for astronomy sessions with telescopes, and a zip line. 
 
In an equally creative and dynamic workshop, adults shared ideas for enhancing the activities and overall layout of the waterfront to connect the community with the lake all year long, with designs respectful of nature and offering water views. 
 
 “At the conclusion of these workshops, it is clear that the community wants a more inviting and better developed site with a wide variety of activities all year long, while preserving the nature and integrating a multipurpose complex worthy of its name”, notes Robert Mercuri. 
 
The steering committee is composed of nine citizens with complementary expertise and experience, as well as City Councillors Robert Mercuri and Karen Messier.
 
“The level of citizen participation shows the community’s commitment to this flagship project. Even the children contribute to it. We wish to thank everybody who participated so generously,” concludes Robert Mercuri.
 
The fourth and last creative workshop on the subject of green spaces and mobility will be held at Centennial Park on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.; all citizens are welcome. 
Flushing of the water network is scheduled from April 22 until June 28. Employees of Aqua Data, the company in charge, work between Sunday evening and Friday morning, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.  The quality of drinking water will not be affected.
 
This one-way rinsing operation removes deposits in the pipes and ensures the continued supply of good quality drinking water.
 
Despite all the precautions taken by the City, this operation can cause a slight drop in pressure accompanied by rust-coloured water. If this should occur, we recommend that you let the water run until it
is clear. 
 
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this work. For more information, contact Public Works at 514 428-4500 or info@beaconsfield.ca.
 
A notice will be distributed to homes three to five days before we start work in each area.
April 10, 2019 - The second of four Reimagining SPACE creative workshops to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property has demonstrated that the community needs and wants a multipurpose centre in a vision of sustainable development and responding to the various needs for space and public facilities in order to support community, culture and leisure activities. 
 
 “Following the Diagnostic event and the first workshop, this exchange of ideas was once again a great success with more than 70 citizens participating. This allows us to obtain the expertise and vision of citizens which is most important for us,” states City Councillor Robert Mercuri, president of the Reimagining SPACE Committee. 
 
The participants were asked to project the current needs into the future and identify the organizations and resident groups likely to use the public facilities. Focus groups were created to allow people to discuss the possibilities, and define the infrastructure needs to support and enhance the services and offer of cultural activities for the benefit of all.
 
The collective work from the workshop established the need for a multipurpose centre offering sufficient space, with a view on Lake St. Louis, equipped with adaptable meeting rooms, an open-air auditorium for shows and celebrations, a small restaurant or coffee shop, a library, rooms for seniors and teenagers, relaxation, yoga, etc.
 
According to the citizens, the need has been demonstrated, and expectations are high. While dreaming of a modern and adapted centre, the participants were concerned about the costs involved in the construction of this building, stating that the required financial resources must be found for the realization of such a project.
 
The Steering Committee is composed of nine citizens with complementary expertise and experience, as well as City Councillors Robert Mercuri and Karen Messier.
 
“The citizen participation shows the community’s commitment to this flagship project, and the outcome of the workshop will provide solutions endorsed by the population. This is very important. We wish to thank everybody who participated so generously,” concludes Robert Mercuri.
 
The next workshop on the subject of the waterfront, marina and recreational activities will be held at Herb Linder Annex on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.; all citizens are welcome. For further information please click here or send your ideas via email to imagine@beaconsfield.ca .
March 22, 2019 - The second stage of the Reimagining SPACE citizen consultation for the revitalization of Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property was launched with success. This first of four creative workshops was attended by roughly 50 citizens who actively participated. The workshop was successful for the quality and diversity of the constructive interaction and the findings on the future of Centennial Hall.
 
“The high level of citizen participation and the wealth of input generated many points of consensus which will be very useful for the members of the Steering Committee in making recommendations to Council,” states City Councillor Robert Mercuri, president of the Reimagining SPACE Committee.
 
During the previous Diagnostic session, held on February 20, the participants had identified key issues for Centennial Hall and Park, the library and the Lord Reading property with the goal of developing a global vision for these sites.
 
At this first creative workshop, held on March 13, the participants broke out into ten working groups. Each group dealt with eight aspects regarding Centennial Hall that were based on the findings of the Diagnostic session.
 
The workshop participants agreed that Centennial Hall no longer meets the standards for current use; its basement kitchen has been condemned by the Fire Department for a long time, the building requires major investments, and space for cultural activities is limited. Only nine associations use the building regularly.
 
The workshop participants also acknowledged the attachment to the historic character of the site and to the view, as well as the importance of maintaining the architectural elements. Also discussed was the lack of space and functionality, the outdated state and inaccessibility of the building, as well as the desire for a spacious, functional location and facilities that are ecological and sustainable. It was also suggested to expand the services and activities (coffee shop, amenities, kitchen, hall rental, etc.) and to create a space where the park and its views can be enjoyed at all times. The question of whether to renovate or replace the current building was also among the subjects discussed.  
 
Since the launch of the consultation process, many suggestions were also submitted by email for consideration by the members of the Steering Committee composed of nine citizens who bring complementary expertise and experience to the table, as well as City Councillors Robert Mercuri and Karen Messier.
 
“All discussions revolved around solutions and projects that combine culture, leisure and nature in a spirit of openness, collaboration and respect that is a reflection of the community of Beaconsfield. We wish to thank everyone who has given their time so generously”, concludes Robert Mercuri.
 
The next workshop on the subject of a multipurpose centre will take place on April 3 at the Herb Linder Annex; all citizens are welcome. For further information please click here or send an email to imagine@beaconsfield.ca.
 
January 28, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is pleased to announce its participation in the Project for the electrification of municipal trucks and specialized transport - Study Component - (PéCTS) together with the cities of Nicolet, Plessisville, and Varennes. Led by the Société d’innovation en environnement and YHC Environnement, the four cities will participate in a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and financial considerations for the electrification of the municipal fleet.
 
The PéCTS project will develop solutions to convert trucks to use electric power or some of their components to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 20% and to lessen the environmental impacts of transportation.
 
In addition to GHG reduction in the identification of solutions, the targeted benefits of this study include the reduction of energy expenditure, the optimization of the management of the municipal trucks, the development of new regional expertise in the field of electrification of transport, and modernization of the vehicles of the municipal fleet.
 
"Municipalities play a central role in climate protection because they have a direct or indirect impact on almost half of Canada's GHG emissions. For Beaconsfield, there is no doubt that the environment is an important issue and that it is obvious to encourage the development of technological solutions aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of transportation. Thanks to the PéCTS project, this collaboration between Quebec municipalities allows us to multiply our efforts in this joint initiative for the benefit of our respective communities," says Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield.
 
The realization of the PéCTS project is possible thanks to funding from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM contributed $95,440 for the study component of this project.
January 9, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is proud to have been selected to participate in the development of the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard. QUEST and Pollution Probe are non-profit organizations bringing together nine communities across Canada to help develop a roadmap on how to transition towards being a “Smart Energy” community, and evaluate their progress along the way. “Smart Energy” communities improve energy efficiency, limit energy consumption costs, enhance energy reliability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
"Beaconsfield is the only city in Québec to make the short list for the QUEST pilot project. We are proud to collaborate with innovative communities across Canada, which will serve to motivate our residents to join us in the efforts to become a more sustainable, self-sufficient, and resilient community in the face of climate change," said Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
The Scorecard is a tool that will help benchmark and evaluate the progress of Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Beaconsfield will join Bridgewater, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife, Markham and Campbell River to provide insight on how best to gauge a community’s progress towards energy efficiency.  At the end of the pilot, Beaconsfield will receive a Scorecard Report that will contribute to its ongoing community energy planning efforts.
 
To learn more about QUEST and the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard visit questcanada.org/scorecard
City representatives participated in a first meeting with Transport Québec on October 11, 2018. The objective of this meeting was to launch the project. The firm mandated by Transport Québec, WSP, was also present at the meeting. WSP presented the work schedule and issues perceived. The next steps are to analyse the rights-of-way and to establish the concepts retained according to the results.  
 
A first deliverable should be submitted in 6 months, followed by consultation meetings with citizens. The initial schedule is being respected. The preliminary pre-project study for the construction of a sound wall on the south side of Highway 20 in Beaconsfield should be submitted in the fall of 2019.
In keeping with the recommendation of the Parks Master Plan, Heights Park has been earmarked for renovation in 2019. The objective is to create a universally accessible park which encourages play and social interaction for residents of all ages.
 
Three Open House sessions in November offered residents the opportunity to view concept plans and provide feedback on the redesign of Heights Park. 
 
girl swing
Consult the plans for the two proposed concepts for the redesign of Heights Park as well as additional documents relating to urban furniture and equipment:
 
 

 

 
211An information and referral service available 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year, which will eventually be open 24 hours a day.
 
211 Community resources directory is also available on the web. In collaboration with community organizations, all information on social and community resources is updated annually.
 
With the help of statistics from calls and web frequency, 211 sheds a light to government officials and decision-makers on social needs and in determining missing resources that are needed.
 
211 service helps curb poverty and social exclusion, giving the people with non-urgent social needs rapid information on the social and community resources that will help them find solutions to move beyond their precarious situations.
 
211 is a free service, largely accessible especially for low-income people, seniors and newcomers.
 
 

sewer grate 2sewer grate rectThe Public Works department has noticed that certain sewer lines in your sector are blocked due to an accumulation of small branches and other small bits of debris which can only be there if they were purposefully put down the gaps in the sewer grates.  Recently, the accumulation of debris has caused many sewer back-ups.

We would ask for your cooperation in stopping this recurring issue in your sector by asking you to inform your children and anyone else who you might see putting debris in the gaps in the sewer grates of the consequences of their actions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Muted citizen response regarding utility and financing

November 20, 2015 – Beaconsfield residents are cautious in their assessment of the utility and financing methods of a sound wall along the south side of Highway 20, despite the exceptional proposal made by the Provincial Minister of Transport Robert Poëti for its implementation.

This was revealed by a survey of 600 adult Beaconsfield residents conducted by Léger Marketing from October 16 to 23, 2015; the results were weighted according to sex, age, owner or tenant status and district of residence. Such research reflects an overall position of citizens regarding the project’s relevance and financing methods. The results can be expected to be accurate to within 4% if repeated again 19 out of 20 times.

“We have conducted this survey to become fully aware of the overall position of our residents on this project. The results confirm the caution with which we have handled this matter from the beginning”, explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.

According to the pollster’s analysis, the survey results show that “the majority of the citizens seem unconvinced of the sound wall’s necessity […], because they have doubts regarding its efficiency and appearance or disapprove of the costs related to the implementation of the project.

“This first level of consultation allows us to take stock of the stakes to be considered before deciding whether to accept the Minister’s proposal. We will now address the financing and consultation methods to ensure that the decision will be made with total transparency as part of a democratic exercise which will respect all parties concerned”, adds the Mayor.

Transport Minister Robert Poëti recently offered to bear 75% instead of 50% of the project costs. Despite this exceptional proposal, Beaconsfield’s part would still amount to five million dollars.

The survey results demonstrate that the noise problems caused by the highway affect a very slight majority of respondents in the three districts closest to Highway 20, whereas the respondents in the three other districts declare to be hardly or not affected.

The two main reasons given by those opposed to the project are the costs (53%) and the fact that they are not directly affected by the noise generated by highway traffic (46%).

This trend is even more pronounced when considering the cost issue. The most impacted districts favour a general cost-sharing solution, while those less or not impacted believe that the costs should be covered by the affected owners.

Click here to consult the survey and its results (PDF)

 

The City of Beaconsfield has implemented an automated call system called CodeRed to provide the means to reach citizens in an emergency. It is an efficient call system that can reach a large number of people in a very short time and can be deployed in a specific area, even a street if, for example, a broken water main were to force interruption of the water supply. In other cases, authorities could use it to announce an environmental accident, a gas leak or other emergency. The message could include information on procedures to be followed.

Is your phone number confidential, have you only a cell phone or have you moved in the last month?
The CodeRed database system contains numbers of landlines in our territory. In case of an emergency, citizens are called at home, on their cell, or at both numbers. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called. The CodeRed automated call system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own telephone or cellular numbers directly to the system's database. This can be done by visiting the City's website and clicking CodeRed.

Caller ID

When you see 866 419-5000 displayed, you will know the call is from the City. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.

This project complements other procedures already established as part of the City's emergency plan to improve efficiency during emergency situations.