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Due to a large amount of materials picked up today, it will not be possible to complete collection on some streets. This will be completed tomorrow.

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The property assessment roll, filed every 3 years, consists of an inventory of all properties located on the territory of a municipality...

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UPDATE December 14, 

Due to a technical problem with Canada Post's distribution system, the calendars that had been separated by north and south sectors were distributed randomly. Since we are unable to know exactly which version was distributed to which address, we must redistribute them. This will be done in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can find the January collection information in the December Contact on page 7.

You can also download or consult the calendars by clicking on the following links:

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“The taxes levied for regional services are scandalous!” Mayor Georges Bourelle

Beaconsfield, December 1, 2022 – “The 2023 Agglomeration budget for regional services exclusively managed by the City of Montréal is scandalous and its injustice obvious. Montréal limits its contribution to 2.7% but imposes an increase of 11.9% on Beaconsfield! Montréal now surcharges us by 4 million dollars per year. This is completely unacceptable!”

Mayor Georges Bourelle is outraged by the offhandedness with which the Montréal administration is playing its game of reducing its contribution for a fourth consecutive year by increasing the shares for regional services of the related cities, such as Beaconsfield.

For the years 2020 to 2025, Beaconsfield is overcharged by 19 million dollars in favour of Montréal. The combined financial impact at the expense of the 15 cities related to Montréal and their 250 000 residents will reach 122 million dollars. Whereas inflation fluctuates around 7% in Canada this year, Montréal limits the increase of its contribution to 2.7% while inflicting an 11.9% increase on Beaconsfield taxpayers which is almost twice the inflation rate. The combined impact for all 15 cities is 8%.

“Montréal’s devious merry-go-round started with the temporary consensus on Agglomeration finances reached in 2017 for a three-year duration. Since then, Montréal has been avoiding compliance with the original agreement of 2008”, states Mayor Bourelle, who is also vice-president of the City of Montréal’s Finance and Administration Commission for the Agglomeration.

The surtax penalty is very real for the citizens of the related cities. They are already paying 60% more than Montréal taxpayers for Agglomeration services although they are using them less, such as police and fire safety services, public transit, and water treatment.

For Beaconsfield, the injustice caused by the Montréal administration’s manoeuvres comes with a price tag that has increased by 2 million dollars annually for the last three years. The new 2023 budget will increase the tax surcharge to more than 4 million dollars per year for the next three years. In 2025, the invoice for taxes overpaid by Beaconsfield to Montréal will amount to 19 million dollars.

Legal action for 10 million dollars

Mayor Bourelle is still counting on the legal challenge launched by Beaconsfield in 2020, the first year of the wrongful overtaxation, to obtain justice for its citizens. The legal action against the City of Montréal has now reached more than 6 million dollars plus interest.

“We will amend the procedure once more to include the new 2-million-dollar surtax which will actually turn into a surcharge of over 4 million dollars for our citizens in 2023. Our legal action will therefore be adjusted to approximately 10 million dollars”, declares Mayor Bourelle.

The City of Beaconsfield had taken this action in order to uphold the multilateral agreement signed in 2008 and ratified by the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal and the 15 demerged cities. The agreement ensures a fair sharing of regional services costs by the cities on the island of Montréal. “This is no longer the case. It is antidemocratic, unfair, and punishing for our citizens”, concludes Mayor Bourelle.

Impact financier 2020 2025

The leaf drop-off site is now closed for the winter season, following this first snowfall.

Leaves can still be included in the green and food residue collection, as usual.

Beaconsfield, November 3, 2022 - In cooperation with non-profit organization GRAME and Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (IUHSSC), the City of Beaconsfield planted trees to highlight the arrival of 48 young IUHSSC beneficiaries, age 6 to 17, at the Batshaw Centre in Beaconsfield.

"The trees are supposed to symbolize the evolution of the partnership between IUHSSC and the City over the years. We are happy to welcome these new members in our community and to give them the possibility to discover the services offered by our library and leisure programmes," declares the mayor of Beaconsfield, Mr. Georges Bourelle.

Mayor Bourelle states that the City was able to implement this project as a result of the GRAME programme ICI ON VERDIT and a grant of 4,600 dollars obtained from TD Canada through GRAME. The organization also provided invaluable support for the planning of the campus greening and the tree-planting activity on the Elm Avenue site on November 2.

"It was a great pleasure for GRAME to contribute to the planting project at the Batshaw Centre. In fact, we know that involving the young boys and girls in the planting of these 40 trees will allow them to feel engaged and to develop a sense of belonging to the Centre. With these direct interventions and by involving young future leaders in ecofriendly activities, GRAME participates in the greening and embellishment of this living environment," notes Ms. Élise Légaré-Hains, Greening Coordinator at GRAME.

"The cooperation with GRAME has greatly facilitated the efforts of our community to preserve our forest cover on both private and public properties. The access to high-quality tree-planting services at unequalled prices as well as the solid experience of the GRAME team made it possible to increase Beaconsfield's urban canopy," affirms Mayor Bourelle.

"We are very grateful to the City of Beaconsfield for enabling the planting of more than forty trees in cooperation with the GRAME organization. In addition to greening their living space, the activity provided an opportunity for introducing the young people to ecofriendly engagement and raising awareness for the benefits of biodiversity in their environment. We sincerely thank our partners for their financial participation and their implication," says Mr. Jean-François Miron, Associate Executive Director at the West Island IUHSSC.

About GRAME

GRAME – Groupe de recommandations et d'actions pour un meilleur environnement – provides environmental solutions in collaboration with citizens, communities, organizations, and governments by intervening on the ground, deploying education and awareness programmes, and making recommendations firmly backed by robust science that has characterized the organization since its inception. 

About Batshaw Centres

The mission of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (Batshaw Centres), established under the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services, is, among others, to provide psychosocial, rehabilitation and social integration services, and to ensure the provision of services related to child placement, adoption, adoption disclosure, reunification, expertise to the Superior Court and family mediation. Since 2015, the Batshaw Centres are part of the Montreal West Island IUHSSC.

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As part of the bus network redesign and the anticipated commissioning of the REM in the West Island of Montréal, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is holding public consultations.

Beaconsfield residents will be able to express their opinions in two ways: by participating in the virtual consultation session or by using the Let’s chat website.

The virtual information session for the Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, and Beaconsfield sector will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to sign up online.

From now until November 13, residents and people who work in the area can share their opinion on the Let’s chat platform. The tool will allow them to:

  • Consult the information available, including the consultation session recordings, which are posted a few days after the event
  • Comment on others’ proposals, including those of the STM
  • Suggest ideas and receive comments from other participants
  • Learn about the results of the consultation once they are available

More information on the bus network redesign is available online.

Source: stm.info

Beaconsfield, September 21, 2022 – As predicted by Mayor Georges Bourelle, the municipal administration and its financial experts, the effect of the increased property values generated by the new three-year assessment role (2023-2025) will double the unjust overtaxation imposed by the Montréal Agglomeration on Beaconsfield taxpayers to four million dollars per year.

The previous role (2020-2022) had caused a tax surcharge of two million dollars annually for Beaconsfield. The new role will add another two million dollars per year.

"Our lawsuit against the City of Montréal and the Québec Government had already reached six million dollars. With the new role, it will increase by more than four million dollars per year for each of the next three years. The amount of taxes paid in excess to Montréal will represent ten million dollars in 2023, 14 million dollars in 2024, and 18 million dollars in 2025 because of this new role. We are overtaxed by Montréal without receiving any additional services," decries Mayor Georges Bourelle.

This injustice started in 2019 with the adoption of a Ministerial Order that deviated from the rules instituted in 2008 regarding the cost-sharing for regional services, such as police, fire safety, public transit, drinking water and wastewater management. The omission of a neutrality coefficient in the calculation algorithm falsifies the historic equity which had previously established the proportionate shares of the 16 municipalities on the island of Montréal. The Agglomeration budget is solely controlled by the metropolis which grants itself an alleviation of its contribution at the expense of the related municipalities on the island.

To protect its taxpayers, the Beaconsfield administration had filed a lawsuit in 2019. "Pending a court ruling, we will adjust our claims every year to correct this perfect injustice," states Mayor Bourelle, former big business executive and co-chair of the Finance and Administration Commission of the Montréal Agglomeration.

The new three-year role has the same penalizing impact for Beaconsfield as its predecessor. The exuberant real estate market of recent years has led to a rise in property values, averaging 32.4% across the island of Montréal and 39.3% in Beaconsfield.

The mayor of Beaconsfield points out that his administration has undertaken all the appropriate and necessary actions to settle this over-invoicing with the Québec Government as well as the City of Montréal before initiating legal procedures to secure the rights of its taxpayers and protect the citizens of Beaconsfield.

"It is an intolerable nonsense and injustice. We pay more taxes with no added services because of an erroneous calculation algorithm. The validity of our legal action is now more apparent than ever. If we had not acted in 2020, we would have lost our recourse rights, as is the case for the other municipalities on the island. The new role proves that this over-invoicing will be repeated every year and increased every three years, thus adding on to it. It simply does not make any sense", deplores Mayor Bourelle.

 

Beaconsfield, September 15, 2022 – The latest three-year property assessment role for the Island of Montréal tabled on September 14 demonstrates once again that Beaconsfield property values are experiencing a considerable growth rate with an average of 39.3%, increasing the average value of a single-family home to $1,034,500.

“Beaconsfield belongs to the seven municipalities on the Island with average property values of more than one million dollars. This new role confirms the enrichment of all property owners in Beaconsfield who see the value of their property grow faster than inflation”, explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.

The mayor of Beaconsfield wishes to reassure about the impact on property taxes. He points out that the average increase of 39.3% will be compensated by a reduction of the mill rate to limit the impact on the municipal tax bill for 2023.

“The amount on the tax bill is mostly established by the property value in combination with the millrate. While the real estate market, which we do not control, determines the market value of properties, it is the Municipal Council who determines the mill rate. Although the equation is not perfect, we are striving to keep the impact below the inflation rate, as we have done in the past nine years”, reminds Mayor Bourelle.

Beaconsfield’s administrative rigour is even more remarkable considering that half of the municipal budget is determined by the Montréal Agglomeration. Over the last years, the quotes-parts paid to Montréal have been affected by increases exceeding the inflation rates. For that matter, Beaconsfield took legal action in 2020 – for an amount that has since reached more than six million dollars – against the City of Montréal and the Québec Government. The dispute relates to the penalizing method whichis used to calculate the amount that Beaconsfield must remit to Montréal.

“As with every tabling of a new role, the municipal administration is already working on minimizing the impact of the increased property values to keep the increase of the next tax bill below the inflation rate which represents the rising cost of living. Despite the inappropriately high contribution for regional services that we must pay to the City of Montréal, we will do everything necessary to preserve our taxpayers’ ability to pay while maintaining quality services that contribute to the quality of everyday life in Beaconsfield”, assures Mayor Bourelle.

Beaconsfield, August 25, 2022 – Mayor Georges Bourelle, members of City Council and Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, proudly inaugurated Briarwood Park, which was completed at the end of July.

The newly redeveloped park offers an inclusive and contemporary design concept with accessibility in mind for individuals of all ages and abilities so that they can have an experience that meets their needs and aspirations. The play modules are aimed at tactile, motor, cognitive and sensory exploration. It also offers a completely new-to-Beaconsfield addition: A splash pad area!


A contract in the amount of $1,220,135 was awarded in July 2021 for the improvements to Briarwood Park. The City of Beaconsfield obtained a non-repayable contribution of $723,558 from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) administered by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

“The City of Beaconsfield is very grateful for this partnership opportunity. We are pleased to be able to offer residents the opportunity to play and exercise on an inclusive, quality playground. This park will benefit children and adults in the neighbourhood, including the disabled and mobility-impaired population, who will be able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor play,” stated Mayor Bourelle.

“I am truly pleased that Beaconsfield is benefiting from this federal support aimed at helping communities across Canada rebound from the pandemic through investments that support local quality of life. The City of Beaconsfield is renowned for its focus on providing quality public spaces, like Briarwood Park, where citizens can meet, enjoy their outdoor surroundings, and experience a strong sense of community”, declared MP Scarpaleggia.

 

About the CCRF

The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) was launched in June 2021. A total of $500 million has been granted over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), including $107 million to CED to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces in Quebec. As public health restrictions ease, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians. This funding helps communities:

  • adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines; and
  • build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions.

 

 

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Residents opposed to the project and its excessive costs for Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield, August 23, 2022 – The mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle, and the members of Municipal Council released the survey and results of citizen consultations which show that the population is opposed to the noise barrier project proposed by the Ministère des Transports (MTQ) primarily due to its excessive costs.

The survey data as well as the presentation by the experts who conducted the survey are now available on the City’s website at https://bit.ly/3QPfaGz (data) and https://bit.ly/2F4eOJp (presentation).

Mayor Bourelle had also written, as a matter of urgency, to the ministers of Transport and Health and Social Services following a statement by Montréal’s Public Health Department regarding a health issue which contradicts the affirmations of the MTQ experts.

As a reminder, until last May, the MTQ had always maintained that the project was not linked in any way to a health issue but was intended only to improve the quality of life for residents living close to the highway corridor on the south side. Even during the public session on May 17, MTQ officials had assured the population that there were no data regarding health issues in Beaconsfield caused by the highway. However, in June, an expert of the Public Health Department, Dr. David Kaiser, affirmed the contrary in response to representations made by citizens and Mayor Bourelle. Dr. Kaiser who is a renowned specialist in the field, assured that the health of citizens living within 150 metres on both sides of the highway is compromised by the noise, causing stress, sleep loss, cardiac problems, amongst others.

“Considering the new information and these contradictory positions, I have written twice, in June and July, to the responsible ministers of Transport and Health, François Bonnardel and Christian Dubé, asking them for clarification. We need to know whether there is a health issue for our citizens living close to Highway 20, as stated by Dr. Kaiser.

“This has become a crucial question. For years, the MTQ project has only included the construction of a barrier on the south side of the highway to improve the quality of life for the residents living south of the highway. If there is a health risk, this would also apply to the population north of the highway corridor”, explains Mayor Bourelle.

If a health issue exists, the project will become the government’s responsibility and must therefore be undertaken entirely at its expense. If this is not the case, the City would have to bear 25% of the costs for a noise barrier built only on the south side, as per the agreement concluded with the MTQ in 2015. The construction of such a barrier is very expensive, as it also necessitates the relocation of major telecommunication and public utility infrastructure.

The project is currently estimated at approximately 60 million dollars. If the City had to bear 25% of the costs, this would represent the equivalent of its existing long-term debt. The scientific survey shows that such funding is not acceptable in the eyes of the population.

In view of the health issue indicated by the environmental health expert, Mayor Bourelle mentions that it was decided to wait for a response from the two ministers prior to establishing the course of action for this project.

During this period, a representative of Compteurs Lecomte will take the annual reading of your meter. This is usually done from outside your home.

If an indoor inspection is required, residents will be informed with a door hanger of the procedure to follow in order to do the water meater reading directly through the company's website. 

From July until September 30, a representative of the City of Montreal will travel around Beaconsfield and other West Island neighbourhoods to take samples of drinking water directly from the tap (of residences). This person will have an official identification card, a vehicle and a shirt with the City of Montreal logo and will visit homes to take samples. 
 

The by-law on the quality of drinking water requires municipalities to take annual samples of the drinking water in their distribution networks, from residents who agree to participate. The samples are then analyzed in the laboratory and the results are sent to the Ministry of the Environment (MDDELCC). Citizens who participated in this campaign will receive a letter with the official results from the City of Montreal's laboratory in the fall of 2022.  

Access to the water ramp at the corner of Lakeview and Lakeshore. 
For non-motorized watercraft requiring a trailer only        
A permit is required to pass through the gate to access the boat launch.
Cost of permit: $100 for the current year
Key: $100 deposit required

Documents required:
To obtain an annual access permit, you must provide the following documents:

  • Photo and registration certificate of the boat
  • Proof of residence (e.g. driver's licence, Hydro-Québec or telecommunication company bill)
  • Quebec driving licence

You must present yourself in person at the permit counter in City Hall, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. Beaconsfield during opening hours, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Methods of payment accepted:

  • Cash
  • Debit or credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

For more information, write to permis@beaconsfield.ca

 

Light watercraft allowed free of charge:
  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Windsurf board
  • Paddleboard

Starting the week of May 30 until September 
Extensive work including excavation, pipe changes, lighting and installation of electrical charging stations will prevent the use of regular parking spaces in the vicinity of the Recreation Centre starting the week of May 30. This work will continue until the end of September. Access to the Recreation Centre will still be through the main doors despite the work.

Cyclists will still be able to park their bicycles on the bike rack located in front of the Recreation Centre. The skatepark will remain accessible during the reconstruction.
Please plan to arrive in advance to your activity to avoid being late.

Alternative spaces
In order to limit the inconveniences caused by this project, the City has created temporary parking spaces in the green space located on the north side of the Recreation Centre. Please follow the appropriate indications for entries and exits and respect the designated area.

Parking spaces for the disabled and mobility impaired will also be set up temporarily along City Lane in front of the Recreation Centre.

remise cheque ukraine bviMay 12, 2022 – Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle wrapped up the City’s fundraising campaign for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, by handing over a donation of $31,865 to the Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Montréal, Mr. Eugene Czolij, during his official visit to City Hall on May 11, 2022.
 
As previously announced, Beaconsfield residents were invited to donate to this fundraiser which ended on April 14.  In addition to the amount of $10,000 approved by Council, the City also matched donations made by individual citizens up to a maximum of $20,000, meaning that citizens have generously given $11,865. 
 
“On behalf of Council, I wish to express once more that we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with the Ukrainian community in Québec. Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been devastated by this war,” stated Mayor Bourelle.
 
“I truly appreciate this act of great generosity and significant support for the Ukrainian people, victims of an unprovoked war,” declared Mr. Czolij.
 
It is still possible to contribute to an online fundraiser set up by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to help millions of Ukrainian families displaced by this war, at canadahelps.org/en/dn/70605 (Canada-Ukraine Foundation). 
 
 
March 31, 2022 – With the goal to enhance the property of the Centennial Marina and the adjacent park, the City authorized the submission of a revised grant application for this flagship project to the program Aide au développement des infrastructures culturelles managed by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) at the March 28 Council meeting.
 
The original grant application was submitted in 2021 in order to take the first steps to achieve this revitalization project, which includes the construction of a new multipurpose centre located on the marina property. Following discussions with the representatives of the ministry, the project was revised in order to increase the versatility of the spaces, to limit the footprint by highlighting the natural character of the site, and to provide an estimate that reflects current market conditions.
 
As a result of this exercise, the total area of the building has been reduced by 31%, with a revised project cost of $15,599,000 for the construction of the new centre as well as the adjoining landscaping. For a potential start of construction in 2024, this estimate includes an inflation rate of 6.1% for 2022 and a rate of 4.2% for 2023. The revised cost for professional fees, equipment, and other expenses is estimated at $4,035,000. According to the conditions of the program Aide au développement des infrastructures culturelles, the City is requesting a grant of $3,038,209. The City hopes to receive a response to the grant application during the fall of 2022.
 
The revitalization project meets the criteria of other financial assistance programs, for which grant applications will be submitted following acceptance by the MCC. A fundraising campaign with private donors is also planned. The City's contribution will be funded through a combination of a loan by-law, as well as from the City’s reserves and surpluses available at the time of the project implementation.
 
“These public and private contributions are essential to respect the financial capacity of taxpayers and realize a quality project for the benefit of the entire community The participatory consultations held in 2019 made it possible to reach clear consensus that these exceptional sites must be revitalized, and that this initiative should be a vehicle for the sustainable development and quality of life of our city”, underlined Mayor Bourelle.
Launched in 2018, the Reimagining SPACE project is framed by a vision to develop a project to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property with the collaboration of Beaconsfield residents that combines culture, leisure and nature. Following consultations that highlighted, among other things, deficiencies in the Library (our busiest community hub in the City) the Project Steering Committee issued a series of recommendations in 2019. These include the following:
 
  • The marina property should be integrated with Centennial Park;
  • The redevelopment of Centennial Park should preserve its natural character;
  • The construction of a multi-purpose centre (including a library and community spaces) will serve as an anchor, allowing our community to enjoy this unique waterfront space.
February 17, 2022 - In 2021, the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) conducted a compliance audit with five municipalities to determine compliance with certain legislative and regulatory provisions relating to the publication of documents and information on contracts in the Système électronique d’appel d’offres (SÉAO) of the government of Quebec. The audit also aimed to verify that municipalities publish information on their websites regarding the list of contracts entered into and involving an expenditure of at least 25,000 dollars. 
 
Following the compliance audit by the CMQ, the City of Beaconsfield obtained a result of 96%. The City participated diligently and with rigour in this audit and is pleased with the audit report provided by the CMQ team. From the publication process to the awarding of the contract, Beaconsfield proves to be in the lead and attests to the quality and robustness of its control procedures in place for its calls for tenders relating to the execution of works, professional mandates and the purchase of goods and services. “We are very satisfied to see that the overall result is reassuring and that the City is in compliance for the vast majority of the elements audited”, explains the Mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle.
 
The City provided all the information available and required to the best of its knowledge to enable the proper conduct and conclusions of this audit and takes note of the few changes to make in order to improve its internal controls. “This CMQ audit report confirms that the administration is working effectively and efficiently for the entire population of Beaconsfield” explains the Director General, Patrice Boileau.
 
The City of Beaconsfield wishes to thank the CMQ team for their professionalism and their constructive comments, which will allow the City to adjust its practices in a spirit of continuous improvement and for the benefit of all stakeholders.
 
You may consult the announcement by the Commission municipale du Québec as well as the compliance audit report at: https: cmq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/la-commission/salle-de-presse/la-commission-municipale-rend-public-son-rapport-d-audit-sur-la-publication-des-contrats-dans-le-systeme-electronique-d-appel-d-offres-seao (In French only).

montreal 2022 englishOnce again, we are proud to announce that the City of Beaconsfield has been named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2022.

For the third year in a row, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers have selected us based on criteria such as our retirement planning assistance, our parental leave support, and our sick and personal day policies. Our flexible work arrangements, tuition subsidies, and in-house training opportunities set us apart as a top employer.

Find the details of our nomination at reviews.canadastop100.com in the “Montréal’s Top Employers” section.

January 18, 2022 – While the Municipal Council of the City of Montréal is preparing to officially adopt its 2022 budget of 6.46 billion dollars on Friday, the City of Beaconsfield increases its claim to 6 million dollars to recuperate taxes paid in excess for regional Agglomeration services.
 
“This is a matter of fundamental fairness for us. For three years now, our residents have been paying an additional 2 million dollars per year with no added services, whereas Montréal has lowered its contribution and obtained more services over the same period. This situation contradicts the principles of municipal taxation of the Québec government: each taxpayer contributes to the cost of services in proportion to the benefits obtained,” reiterates Beaconsfield’s Mayor Georges Bourelle. 
 
This injustice started in 2019 with the adoption of a Ministerial Order that differed from the rules established in the 2008 agreement on the reconstitution of the municipalities following the demergers in 2006. The new calculation algorithm became incomplete by the omission of the neutrality factor, thereby distorting the historic equity that had previously established the proportionate shares of the 16 municipalities on the island of Montréal for regional services, such as police and fire services, public transit, drinking water and waste water management. 
 
In 2020 and 2021, the Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, tried unsuccessfully to find consensual solutions with Montréal who rejected them all. “All propositions aiming at re-establishing equity and justice would increase Montréal’s contribution and reduce ours. That is the only reason for Montréal’s continued stonewalling,” explains Mayor Bourelle. 
 
The mayor of Beaconsfield states that his administration has taken all useful and necessary actions with the Québec government as well as with the City of Montréal to address this overtaxation prior to resorting to legal procedures in order to secure and protect the rights of the citizens of Beaconsfield.
 
The injustice will get worse
 
Mayor Bourelle also notes that the injustice against Beaconsfield and, consequently, other municipalities with high residential density on the island of Montréal will be exacerbated by increasing property values which will be reflected in the next three-year (2023-2024-2025) property evaluation roll. Experts project an average increase of 30% in residential property values, but little change for commercial and industrial properties. This penalizes in particular the municipalities of Beaconsfield, Westmount, Mount-Royal, Hampstead, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Montreal-West. 
 
“This injustice is intolerable. It is unconceivable to pay more taxes without receiving additional services, just because of a distorted algorithm resulting in inequitable sharing of regional service costs. It unnecessarily reduces the contribution of municipalities that have many businesses and industries at the expense of cities where the municipal taxes are paid, for the most part, by the citizens,” concludes Mayor Bourelle.
 
 
Please consult the brief and the application for judicial review filed in Superior Court and its amendments (in French only):
 
June 15, 2021 – The Mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle and the members of City Council officially reaffirm the importance of the city’s bilingual status for the community of Beaconsfield as a pledge for multiculturalism, inclusion, tolerance and comprehension in a generous society. 
 
By adopting a resolution to that effect at last night’s Council meeting, the mayor and the elected officials of City Council confirm this fact in the light of Draft Bill 96 proposed by the Québec government to preserve the French language.
  
“For us, this resolution conveys an important message that reflects the spirit of our community. The English and French language have both forged our society and continue to unite our community in a social environment that is inclusive, tolerant and generous, open and multicultural,” states Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
The City’s bilingual status was already confirmed, even prior to Draft Bill 96, since the most recent census conducted by Statistics Canada showed that more than 55% of Beaconsfield’s population identified English as their native language. 
 
Draft Bill 96 allows municipalities to maintain their current bilingual status, even if less than 50% of the population are native English speakers, provided that the City Council adopts a new resolution in that sense.
 
 
 
 
Average property value increased by 25.9%  
 
“We will keep tax increases within inflation” 
                                    – Mayor Georges Bourelle
 
 
While the value of Beaconsfield properties has experienced one of the strongest growth rates in the Montreal area with an average of 25.9% over the last three years, the impact on the next municipal tax bill will be contained within inflation, which should be around 2% for the local portion of the property tax.
 
The average value of a single-family home in Beaconsfield, established by the evaluation service of the Montreal Agglomeration, rose from $571,900 to $732,800. This is a difference of $130,000 compared to the same type of property on the island of Montreal, assessed at $600,900.
 
“This is excellent news. The considerable increase in value of our homes means, in concrete terms, that we all have become wealthier. This is important, as for the majority of us, our home constitutes our most valuable asset”, explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
Mayor Bourelle also wishes to reassure residents that the next municipal tax bill for 2020 will be adjusted to the consumer price index of about 2% for the local property tax portion which is controlled by the municipal administration of Beaconsfield, while the other portion is strictly the responsibility of the Montreal Agglomeration.
 
“The role of public managers is to ensure that the taxpayers’ ability to pay is preserved. This is what we have done over the past seven years, while maintaining our infrastructure, roads and parks, and continually improving our services and offers. This is what we will continue to do despite the increases recorded in the property assessment role”, indicates Mayor Bourelle.
 
The assessment role, tabled every three years by the Agglomeration determines the market value of properties on the island of Montreal, therefore also for Beaconsfield. However, the tax bill contains a variety of elements used to determine the property value, including the assessment.
 
“We will weight this major increase of 25.9% in property values by reducing the mill rate accordingly. Since the assessment increases vary for each property, some tax bills will be adjusted to inflation, while others will be slightly higher or lower”, concludes the Mayor.
 
 

An amendment to By-law BEAC-033 regarding nuisances was adopted by Council on Monday.

This amendment prohibits the use of leaf blowers from June 1 to September 30 and will be in effect starting next year. 

The pertinent documentation relating to this amendment can be consulted below: 

 
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.

 

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.