After many years of debate and disagreement, Côte Saint-Luc agreed to the extension of Cavendish Blvd. from Saint-Laurent to Côte Saint-Luc, most likely through an indirect route, to Cavendish Blvd. in the borough of Saint-Laurent, over the Canadian Pacific railyards. However, the City of Montreal has delayed their timeline for constructing the new road.
Côte Saint-Luc (along with all Montreal Island's other suburbs) was forced to merge with the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002, but was given the opportunity to demerge from the city in 2004. During the 3 years that it was merged with the City of Montreal, some services decreased. It was merged with its neighboring suburbs of Hampstead and Montreal West to form the borough of Côte-Saint-Luc—Hampstead—Montréal-Ouest. In a referendum held on June 20, 2004 over 87% of Côte Saint-Luc residents voted to demerge and Côte Saint-Luc was re-established as a separate city on January 1, 2006.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is led by the mayor and eight councillors. The current councillors are
Côte Saint-Luc is served by a unique Emergency Medical Services first responder system. The only volunteer first responders on the island of Montreal, the Emergency Medical Services department answers more than 3,000 calls for help every year. The EMS volunteers provide a vital link in the chain of survival, arriving on scene within three minutes to stabilize the patient, before the Urgences-Santé ambulance arrives to transport the patient to the hospital. Côte Saint-Luc also has a full time Public Security Department who enforce municipal by-laws and recently launched a volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program that allows residents to deter crime. The city is well known for its fine parks and recreational facilities including the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, one of few libraries in North America that is open every day of the year.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is a bilingual, multicultural community. Approximately 70% of the population speaks English as their home language and approximately 15% speak French as their home language with the other 15% of the population speaking a non-official language at home. When divided amongst preferred official language of use, English is the preferred language of approximately 80% of the population and French 20%. The Jewish community makes up the largest religious community in Côte Saint-Luc with Catholics being second. The City has a substantial Italian community.
Mother Tongue Languages
Statistics for the population according to mother tongue (the first language learned and still remembered) vary significantly from the statistics for home language (the language spoken most often at home), as well as also varying significantly from the statistics for official language usage. The 2006 census found that about 47% of residents had English as a mother tongue (including persons who had more than one mother tongue), while about 17% had French as a mother tongue (also including persons who had more than one mother tongue). The next most common mother tongues were Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Romanian, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Persian.
|English and French||325||1.07%|
|English and a non-official language||295||0.97%|
|French and a non-official language||135||0.45%|
|English, French and a non-official language||65||0.21%|