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Dollard-Des Ormeaux
Skyline of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Flag of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Coat of arms of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Coat of arms
Official logo of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Nickname(s): D.D.O.,[1] Dollard
Motto: Viribus Unitas
Location on Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Dollard-des-Ormeaux is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: [2]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montreal
RCM None
Founded 1924
Constituted January 1, 2006
 • Mayor Edward Janiszewski
 • Federal riding Pierrefonds—Dollard
 • Prov. riding Robert-Baldwin
 • Total 15.10 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
 • Land 15.10 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
Population (2011)[5]
 • Total 49,637
 • Density 3,286.7/km2 (8,513/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 1.4%
 • Dwellings 17,355
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) H9A, H9B, H9G
Area code(s) 514 and 438
Highways No major routes
Website .ca.qc.ddo.villewww
City hall

Dollard-des-Ormeaux (often referred to as D.D.O. or simply Dollard) is a predominantly English-speaking on-island suburb of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. The town was named after French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

The town was merged with the city of Montreal for several years, but its residents elected to reinstate the city as a separate entity in 2006.

In 2001, the official Commission de toponymie du Québec ruled that the correct way to write the city's name was Dollard-Des Ormeaux[2] (one hyphen, one space, all title caps). However, this was not widely accepted and is rarely used in practice. In particular, as of 2014, the city's own website does not use this way of writing the city's name.[6]


  • History 1
    • Early history 1.1
    • Later history 1.2
    • Recent years 1.3
  • Parks and facilities 2
  • Government 3
    • Municipal Patrol 3.1
  • Education 4
  • Demographics 5
  • See also 6
  • References and notes 7
  • External links 8


Early history

In 1714, the area was part of the Parish of St-Joachim de Pointe-Claire. It became part of the Parish of Ste-Geneviève when it detached from Pointe-Claire in 1845.[7]

On July 29, 1924, Dollard-des-Ormeaux detached from the Parish of Ste-Geneviève and became a separate municipality in response to a tax imposed by the Parish road improvements on Gouin Boulevard. Its first mayor was Hormidas Meloche.

The town's name honours the French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, who was killed by the Iroquois at Long Sault in 1660.

Later history

The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux obtained a new charter and was incorporated as a city on February 4, 1960.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux was originally a bedroom community in the early 1960s. In 1961, there were 1,800 residents, and there were 25,000 in 1971.

One of its original main axes, Anselme-Lavigne Street in the Westpark neighbourhood, is named for a farmer who sold his land to the Belcourt Construction Company. Many of the streets in the Sunnydale neighbourhood, including "Sunshine" and "Hyman", are named for members in the prominent Zunenshine family who owned Belcourt. The community is a mixture of residential and commercial properties. Des Sources and St-Jean Boulevards are its main commercial arteries.

The Town Hall was located in a house on Des Sources Boulevard in the early 1960s, and was moved to an 1806 French-Canadian farmhouse in 1964.

During Canada's centennial anniversary in 1967, the town decided to create a "Centennial Park," featuring a man-made lake and hills. It was suggested to use this project for a reservoir for stormwater drainage, as the City was faced with the need to expand surface drainage pipes. However the project ran into problems and became a local scandal and a major drain on resources. It was finally completed in the 1970s, albeit overdue and overbudget.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux was included in the Montreal Urban Community when that government was created in 1970.

Recent years

On January 1, 2002, as part of the Montreal and became part of the Dollard-Des Ormeaux–Roxboro borough. After a change of government and a 2004 demerger referendum, Dollard-des-Ormeaux was reconstituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006. It is now the Montreal Island's most populous city outside Montreal.

Parks and facilities

Dollard is known for its many well-attended green spaces, providing a park within one kilometre of each home.[8] Notable parks include Centennial Park, Westminster Park and Baffin Park.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux is home to the Dollard Civic Centre which serves as city hall, the public library and houses ice skating and swimming facilities.


The city government[9] consists of eight city councillors and a mayor.[10]

  1. Zoé Bayouk (District 1)
  2. Errol Johnson (District 2)
  3. Mickey Guttman (District 3)
  4. Herbert Brownstein (District 4)
  5. Morris Vesely (District 5)
  6. Peter Prassas (District 6)
  7. Alex Bottausci (District 7)
  8. Colette Gauthier (District 8)

Since the City's incorporation in 1960, there have been six mayors. They are Alfred Labrosse (1960–1963), Frederick T. Wilson (1963–1968), Gerald Dephoure (1968–1978), Jean Cournoyer (1978–1982), Gerry Weiner (1982–1984) and Ed Janiszewski (1984–present).

Municipal Patrol

Founded in 1980, a preventative patrol service was initially created to enhance public safety in the city and to enforce parking violations after the merger of police departments on the Island of Montreal. The service is responsible for multiple by-law enforcement, crime prevention, emergency measures, and community relations.


The Lester B. Pearson School Board operates four Anglophone public schools in the area. Schools operated by the LBPSB include Springdale Elementary School, Sunshine Academy, Westpark Elementary School, and Wilder Penfield Elementary School.

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools,[11] including École primaire Dollard-Des Ormeaux, the École primaire du Bois-de-Liesse, the École primaire Saint-Luc, and the École secondaire des Sources.

Private schools include West Island College, Emmanuel Christian School, and Hebrew Foundation School.


Ethnic origin (2006)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Canadian 6,210 16%
Jewish 4,950 13%
French 4,410 11%
Italian 3,380 9%
English 3,315 8%
Irish 2,820 7%
East Indian 2,735 7%
Polish 2,470 6%
Scottish 2,345 6%
Russian 1,680 4%
Lebanese 1,670 4%
Greek 1,655 4%
Filipino 1,400 4%
Chinese 1,395 4%
German 1,315 3%
Home language (from 1996 to 2011)[13][14][15]
Home Language (1996) Population Pct (%)
English 29,905 62.75%
French 8,635 18.1%
Both English and French 1,055 2.2%
Other languages 7,800 16.4%
Home Language (2006) Population Pct (%)
English 30,550 62.7%
French 7,780 16%
Both English and French 860 2%
Other languages 9495 19.5%
Home Language (2011) Population Pct (%)
English 29,675 60%
French 7,970 16.1%
Both English and French 960 1.9%
Other languages 9,920 20%
First official language spoken (1996 and 2011)[13][16][14][15]
First official language spoken (1996) Population Pct (%)
English 33,460 70.2%
French 13,215 27.7%
Other languages 985 2.1%
First official language spoken (2011) Population Pct (%)
English 34,950 70.7%
French 13,485 27.3%
Other languages 990 2.0%
Religion (2001) [17]
Religion Population Percentage % (of total in Quebec)
Catholic 18,820 39.3% 0.3%
Jewish 10,115 21.1% 11.2%
Protestant 6,085 12.7% 1.8%
Christian Orthodox 3,795 7.9% 3.8%
No religious affiliation[1] 2,835 5.9% 0.7%
Muslim 2,615 5.5% 2.4%
Hindu 1,415 3% 5.8%
Christian, n.i.e. 935 2% 1.6%
Sikh 710 1.5% 8.6%
Buddhist 445 0.9% 1%
Eastern religions 65 0.1% 1.9%
Other 15 0.03% 0.3%

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ Dollard des Ormeaux (Montreal District) - What does DDO stand for? Acronyms and abbreviations by the Free Online Dictionary
  2. ^ a b Commission de toponymie du Québec: Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Dollard-Des Ormeaux
  3. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Dollard-des-Ormeaux
  4. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: PIERREFONDS--DOLLARD (Quebec)
  5. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  6. ^ Ville de/City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux website homepage
  7. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Parks and playgrouds. City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
  9. ^ "Members of the City Council". City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  10. ^ Ville de Dollard-des-Ormeaux: Un peu d'histoire
  11. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Ville de Dollard-des-Ormeaux" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  13. ^ a b 1996 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  14. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  15. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  16. ^ 2001 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  17. ^ Canada. 2002. 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE.
  1. ^ Includes Agnostic, Atheist, Humanist, and No religion, and other responses, such as Darwinism, etc.

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