Montréal, June 15, 2016. The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) makes
public this morning the report on the public consultation on reducing Montréals dependence
on fossil fuels. It is important to note that this consultation mandate originated from a citizens
request under the Right of Initiative provided by the Montreal Charter of Rights and
Responsibilities. Its objective was to draw out concrete, ambitious and achievable initiatives
that Montréal could implement to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Underscoring the extraordinary mobilization resulting from the mandate, OCPM president
Dominique Ollivier stated: At the start of this consultation, we said that we wanted to draw on
Montréals collective intelligence to identify solutions for the city, associating Montrealers
energy with the debate surrounding fossil and renewable energies. In five months, over 3500
citizens and organizations answered our invitation.
In addition to the traditional meetings for the presentation of written and oral opinions, the
consultation provided a variety of other means to gather the advice of citizens: an online
consultation in a platform that allowed the debate of ideas, citizens workshops (self-organized
consultations using a downloadable kit), meetings with experts and a creative marathon. These
resulted in 92 briefs, more than 50 activities, almost 500 solution paths, and some 20 projects.
The Office notes that for the majority of consultation participants, reducing dependence on
fossil energies is part of a broader goal to ultimately reduce greenhouse gases and combat
climate changes. Therefore, the proposed solutions affect all of societys consumers and extend
beyond the strict framework of its consultation mandate. The overall results of the process
constitute a wealth of information, suggestions, and references to local and foreign experiences
that were particularly difficult to translate into a few recommendations on how to reduce
Montréals consumption of fossil fuels. added the president.
In keeping with the wishes expressed by the mayor and the collectives of citizens behind the
consultation request, the OCPM commission attempted, based on the information it received,
to pinpoint major areas of activity conducive to a significant fossil energy reduction, to identify
promising avenues and concrete initiatives to be incorporated into City policies or that are in
keeping with its responsibilities and, lastly, to highlight the efforts that the citizens themselves
are ready to make and how Montréal can support those endeavours. Nonetheless, the
proposed solutions remain available on the OCPM site at ocpm.qc.ca/energies-fossiles
The report made public today proposes, initially, major transversal recommendations that
require changes in principles and paradigms, followed by specific solutions in terms of buildings,
freight transportation, modal shifts, etc.
In the wake of the consultation, the commission believes that, to achieve a true energy
transition, Montréal must take advantage of these favourable conditions to quickly set out clear
orientations that will have to be globally entrenched in principles in all of the Citys activities
and policies. They are divided into four major themes as follows:
The City should adopt effective measures and indicators to track the progress of its plans and
policies, and mandatorily provide regular updates to citizens in order to build a culture of
success. It should prioritize actions that will change the paradigm of a car-driven society and
develop a city that is less dependent on fossil fuels. It should develop mechanisms and exercise
strong leadership to allow the financing of the energy transition. The City should be exemplary
in its practices and its own management in order to become a model for Montrealers and its
partners, to imprint the movement and support the mobilization of the community in all areas
where the reduction of fossil-energy consumption is possible.
A list of the recommendations is available in the press kit (French
the complete report (in French) is available here