Our District

Peter-McGill is an electoral district and vibrant community, named after Montreal’s second Mayor, located in the western part of downtown in the Ville-Marie Borough.

While many assume this area is all commercial buildings, businesses and tourists, Peter-McGill is made up of several residential neighbourhoods including the Shaughnessy Village, contains 3 higher education institutions, as well as various cultural institutions and public spaces that host community events, and gather people of all ages and backgrounds.

Map of Peter-McGill

The Peter-McGill district is bounded by University Ave. to the East, by the Westmount City limits to the West, by Camillien-Houde Street to the north, (which separates the Côtes-des-Neiges and Mount Royal cemeteries and Mount Royal Park), and by the Ville-Marie highway and Notre-Dame St. to the South.

Peter-McGill includes the neighbourhoods of Shaughnessy Village, the Golden Square Mile, Quartier des Grands Jardins, Quartier des Gares, Victor-Hugo/Lucien L’Allier and parts of Griffintown.

Located on the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka, the Peter-McGill district also contains important gathering spaces for Aboriginal peoples, including Cabot Square, where Aboriginal Day takes place every year.

Population & Demographics

  • Population: 33,297
  • 62% immigrated from outside Canada
  • Average household income is 8,000$ lower than the Ville-Marie average
  • Generally the population living north of Sherbrooke is wealthier than those living to the south
  • For a full population profile take a look at the City of Montreal’s census overview.


With McGill, Concordia and LaSalle College all squarely in the Peter-McGill neighbourhood, and Dawson College right on our border, youth under 25 make up over 22% of the Peter-McGill population, compared to 16% in the rest of the Ville-Marie borough.


The Peter-McGill district is home to almost 3,000 families, with a growing number of services and activities for parents and their children. Family life in Peter-McGill is growing and changing rapidly.


4,930 people over the age of 65 live in Peter-McGill, with almost 41% of them experiencing issues of isolation, and 13% living below the poverty line.  


The Peter-McGill neighbourhood has over 12,000 immigrants, with almost half of them having arrived within the last 5 years. 28% of the district population speaks a language other than English or French at home, most often Mandarin, Farsi and Arabic.

Aboriginal Peoples

While the Peter-McGill Community Council does not currently have the capacity to address issues faced by aboriginal communities, we recognize that the district is on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory, containing numerous spaces that are meaningful to various Aboriginal communities. Several of our member organisations are dedicated to supporting Aboriginal peoples and working towards reconciliation.  

Who Was Peter-McGill?

Peter McGill (1789 – 1860), was a businessman and politician originally from Scotland, who served as mayor of Montreal from 1840 to 1842. He is not to be confused with James McGill, the founder of McGill University. A more comprehensive biography of Peter McGill is available on the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.