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.
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
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.
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.