The city of Montreal is expanding free parking until September 6 to promote a population of frequent urban businesses severely affected by the pandemic sanctions.
This is the fifth time the measure, which was first announced last December for the holiday season, has been expanded.
Free parking applies to on-street parking in Ville-Marie Borough, Friday from 6pm and on weekends.
The mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante, explained in a press release that the purpose of the measure was to “promote local purchasing, dynamism and the economic revival of the city center.”
“It’s a way for us to encourage more Montreal area citizens and residents to enjoy the many attractions of downtown during the summer,” she declared.
Luke Rabouin, who is responsible for economic and trade development on the executive committee, said businesses were going through difficult times and called on citizens to “more broadly support companies, businesses and businesses, as well as the Montreal economy.”