– Laval, an Urban City in Nature


Long known as a dormitory area, Laval is currently undergoing a major transformation. Located north of Montreal, this suburban town of 435,000 inhabitants has been making a massive shift to become a modern city that protects its natural environments and favours sustainable mobility.

By adopting a strategic vision in 2015, dubbed “Urbaine de nature” (Urban by nature), Laval clearly positioned itself to become a greener and more sustainable city. We will go over the new Land Use Development Plan adopted in 2017 and the specific actions taken to attain the goals set forth in said plan. We will also talk about Laval’s greenhouse gas offset program, its advances in terms of sustainable mobility, its strategy for the acquisition of natural areas, its work in partnership with organizations in the field, its major shift in terms of waste management, as well as the recasting of its urban planning regulations. The aforementioned regulations are intended to be the building blocks of the new Laval: a modern city that’s urban by nature.