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A typical suburban area of Rivière-des-Prairies
A typical suburban area of Rivière-des-Prairies
Official logo of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles's location in Montreal
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles's location in Montreal
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Merge into
January 1, 2002
Electoral Districts

La Pointe-de-l'Île
 • TypeBorough
 • MayorCaroline Bourgeois (PM)
 • Federal MP(s)Mario Beaulieu (BQ)
Pablo Rodríguez (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Chantal Rouleau (CAQ)
Marc Tanguay (PLQ)
 • Land42.3 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
 • Total106,743
 • Density2,524.7/km2 (6,539/sq mi)
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Access Routes A-40 (TCH)

Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles is a suburban borough (arrondissement) on the eastern tip of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at the eastern end of the Island of Montreal.


The borough is located at the eastern tip of the Island of Montreal. It is composed of the districts of Rivière-des-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles and La Pointe-aux-Prairies, which were part of the City of Montreal prior to the 2002 municipal mergers. Prior to 2002, it was an exclave separated from the rest of Montreal by independent cities to the west. From January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2006, the borough included the town of Montreal East, which has now demerged from Montreal.

The borough's name lists the two neighbourhoods according to their date of annexation to Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies joined in 1963 and Pointe-aux-Trembles in 1982). It has a population of 102,457.

Rivière-des-Prairies is mainly composed of suburbs, as well as multiple forested areas and fields. Pointe-aux-trembles is more urban and dense but remains suburban in nature. The third district, La Pointe-aux-Prairies, is a typical suburb composed of townhouses, condos and single-family dwellings, which makes it a destination of choice for young families that wish to remain on the island of Montréal. The Saint Lawrence River flows at the southern border of Montreal, while the Rivière des Prairies River forms Montreal Island's northern boundary with Laval.


Historical populations
Home language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 68,490 71%
English 15,755 16%
Other languages 12,020 13%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 63,700 63%
English 6,985 7%
Other languages 29,915 30%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 77,370 74.5%
Visible minorities 26,440 25.5%

The Rivière-des-Prairies part of the borough is more multiethnic and known for its high concentration of Italians and Haitians, while the Pointe-aux-Trembles segment is more homogenous and ethnically French-Canadian. On July 9, 2006, after Italy won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Maurice Duplessis Boulevard was closed to traffic due to the great number of fans celebrating in the street.


A view of the Rivière des Prairies river from the North of Rivière-des-Prairies.

The borough is divided into three districts—La Pointe-aux-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies—and has seven elected representatives since the November 2005 municipal election: one borough mayor, three city councillors, and three borough councillors.

As of the November 5, 2017 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
Borough mayor
City councillor
Caroline Bourgeois   Projet Montréal
La Pointe-aux-Prairies City councillor Richard Guay   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Lisa Christensen   Projet Montréal
Pointe-aux-Trembles City councillor Suzanne Décarie   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Gilles Déziel   Ensemble Montréal
Rivière-des-Prairies City councillor Giovanni Rapanà   Ensemble Montréal
Borough councillor Nathalie Pierre-Antoine   Ensemble Montréal

Federally it's in the ridings of Honoré-Mercier and La Pointe-de-l'Île, and provincially part of LaFontaine and Pointe-aux-Trembles.


The Borough is served by two school boards. The French schools are part of the Commission scolaire Pointe-de-l'Ile while the English schools are part of the English Montreal School Board.

Francophone schools:

Anglophone schools:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, East Hill.
  • Gerald McShane School is in Montreal-Nord, but also serves Rivière-des-Prairies.

The borough is served by the Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies branches of the Montreal Public Libraries Network.

Additional information

  • From 2002 to 2006, borough headquarters were located in Montreal East's town hall, which benefitted from a $5 million expansion voted in 2003 and completed in September 2005. Since the town's demerger, the borough's services have been relocated in both Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles, but a recent proposal to build a new borough hall next to the planned Rivière-des-Prairies Maison de la Culture (cultural centre) has been adopted despite the ire of the Pointe-aux-Trembles councillors.
  • The borough is covered by three weekly newspapers, two in French ("L'Avenir de l'Est" in Pointe-aux-Trembles and "L'Informateur" in Rivière-des-Prairies) and one in English ("The East End Suburban", which covers only Rivière-des-Prairies).

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Coordinates: 45°39′32″N 73°31′15″W / 45.658903°N 73.520728°W / 45.658903; -73.520728