Brossard is a municipality in Quebec that is part of the Greater Montreal area and was formerly a borough of Longueuil.
It has a population of roughly 83,000 people and a total land area of 52 square kilometers.
Following the second World War, it saw a massive spike in immigration that has resulted in one of the most ethnically diverse municipalities in the province with 23 different ethnic groups in total.
Brossard has a very active community that participates in a handful of recreational activities.
Their website is updated with seasonal events and classes that people can take to learn a new skill or simply have some fun with like-minded people.
In addition to that, there are several annual events and festivals that attract people from nearby cities.
These range from outdoor converts to snow festivals that have fun activities for people of all ages.
In the suburban area of Brossard, there are a diversity of homes with respect to structure.
Rural Brossard is unsurprisingly much less populated than the suburbs with respect to population and the total number of homes available.
City: 52.20 km2
Land: 45.20 km2
Since 2001, Brossard has continued to see a population that is rising sharply in number. In spite of this, unemployment rates continue to reach all-time lows and more people are participating in the work force. Since this municipality is mostly suburban in nature, a good portion of the economic well-being of Brossard can be attributed to the retail and sales sectors. Visicom, an Internet company, is currently one of the largest employers in Brossard. Its high employment rate can also be attributable to the fact that Brossard is in close proximity to Montreal. A hot development to watch out for is the gradual introduction of clean technology companies such as Alliance Magnesium Ltd. Brossard has taken an initiative in removing waste and coming up with green solutions for the gas and oil industries. This is being done under the firm belief that a clean environment and prosperous economy are intricately linked to one another.
When that becomes too tiresome, the urban area of Brossard is home to several smaller shopping malls and art exhibitions. The former includes several retail stores and food courts for those who are looking to spend the entire day shopping. The latter regularly switches in new art galleries to keep things entertaining for its visitors. When all else fails, downtown Montreal is only a couple of minutes away by car. Brossard’s small size doesn’t stop it from giving its residents plenty of things to do!
Due to Brossard’s small size, it is not divided into distinct neighbourhoods or districts. The only meaningful separation that can be made is the division between the northern suburban area and the southern rural zone.
The suburban area of Brossard is where you can expect to find the majority of amenities that are available in the city. If you like watching sports, the Bell Sports Complex is home to several sporting events that will have you rooting for your home team to win. Shopping districts like Quartier DIX30 will provide citizens with several options for finding the latest deals. If you would like to relax and take it easy, the Sky Spa is known for providing an invigorating experience that one looks for when they are taking time off.
Brossard’s rural area does not leave much in the way of entertainment and activities. With that being said, many residents prefer this quiet lifestyle to the somewhat busier one seen up north. There are several walking paths and hiking trails for those who want some fresh air and physical exercise. Fortunately, the rural area is only a few minutes away from the suburbs by car and many people have no problem commuting to access the best in entertainment and dining that the city has to offer.
In the suburban area of Brossard, there are a diversity of homes with respect to structure. You can expect to find apartments that can be rented, some condos, fully detached residential homes and semi-detached townhomes. The townhomes represent almost half of the private dwellings that are available in Brossard, while the apartment buildings make up roughly 30% of the properties available. Unlike most cities, the majority of apartments here only go up to five stories. This results in a community that is far more integrated and well-acquainted with one another. As per design, most of the homes have a modern look and finish to them. Expect the prices of these homes to range from the low 6 figures to the low 7 figures depending on the size and location of the property in question.
Rural Brossard is unsurprisingly much less populated than the suburbs with respect to population and the total number of homes available. Properties here are far more traditional in design, with some homes being as old as 100 years! Although some of these houses might be renovated, you will find that the traditional interior design of the homes is intact.
Data source: centris.ca report for 2020/2021.
Brossard is not home to any post-secondary institutions. For this reason, all high school graduates pursue further education in Montreal or any other nearby city in the province that offers the university or college program of their choice. Fortunately, the commute is not too long and students have the convenience of being able to regularly visit their friends and family back home. In terms of elementary schools, there are only 9 Francophone elementary schools under the ‘ Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin’ school board and 2 Anglophone public schools that are managed by the Riverside School Board. Even with few schools available, students feel that their education is sufficient to succeed in secondary school and beyond.