Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the population and limit the spread of the virus, Ville de Longueuil has decided to cancel all indoor and outdoor events through August 31, inclusively.
The cancelled events include garage sales, Neighbours' Day, Seniors' Week, Fête nationale du Québec and Canada Day, the North American Police and Firefighters Games, and, as previously announced, the Marathon SSQ Assurance de Longueuil. The complete list of cancelled events is available on the City's website. “It's always a difficult decision to cancel public events, especially when they're a regular part of our lives. However, the pandemic, the current public health guidelines, and the need for physical distancing have forced us to rethink the way we do things. Right now, our top priority is the health and safety of our citizens, and that's all there is to it,” said Sylvie Parent, Mayor of Longueuil.
However, a decision has yet to be made about summer day camps or sports leagues. The City will reassess the situation over the coming weeks, as the pandemic evolves and new public health guidelines are issued.
Application for permits and ecocentres: services available
With the spring weather here, many citizens are planning to start doing yard work and projects around the house. They can apply for a permit through the online permit portal, which allows them to submit an application online, as well as pay the fees, track their application, and obtain their permit/certificate without having to leave home (certain conditions apply).
Citizens who have construction debris or materials/items to get rid of can drop them off at one of the ecocentres. In order to respect physical distancing, no more than four people are allowed on the premises at any one time. For more details, the current business hours, and the list of materials accepted, visit longueuil.quebec/en/ecocentres.
Resumption of emerald ash borer control measures
Starting April 23, Ville de Longueuil will gradually resume the felling of ash trees in and around Parc Belcourt, Parc de l'Église, Parc Champvert, and Parc Adoncour. The grubbing and restoration work required in Parc Gentilly Est, Parc Jardin du Cerf, Parc des Hirondelles, Parc Thomas-Dubuc, and Parc Racine will take place at a later date. Greening initiatives are still planned for fall 2020, and for 2021 and 2022. Citizens can access an interactive map on the City's website to track the progress of the work underway.
Postponement of the by-election in the Iberville district
In accordance with the recommendations of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation, Ville de Longueuil is postponing the by-election scheduled for June in the Iberville district, a measure intended to avoid public gatherings in the current circumstances. The City will inform citizens of the new by-election date once it has been determined.
BIXI: returning in June
The City can now confirm that BIXIs will be back in service throughout the territory starting June 1, 2020. The bicycle-sharing system will be fully operational to help citizens with their essential travel needs. To protect its users, BIXI has introduced new protocols for disinfecting and cleaning the stations and the bikes themselves.
Modern and forward-facing, Longueuil is the central city of the Agglomération de Longueuil, home to more than 430,000 residents. Longueuil is renowned for the quality of its essential public services, its rich and varied cultural programming, and its strong potential for economic development. With a history dating back 360 years, Longueuil is also a vibrant and welcoming city with a remarkable quality of life where families can thrive, surrounded by expansive green spaces, peaceful residential and urban neighbourhoods, and a booming business sector.