Evening parking is now free in downtown Montreal for the rest of 2020

Nov 17 2020, 12:01 pm

Downtown parking after 6 pm in Montreal will be free from now until the end of 2020.

Apart from offering free holiday parking on weekends, the city’s new initiative aims to rejuvenate the downtown core’s economy as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

Montreal Mayor ValĂ©rie Plante made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, saying the plan will give Montrealers “more options” to safely do their holiday shopping in person, instead of online.

Usually, evening parking in downtown Montreal is free after 9 pm.

In October, the Plante administration said the city is injecting $6 million to help businesses throughout November and December, to stimulate more localized shopping.

Plante says there is “no reason” not to shop on local streets, adding that online shopping giants aren’t the businesses that need financial help.

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