Samuel De Champlain Bridge to remain rainbow-lit through December

Nov 2 2020, 6:47 am

The Samuel De Champlain Bridge will continue to show rainbow-colours in support of Montrealers and Canadians for at least two more months.

Infrastructure Canada has announced the Champlain Bridge will continue to light up every Sunday from 8 to 9 pm, an hour earlier than it previously has been.

Infrastructure Canada says the bridge is lit up to make the country feel safe as we “work together to mitigate and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Samuel De Champlain Bridge symbolizes strength, sustainability, and community connections,” says Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am pleased that it will continue to display its rainbow lights every Sunday evening in support of the Greater Montreal residents and all Canadians who remain vigilant and stand together in this difficult time. Stay safe and let’s continue to take care of our loved ones and our communities.”

In April, rainbows became a symbol of hope and solidarity throughout the city and several buildings and structures across Montreal have joined in on the movement by lighting up their facades with a variety of colours.

Using the hashtag #cavabienaller on social media, landmarks throughout the city started to showcase creative ways to display rainbows with the slogan “ça va bien aller” (it’s going to be okay).

The slogan first started becoming popular on sidewalks and windows, before the Samuel de Champlain Bridge and the Olympic Stadium joined the lighting display.