Offering healthy and mainly local products, the solitary markets are operated by nonprofit organizations that aim to provide a fair price for their products, by finding a balance between the amount paid to the growers, the amount required for the markets’ administration and the price consumers pay. Solidarity markets are improving the availability of fresh, local and affordable products within Montréal’s districts, especially in the poorest neighbourhoods, in terms of both food supply and socio-economic levels.
The idea of setting up solidarity markets beside Montréal’s metro stations was inspired by the initiatives of the Frontenac solidarity market and the Sauvé market (both members of Montréal’s Public Markets—MPM), over the past few years. These innovative models, which arose as a result of community and citizen mobilization, have helped improve peoples’ access to fresh fruit and vegetables in their own neighbourhoods.
Coordinated by Montréal’s Public Markets, the establishment of solidarity markets beside metro stations is part of the Plan d’action régional du système alimentaire équitable et durable de la collectivité montréalaise, or SAM 2025 (regional action plan for an equitable and sustainable food system for Montréal). Piloted by many actors from various stakeholder groups, this action plan operates at every level of Montréal’s food system: production, processing, marketing and consumption. Its overarching vision is that by 2025, everyone on the island of Montréal will have convenient access to a wide variety of affordable and healthy food, through an approach based on sustainable development.
Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au soutien et à l’appui financier de Québec en Forme et s’inscrit dans le volet « Système alimentaire montréalais » (SAM) du Plan d’action régional 2014-2016 de la Table intersectorielle régionale en saines habitudes de vie (TIR-SHV).
Situated at the south exit of the Cadillac metro station.
The solidarity market is open from June to September, 30.
The Cadillac solidarity market is run by Y’a Quelqu’un l’aut’bord du mur (YQQ), a social economy enterprise that carries out environmental activities with the community in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough. It is part of the YQQ’s Paysage Solidaire project, which has the goal of developing urban agriculture sites in the district and improving access to fresh food for people living in the borough through the establishment of markets. The produce, sold at a fair price, comes from neighbourhood gardens and other local producers.
Wednesday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Thursday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Friday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Saturday10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Situated at the exit of the Frontenac metro station.
From June, 14 to December, 24
The Frontenac Solidarity Market resulted from a citizen-led initiative to provide affordable locally grown fruit and vegetables in areas where it is hard to find low-priced healthy food. Situated in the heart of the Saint Marie district, the non-profit organization spares no effort in making a positive impact in the community by offering healthy, locally produced and sustainably grown food. Much more than just a neighbourhood market, the Frontenac Solidarity Market is a meeting place for socializing and mobilization.
Tuesday10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Thursday10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Friday10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Saturday10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Situated at the exit of the Sauvé metro station.
From June, 16 to October, 30
Marché Ahuntsic-Cartierville (MAC) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve access to healthy food and to reduce the number of intermediaries between local producers and the public. From June to November, MAC sells fairly priced fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as artisanal bread, local honey and pies made with fruits in season, in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough.
Monday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.