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City of Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

   

Aerial Photo of MontrealDate of Establishment of the Sister City Agreement

June 4, 1998 (Date of Hiroshima City Council Approval)

 

 

Basic Data

 

Population: 1,650,000

Area: 365 km2 (approx. 0.4 times the size of Hiroshima City)

Location:

 

Montreal lies in the southernmost part of Quebec Province in eastern Canada. It occupies the Island of Montreal located in the St. Lawrence river.

Climate:

 

Warm humid summers and cold snowy winters. The difference between hot and cold weather conditions is extreme, with average temperatures of 26°C in July and -6°C in January.

 

 

Profile

 

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec Province, with a population of 1.69 million people. After taking into account the 3.82 million people in the greater urban area, it stands as one of the three largest cities in Canada. The city was also the site of the 1976 Olympic Games.

 

Known as the "Paris of North America," Montreal is a city that has inherited the elegance of Europe's long-standing traditions and culture. At the same time, it is a modern and international city representative of North America. Although founded on French culture, Montreal is a unique city whose culture is a fusion of influences ranging from those of British descent to a host of other ethnic minorities. The city is famous not only for having one of the world’s largest botanical gardens, but also for hosting a variety of events such as regular performances held by symphony orchestras and opera companies, an international fireworks display, and international jazz and film festivals.

 

Montreal's industries are based mainly in the areas of electronic communications, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and foodstuffs. Cutting-edge industrial sectors such as high-technology, IT, and biotechnology are prospering in the city.
In January 2002, Montreal City merged with the 28 local governments of the former-Montreal Urban Community, thus marking the start of a new city administration.

 

 

Background to the Sister City Agreement

 

Exchanges between our two cities began with a speech delivered by the Mayor of Hiroshima at the "International Conference on Peace and Security" held in Montreal in 1986.

 

A great number of exchange activities followed, starting with mutual visits by delegation groups. Our cities were drawn closer towards forming a sister city relationship through activities such as the participation of Montreal in Mayors for Peace and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, other exchanges related to the promotion of peace and botanical gardens, the sending of citizen groups from Japanese-Canadian exchange groups, and visits by trade missions.

 

The signing of the sister city agreement took place in Montreal on May 19, 1998, when a delegation from Hiroshima led by the Mayor of Hiroshima and the Hiroshima City Council Chairperson visited the city. The agreement states both cities' desire to "promote the development of both cities, foster mutual understanding and friendship between citizens, and contribute to a lasting world peace through a broad range of exchanges."

 

 

Development of Exchange Peace Bell in the Japanese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden

 

Since the signing of the agreement, peace-based exchanges have continued between our cities. Every August 6, (August 5 local time) the City of Montreal organizes a Peace Memorial Ceremony that is held in the Japanese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden. In this ceremony, at 8:15am (local time 7:15pm), the moment the bomb dropped, a Peace Bell presented to Montreal from the City of Hiroshima in commemoration of the sister city agreement is rung and the Mayor of Hiroshima’s Peace Declaration is read out in French, English, and Japanese.

 

Also, in October 2008, to commemorate the 10th  anniversary of our sister city relationship, an 84-member goodwill delegation was sent to Montreal to participate in several events, including a commemorative ceremony, an exchange event with local citizens, a commemorative tree planting, and a business forum.

Miniature Garden Commemorative CeremonyGreat efforts have been made on the economic front as well, including a business exchange between the aerospace industries of Montreal and Hiroshima. From 2008 to 2011, utilizing the Regional Industry Tie-Up (RIT) project of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) the City of Hiroshima, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Japan and the Québec  Government  Office  in Tokyo and the City of Montreal, invited organizations and businesses related to the aerospace industry to Hiroshima and carried out dispatches to universities and research institutions.

 

In addition, exchange activities are being carried out in a variety of other fields, beginning with exchange between mutually affiliated universities and high schools, study abroad programs at Hiroshima City high schools for students from Montreal, and collaborative efforts of the Hiroshima Canada Association and various citizen groups. Man of Peace statue

 

There are also many gifts from the City of Montreal on display in various locations within Hiroshima City, including the Montreal Miniature Garden in Ushita Sogo Park, the Mosaiculture “Ducks in Flight” in the Hiroshima Botanical Garden, and the “Man of Peace” statue in the International Conference Center Hiroshima donated to mark the 10th anniversary of our sister city relationship.  

 

 

 

Official Website of the City of Montreal

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