The Parc Lausanne synthetic soccer field in the Saint-Bruno district of Laval was recently redeveloped thanks to a grant from the BMO Team of the Week, which was won by the Monteuil U10 women’s soccer team.
As part of the renovation, the soccer field now has new goal nets, as well as new player and spectator shelters that were installed over the past summer. A monument has also been installed near the entrance to the park, with the layout of the park and its various sports facilities, as well as a commemorative plaque.
All work was done with a $125,000 grant from BMO. The Monteuil soccer team (which is now merged with the Association de soccer de Laval) won the Team of the Week contest in 2013. In addition to repairing the field, a donation of $5,000 was given to a local children’s breakfast club.
“It is a great pride to see young female soccer players from Laval unite to get involved in our community in order to give back to those who will follow them,” declared municipal councilor Nicholas Borne, member of the executive committee. sports manager.
“This award will serve not only the soccer club, but also the entire community as it will leave a lasting legacy for all young athletes. It will make it possible to optimize the services offered to sports associations and citizens.
The municipal councilor for the area, David De Cotis of Action Laval, was on hand for the official opening of the establishment. “It’s wonderful to see our companies trying to make such a difference for our young people,” he said. “These investments will benefit the vast majority of our young people and the clubs that use this playing field.”
Caroline Lussier, Regional Vice-President of BMO, declared: “We are proud to have been able to work with the City of Laval to obtain these new soccer facilities which will allow young people to continue to practice their favorite sport in an environment conducive to the success. In keeping with our commitment to make a difference in life and in business, BMO continues to support access to soccer by having a positive impact on communities.
A study on the impact of the pandemic shows that Laval business owners are optimistic
Despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic for two and a half years, there are signs that the entrepreneurial spirit in Laval is still alive, according to a third annual study carried out for the Laval economic regional development agency.
According to a study conducted last year by the polling firm Léger, 90% of business owners in Laval are not afraid of being forced to close due to the current economic situation.
Almost half (46.5%) said in the study that their income had remained stable, while 28% said their income had increased.
The 2021 portrait of entrepreneurial dynamics in Laval also indicates that young people, women and immigrants are among those interested in starting a business. In the study, nearly 16% of all respondents said they intended to start or relaunch a business.
“More than ever, Ville de Laval stands out for the vitality of its entrepreneurial spirit,” declared Mayor Stéphane Boyer. “Despite the negative effects that have affected small and medium-sized businesses in our territory, Laval entrepreneurs have shown resilience and courage and demonstrated that they have everything to succeed.
“I am happy to know that the Laval entrepreneurial community is made up of entrepreneurs from all walks of life who contribute to the diversity of innovative and dynamic businesses, which reflects their attachment to the productive economy of the metropolis,” added Mr. Boyer.
Lidia Divry, General Manager of Laval Economique, said: “The results of the study bear witness to the effervescence of entrepreneurship in the territory, and this is what we see every day in the field. This is a sign that the tools and programs we offer are bearing fruit. With our team, we will continue to support entrepreneurs and businesses in order to generate wealth in our territory.
Some facts from the study:
- 48.8% say they intend to invest in innovative projects over the next year, compared to 31.3% who say so in the rest of Quebec.
- 78.6% have implemented human resources strategies (compared to 61.3% in the rest of Quebec).
- 41% said they intended to invest in recruitment, 40% in improving working conditions, while 38.1% said they would increase wages and benefits.
56.7% of Laval business owners said they had adopted a new strategic direction in the past year, including a focus on sustainable development (32%) or an increased focus on diversity and hiring minorities ( 21.3%).
On-street parking on the alternate side in effect since October 1
Ville de Laval is advising residents that winter parking rules, which involve parking across the street to facilitate snow removal, have been in effect since October 1.
When there are no street maintenance operations in progress (sweeping, snow removal or street blowing), parking is authorized on both sides of the street until the start of the next operation.
“We are determined to simplify the lives of Laval residents by implementing measures and tools that will allow them to take full advantage of on-street parking on the majority of the road network in our territory,” declared the Laval municipal councilor for Sainte- Dorothée Ray Khalil who is responsible for public works on the executive committee.
He noted that last year residents got 117 days of unrestricted street parking out of a total of 150 days when parking restrictions apply.
The City recommends that residents find out about the start of snow removal operations using the Info-Stationnement online application. Additionally, signs are posted along streets after snowfall to warn motorists that parking is limited until snow clearing is complete.
The city says that over the past three winters it has been testing new ways to control winter street parking with several pilot projects offering more flexibility.
“Doors open” at the Laval barracks on Sunday, October 9
Most Ville de Laval fire stations will be open to the public for tours on Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In total, the personnel of eight fire stations will welcome all those who want to pass, with the exception of fire station No. 9 in Vimont which is currently closed for major renovations.
The Laval Fire Department’s annual open house is always a big draw for children who show up with their parents for one of the most exciting experiences of their young lives. This year as in years past, they will have the chance to see up close the gear and equipment that firefighters use on a daily basis.
“The Open House is a unique opportunity to meet the employees of the Laval Fire Department,” says Sandra Desmeules, Laval municipal councilor for Concorde–Bois-de-Boulogne, responsible for public security files on the executive committee.
“It takes place in a relaxed atmosphere and it is an opportunity to see everything up close, while asking questions about various aspects of the occupation. Everyone who attends one of the open houses will have a chance to win a 72-hour emergency survival kit.