Social Responsibility | Old Port of Montréal

Social Responsibility

The Old Port of Montréal Corporation (OPMC) takes social responsibility seriously. In recent years, we’ve invested in concrete measures to support sustainable development and accessibility as well as community relations. Our efforts on these fronts are ongoing.

Sustainable Development

The Old Port of Montréal is a splendid 2.5 km site rich in urban plant life and located alongside one of the largest rivers on the American continents. Among other attractions, the site features the Science Centre whose mandate is to popularize science, notably as it pertains to key societal issues, including climate change. Sustainable development is consequently an integral aspect of our vision. We are pleased to share with you the leading initiatives we have put in place over the last few years:    

Greenhouse gases

  1. We reduced our carbon emissions by 300% between 2005 and 2017 (from 940 to 319 tonnes).
  2. We recover heat from key pieces of equipment and use it to heat one of our buildings.
  3. We installed charging stations at King Edward Quay and offer free charging for electric vehicles.
  4. We planted 35 trees, 120 shrubs and 200 perennials across the Old Port site during the 2019 summer season.
  5. We have treated and are monitoring 70 ash trees for emerald ash borer infestations.

Reducing, restoring, recovering

  1. We have a food waste collection area for composting at the Science Centre that is also geared towards educating visitors.
  2. We collect and convert branches into wood chips to place along Old Port plant beds.
  3. We have significantly reduced the use of plastic straws at the IMAX®TELUS theatre.
  4. We have adopted new distribution methods for visitor information (i.e. signage, wall-size floor plans and website) to significantly reduce the number of printed materials we produce.
  5. We have significantly reduced in the number of printed flyers in our display racks.
  6. We purchase recycled paper for our internal use and have reduced our overall consumption of paper.
  7. We use reusable (rather than disposable) 3D glasses in the IMAX®TELUX theatre.
  8. We have installed digital displays to replace printed-material bulletin boards.
  9. We have replaced individual non-recyclable plastic dairy milkers with recyclable milk cartons.
  10. We have donated more than 200 outdated but functional electronic devices and will use certified recycling methods in 2020 for all equipment reaching the end of their useful life.

Community Relations

Since its founding over 375 years ago, the Old Port of Montréal has played a vital role in the city’s life. As such, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation works to build ties with Montréal-area communities. Here are some of the concrete ways we engage with our fellow citizens and neighbours:

  • With the help of our Foundation, we have offered thousands of free Science Centre passes to underprivileged families on an ongoing basis since 2001. (learn more)
     

  • With the help of La tablée des chefs, we redistribute to the community all food surplus generated by events held in the Science Centre’s rental halls.

  • During Montréal Museums Day events, the Science Centre offers the public free access to all our permanent exhibitions. (learn more)
     

  • Since the launch of the Women and Girls of Science initiative in 2018 (whose aim is to encourage girls from Greater Montréal to explore careers in science), the Science Centre has welcomed more than 1,500 girls aged 17 and under at no charge and introduced them to inspiring women engaged in science. (learn more)
     

  • In partnership with the Accueil Bonneau mission, we support the social reintegration programme Miel de Bonneau (learn more)

  • Active since 2019, we founded a joint citizens committee to address issues we share with Old Montréal residents.

  • We regularly attend and participate in meetings held by Old Montréal consultation panels.

Mini Menu, a food activity for families with children aged 0-7 years

Held in October 2021, this event aimed to create a special moment dedicated to families with an immigrant background. They had the opportunity to visit the brand new Mini Mondo Exhibition and to participate in two exclusive workshops involving food.


This event was organized in collaboration with organizations called Cuisine et vie collectives Saint-Roch, Singa Québec and the Centre de Ressources et d’Action communautaire de la Petite-Patrie.

The event began with a visit to the Mini Mondo Exhibition. Then, two exclusive workshops were offered:

  • A parent-child cooking workshop : families were able to cook a snack to eat on site and / or to take home. The recipe: simple, no-bake energy balls for young children to fully participate.
  • A matching game "From the garden to the house" : using a basket of fresh vegetables, the children had fun identifying the plant on which each food grew. They were able to discover these vegetables with all their senses. The families each left with their basket of fresh vegetables.

The participating families had Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Daïri, French and English as mother tongues.

The vegetables offered were locally produced by farmers with an immigrant background. Likewise, the vegetable transport bags came from Petites Mains, a social reintegration organization for immigrant women.

Accessibility

The Old Port of Montréal site is accessible for persons with reduced mobility. As part of our commitment to Canada’s Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada (Bill C-81), the OPMC will be working towards improving accessibility features on our website as well as promoting universal accessibility to our services and installations. As such, we are pleased to share with you our accessibility action plan for the Old Port of Montréal.

Learn more about our 2020-2021 accessibility upgrades.

Learn more about all our planned improvements for 2022-2024.

Overall, the Old Port has been classified as an accessible site for persons with reduced mobility, but the non-profit organization promoting culture and tourism accessibility Kéroul has alerted us about some remaining obstacles. Consult our Kéroul profile.
 

The Peaceful Morning: events created especially for young people with special needs


In order to promote accessibility, the Montréal Science Centre developed a new event in 2021 called The Peaceful Mornings. These three events are part of a process that aims to adapt the Science Centre facilities and to offer new training to employees in order to offer the best conditions for people with special needs. The Peaceful Mornings are reserved exclusively for them, as well as their families and accompanying persons.
For all the details on these mornings, click here. 

A guide for accompanying people with special needs


This guide, also designed in 2021, was developed with the objective to help accompanying people plan their visit at the Science Centre and to think about it when they are there. This presents the environment that awaits visitors, the spaces dedicated to tranquility, the hygiene rooms and the content of all the exhibitions. This will allow them to choose the activities and interactivity that best suit their young people according to their needs. All the information you need to fully enjoy your experience is there!
Consult the guide here

To reach us

We’re here to listen if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about accessibility. Contact us and a member of our team will be happy to follow up with you.

514 496-7678  /  1 800 971-7678
accessibility@oldportofmontreal.com