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A Distinct Metropolis for a Distinct Society? The Economic Restructuring of Montréal in the Canadian Context


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Coffey, William et Polèse, Mario (1999). A Distinct Metropolis for a Distinct Society? The Economic Restructuring of Montréal in the Canadian Context Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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Much of the literature on the Montreal economy suggests that, in one way or another, the latter has been, and remains, substantially different from that of Canada’s other large metropolitan areas. Certain researchers have suggested that Montreal is “structurally challenged”, that is, characterised by an out-moded economic structure based largely upon traditional industries. A more recent theme in the literature suggests that Montreal is still different, but now because it has become one of North America’s emerging high technology centres. In this article, we examine the thesis that Montreal is structurally distinct by specifically comparing Montreal and Toronto, and by more generally situating the two in the broader context of Canada’s eight largest metropolitan areas. The analysis covers the period 1981-1996, and examines economic structure in terms of sector, occupation and major metropolitan functions. Our results indicate that, except for several very specific aspects, Montreal’s economic structure is not very different from that of Toronto. Further, when compared to the group of eight large metropolitan areas, Montreal’s economic structure is not particularly distinct; according to several indicators Montreal is, rather, quite “average”.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Informations complémentaires: Prepared for the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science on Comparative Development in Montreal and Toronto
Mots-clés libres: économie; haute technologie; economy; high technologie; Montréal
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 21:24
Dernière modification: 25 nov. 2020 16:43
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9426

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