Airbnb has changed the face of travel, offering those of us who can't drop bills on bills every night for a hotel an affordable and comfortable place to stay. The trend of renting out rooms is abundant in Montreal, with nearly every borough offering room and board to weary travelers.
You set your own price when you put up a listing on Airbnb, and with hundreds of rooms offered on the daily, there is some stiff competition. To tourists, geographic location will play a large role in how much they're willing to pay, so it's a good idea to know the average price of your borough so you can charge accordingly, and not go too high or low.
Going through every listing can be a bit strenuous, so kudos goes to the Gazette who created an incredibly handy map that breaks down the boroughs of Montreal with their average room-rate on Airbnb. You can check out the map here, but we've got the basic breakdown for you below.
Note that the following figures are for single rooms, with the data compiled from the first week of July, so certain prices may have risen or lowered slightly. Boroughs left out did not have listings at the time.
Plateau Mont-Royal: $49
Villeray-St.Michel-Parc Extension: $39
Beware, though, if you are renting out a room, you could be subject to quite a few fines. As it stands right now, if you're renting out a room for less than 31 days, you're expected to get a $250 permit, pay a nightly host tax, and be covered by civil liability insurance.
If you don't have these fees in order, potential fines can cost you anywhere from $750 to $2, 250 for the first offence, according to the Gazette, which can reach up to $6,750 for future violations.
All these fines are coming from Tourism Quebec, who are hitting Airbnb hosts hard because of complaints from the Quebec hotel industry, who don't like the local competition. On the up side, an advisory committee is in the works to create a more amicable solution than just handing out fines (which Airbnb has collaborated on) but until they make a decision, the policy won't be changing.
It might be best to just get the government's approval if you're renting out your rooms frequently. If not, Airbnb at your own risk.
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In addition to a large terrasse and an outdoor fireplace, the chalet also offers direct access to trails on Mont Tourbillon so you can explore the mountain on foot, snowshoe or bike, depending on the weather. Ah, the great outdoors!
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
At around 3:15 a.m. on Friday morning, Montreal police received a call about an unconscious person in an apartment building on rue Saint-Urbain and avenue Fairmount. When officers arrived, they found two people dead.
According to SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois, the individuals exhibited signs of violence.
Police located one of the victims and found the other while "securing the apartment," Comtois said.
Major crimes investigators were dispatched to the scene and will work to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.
As of 4:30 a.m., police had established a perimeter for the investigation.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.