Mayor Plante and the ARTM have agreed to make STM metro and bus rides free for the climate strike on September 27.\nSchools and institutions across the city are cancelling class and closing in solidarity with strike attendees.\nGreta Thunberg, international climate activist, will lead the strike on Friday.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nOnly a few days before Montreal's climate strike on Friday, September 27, opposition party Québec Solidaire made a motion in the National Assembly that asked the governing CAQ to make public transit on Montreal's STM free for the march. They also proposed to extend the offer to nine other cities across the province.\nTransport Minister François Bonnardel rejected the proposal at this morning's assembly. However, municipalities will have the authority to make their own decisions. The Transport Minister also accused Québec Solidaire of using the climate strike as "political capital," according to La Presse.\nIn response to this, the city of Montreal and Mayor Valérie Plante, along with l'Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) nd the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, made the executive decision to make all public transport free for the climate march this Friday!\nWith many Montreal schools cancelling classes and BIXI offering free bike rides, it was only a matter of time before Mayor Plante and the STM stepped in to make public transport free this Friday.\nJ’ai pris la décision d’offrir le transport collectif gratuit sur le réseau de la @stm_nouvelles ce vendredi 27 septembre à l’occasion de la grève pour le climat. On vous attend à nos côtés pour l’avenir de la planète 🚍🚇🚲🌎💚 (1/2) #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) September 25, 2019\nTranslation: I made the decision to offer free public transportation on the STM network this Friday the 27th September for the climate strike. We're waiting for you to be by our side for the future of the planet!\nThe Parti Québécois and the Liberal Party reportedly supported Québec Solidaire's proposal but said that the government shouldn't only offer free public transit on Friday.\nView this post on Instagram J’étais la seule représentante des villes du monde à m’adresser à l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies dans le cadre du Sommet #ActionClimat 2019. J’en ai entre autres profité pour réitérer l’urgence d’agir et le rôle essentiel que jouent les villes dans la lutte aux changements climatiques. . . . #ClimateAction #ClimateWeek #climatechange #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #environnement #montreal #mtl A post shared by Valérie Plante (@val_plante) on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:57pm PDT\nSome 300,000 people are expected at the climate march this Friday in Montreal and free metro rides will go a long way to ensure everyone can make it to the rally, according to Québec Solidaire's spokesperson, Manon Massé.\nView this post on Instagram Le 20 septembre marque le début de la Semaine d'action pour le climat 💚🌍. On le sait, il est plus que temps que les élites dirigeantes joignent la parole aux actes . Comptez sur nous, cette semaine ne passera pas inaperçue à l'Assemblée nationale! #Climatestrike #27septembre #fridaysforfuture A post shared by Québec solidaire (@lessolidaires) on Sep 20, 2019 at 8:44am PDT\nAccording to Massé's official letter, waiving public transit fees would cost roughly $900,000. She proposed that the government would be more than able to compensate the companies for the lost fees.\nREAD ALSO: 36 Climate Strike Sign Ideas For The Montreal Protest September 27 (Photos)\nThough Minister Bonnardel rejected Québec Solidaire's proposal, he didn't close the door to municipalities to make their own decisions on the matter.\nHence why Valérie Plante and the STM just announced that all public transit, including the metro and buses, will be free this Friday!\n[#Marchepourleclimat] Les déplacements sur notre réseau de transport collectif seront gratuits le 27 septembre. Une autre bonne raison de faire un choix durable et opter pour la #STM pour se déplacer en cette journée spéciale! pic.twitter.com/oe9avARttG— STM (@stm_nouvelles) September 25, 2019\nTranslation: Travel on our transit network will be free on the 27th of September. Another reason to make a green choice and opt to take the STM on that special day!\nMany universities and CÉGEPs in Montreal have decided to cancel classes for the climate strike. Some business will also be closed in the city, in solidarity with the strikers.\nLe gouvernement a voté aujourd'hui en faveur de notre motion pour déclarer l'urgence climatique.✌️Maintenant, François Legault doit poser des gestes concrets: mettre fin aux projets pétroliers et gaziers, réaliser la transition économique.#Polqc #assnat pic.twitter.com/Oql7l7TdGL— Québec solidaire (@QuebecSolidaire) September 25, 2019\nTranslation: Today, the government voted in favour of a motion to declare a climate emergency. Now, it's up to François Legault to make concrete gestures: end oil and gas projects and transition to a green economy.\nThis news comes in the wake of the CAQ voting to adopt a motion to declare a climate emergency in Quebec. This doesn't mean that they have, just that they will consider declaring one at a later date.\nPosted by Climate Strike Canada on Sunday, May 19, 2019\nMontreal's climate strike will assemble at Mont-Royal at 12 p.m. this Friday, September 27.\nVisit Climate Strike Montreal's official page for complete details.