Our city is going through some major changes, which is why MTL Blog decided to make a list of Montreal's new laws and regulations coming into effect this year.\nFind out what you need to be aware of this upcoming year below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nWe're only a few days into 2020 and we've already seen tons of changes from the new laws and regulations in Montreal. The city is poised to take steps toward improving its economy, infrastructure, and environment throughout the year. With Mayor Valérie Plante's ambitious goals and confident attitude, our city is well on its way to becoming a better place to live now and for the foreseeable future.\nBut what are the new laws and regulations that you need to be aware of as a Montrealers? Some of these new laws and regulations will put a smile on your face - others, not so much.\nFor one, Montreal residents will be safer on the streets and will save money on essential services in 2020 despite seeing an overall increase in taxes. New laws implemented by the Quebec government will obviously affect us here in Montreal and there are a few that will have a direct impact on your life.\nOur city will also see a gradually changing image as centuries-old practices are being phased out and new measures to improve infrastructures, such as the REM and Blue Line extension, will be coming together over the year.\nHere are all the new laws and regulations that Montrealers need to be aware of in 2020!\nProperty Taxes Are Going Up\nAnnounced in the city's 2020 operating budget was a slight increase in residential property taxes. The exact increases vary from borough to borough, but on average, residential property taxes for single-family homes and apartment buildings will go up 2.1%. Verdun will see the largest increase - at 3.2%.\nMon administration est fière de présenter un #budget2020 à échelle humaine et ambitieux. Un budget pour les Montréalais.e.s, dans lequel nous proposons des mesures qui permettront de mieux profiter des milieux de vie qui font la renommée de notre métropole. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/1wjrhhVWVo— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) November 25, 2019\nIf you live in a large apartment building, this means that your rent is likely going up this spring. Apartment building owners will see a 4.5% increase in property taxes.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Is Making Huge Investments In Housing & Green Space, Here's What To Expect\nHospital Parking Fees Will Be Capped\nYou'll no longer need to pay exorbitant parking fees at the hospital anymore as the Quebec government is capping parking fees at $7 to $10. Montrealers have arguably paid the highest hospital parking fees in the past.\nParking fees at all heath clinics, facilities and hospitals across Quebec will be capped by June 2020. pic.twitter.com/FhhKSqf0Y5— CityNews Montreal (@CityNewsMTL) November 11, 2019\nFor instance, the average cost of hospital parking at the MUHC was $24 for the day. Now, the first two hours will be free and won't go above $10 for the day.\nPublic Transit Fares Set To Increase\nThough we haven't seen a fare increase since summer 2019, expect there to be another sometime in June. According to the Montreal Gazette, commuters should expect a 2% transit fare increase sometime in 2020.\n[Smart planning] 🎫👍 Start the year off right by avoiding queues: remember to buy your monthly pass in advance, before Monday! January monthly pass is currently available in every vending machine of the network and in our 16 Espaces Clients! pic.twitter.com/xZOrWh1N27— STM (@stminfo) January 3, 2020\nThe ARMT will announce the increase at least 60 days before it comes into effect, so you'll have plenty of warning.\nResidential Parking Passes More Expensive In The Plateau\nIf you own a car and live in the Plateau, you'll be paying more for your residential parking vignette in 2020. How much more will depend on how gas-guzzling your car is.\nView this post on Instagram Ninguém falou que seria fácil... #downtown #vieuxport #montreal #mtl #parkingmontreal A post shared by Plínio Lima (@pliniodelima) on May 17, 2016 at 6:22am PDT\nOwners of small vehicles less than 1.6-litres, electric cars, and those below the poverty line will still pay only $140 per year for their parking permit. Owning a 1.7- to a 2.4-litre engine car, you'll pay $175 per year. A 2.5- to a 3.4-litre engine - $200 per year. Vehicles 3.5-litres and up will cost $225 per year.\nIf you have two cars, getting a parking permit for that second vehicle will cost you $365 per year.\nMandatory Pet Microchipping Comes Into Effect\nIf your pet wasn't microchipped by January 1, schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible or face a $400 fine from the city of Montreal. If your fur baby isn't sterilized, the city will slap you with a $300 fine.\nView this post on Instagram À la SPCA de Montréal, nous venons en aide à plus de 15 000 animaux chaque année. Chiens, chats, tortues, souris, oiseaux… La légende dit que nous accueillons même des licornes! 🦄 // The Montreal SPCA takes in more than 15,000 animals every year. Cats, dogs, turtles, mice, birds...some say even a few unicorns! 📸 : @clevesque . . . . #foster #spca #montrealspca #spcamontreal #adoptdontshop #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #unicorn #halloweencostume A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Oct 22, 2019 at 7:02am PDT\nMicrochipping is now mandatory for cats and dogs over six months old, as is sterilization of cats, dogs, and rabbits over six months old. The SPCA offers a microchipping service for only $45. Sterilization is more expensive and could run you up to $367.\nREAD ALSO: Montrealers Face Fine Up To $400 If Pet Cats & Dogs Aren't Microchipped By January 1, 2020\nVision Zero Implemented Throughout The City\nAs per the city's Vision Zero goals, the City of Montreal will aim to make pedestrian crossings safer for everyone. Vision Zero was rolled out last year but we will see the full effects over the course of 2020.\nN'attendez pas que ça vous saute en pleine face, respectez la priorité des piétons et arrêtez-vous aux passages aux piétons! #piétons #securiteroutiere #saaq pic.twitter.com/u21WVw38Fz— SAAQ (@SAAQ) October 29, 2019\nThe plan aims to completely eliminate pedestrian/cyclist vehicle collisions by 2021. More than twenty actions will be implemented to ensure the safety of everyone using Montreal's roads.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Just Got Lower Speed Limits And Longer Pedestrian Lights\nMinimum Wage Goes Up\nThe CAQ announced that it will increase Quebec's minimum wage by 60 cents this year. This means that Quebec's new minimum wage will now be $13.10 and $10.45 for workers who make tips.\nView this post on Instagram Votre gouvernement a fait ses demandes aux chefs des partis fédéraux. Le Québec forme une nation distincte. Ils doivent s’engager à donner plus de pouvoirs en matière d’immigration, respecter la Loi sur la laïcité de l’État, étendre la loi 101 aux entreprises fédérales et mettre en place un rapport d’impôt unique géré par le Québec. A post shared by François Legault (@francoislegault.pm) on Sep 17, 2019 at 9:53am PDT\nFor those working in minimum wage jobs across Montreal, this is amazing news. The new minimum wage comes into effect on May 1, 2020.\nNo More Caléches in the Old Port\nAfter a long court battle with Old Port horse carriage drivers, the city courts finally decided to ban the centuries-old practice on Montreal's streets. This summer, you'll no longer hear the clip-clop of caléches in the Old Port.\nC’est officiel: le 31 décembre 2019 marquera la fin des calèches dans le Vieux-Montréal. Cette décision vient confirmer la justesse et la pertinence de notre règlement. Notre administration a pris la bonne décision pour le bien-être des chevaux. https://t.co/xMqDDQZWLi #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) December 20, 2019\nMayor Plante says that the decision to ban caléches in Montreal was for the "well-being of the animals."\nFamily Allowances Going Up, Daycare Rates Going Down\nAs per a budgetary surplus on the provincial level, family allowance subsidies will be increasing exponentially in 2020. Each child will count for a maximum allowance of over $2,500 per year.\nExperts say that some 679,000 families will receive, on average, $779 more per year.\nAujourd’hui, c’est la Journée mondiale de l’enfance. L’avenir de nos tout-petits, de nos moyens et de nos grands enfants est la base de mon engagement et de celui de mon gouvernement. On n’en fera jamais assez pour eux. @lacombemathieu pic.twitter.com/lrRKvfeu1r— François Legault (@francoislegault) November 20, 2019\nDaycare rates are also being capped at a flat rate of $8.25 per day, per child.\nNo More Weed If You're Under 21\nAs you're likely to be aware of, the CAQ government announced that no one under 21 can buy or consume cannabis in Quebec. There are prohibitions against smoking outdoors in public spaces such as parks and playgrounds.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Société Québécoise du Cannabis (@la.sqdc) on Oct 19, 2018 at 5:26am PDT\nThe fine for possession of cannabis under 21 is set at $100. Experts have criticized this new law as potentially opening up and expanding the already dangerous black market.\nPlease be aware of these laws as most of them already came into effect on January 1.\nAs always, MTL Blog will be here to keep you updated on the progress of these laws and will report on new ones that are announced throughout the year!