The "Winning to be Vaccinated!" contest, organized in partnership with Loto-Québec, will be split into two separate contests — one for Quebecers aged 18 and over, and one for Quebec youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
Adults Aged 18+
From August 1 to August 27, the contest will offer a weekly draw of $150,000 in cash prizes among adult participants who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $600,000.
A $1 million prize for adult participants will be drawn on September 3, among fully vaccinated Quebecers over 18 years old. But there's a catch — you must have received your first dose by August 3, and your second dose by August 31.
Youth Aged 12 to 17
For Quebecers in the youth age group, from August 1 through August 27, Quebec is offering a weekly draw for two scholarships of $10,000 each among those who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $80,000.
For fully-vaccinated Quebecers in the 12 to 17 age group, Quebec will draw 16 scholarships of $20,000 each on September 3, for a total value of $320,000.
Who's eligible to enter the contest
You've received a COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec
You've had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19 and received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
You've received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada outside Quebec and have had the vaccine recognized by the government
You do not work for Quebec's health or finance ministries (those who do are not eligible for the competition).
Official lottery rules will be released sometime before contest registration opens, which is scheduled for July 25. Participants can register by 11:59 p.m. the day before each draw through Quebec's Vaccine Proof Portal.
"Overall, the City of Montreal saw 990 $1 million–plus residential real estate transactions," including condos, attached and single-family homes, "in the first half of 2021, an increase of 112% from the same period in 2020," the report states.
Though sales in $2 to $4 million homes in Montreal rose by 138%, sales in $1 to $2 million homes made up the largest share of sales overall, with 807 Montreal properties sold in the first half of 2021, Sotheby's says.
Sales in properties over $4 million more than doubled between 2020 and 2021 — just six were sold in the first half of 2020, compared to the 14 properties sold in the same period in 2021.
The report said that according to the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers, on average, selling a residential property in Montreal during the first quarter of 2021 took approximately 44 days, compared to the 68 it took to sell a home less than a year prior.
The City of Montreal and Formula E organizers have finally reached a settlement after five long years of deliberations and arguments. The saga, which involved a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Valérie Plante following a cancelled 2018 race, is finally over thanks to the out-of-court agreement.
In a press release, Benoit Dorais, chairman of the executive committee responsible for finance and legal affairs, said that the city "authorized an out-of-court settlement in the amount of capital, interest and costs of $3 million payable by the City to Formula E Opérations Limitée (FEO) in full and final settlement of the case."
Whether it's near Quebec City, the Outaouais, the Laurentians or Montreal, there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding a home in the seven figures. And they're way more fun to peruse than $1,000/month rental apartments.
Address: 2432, rue des Palmipèdes, Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Description: For a little over a million dollars, you can get a luxurious townhome in the Bois-Franc neighbourhood, renovated with high-end finishings. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a private backyard and is located near a future REM station.
Address: 1010, rue des Tournesols, Sainte-Adèle, QC
Description: In the Laurentians, a million dollars will get you a single-family home with an indoor pool, 15 rooms and more than 35,000-square-feet — all perched on top of a mountain with breathtaking nature views.
Description: It's not so easy to find beautiful centenniel homes — let alone ones that have been well maintained. This four-bedroom house is renovated, but still preserves its unique charm with a gas fireplace and finished attic.
Description: Perfect for a large family. You'll find, among other things, an in-ground pool (with lights at night!), three fireplaces, a home theatre, a large backyard and two Gordon Ramsay-style kitchens.
Description: How about a farmhouse with stables and an indoor riding arena? That's what's for sale in this small municipality in Bas Saint-Laurent. With more than 4 million square feet, there's plenty of room for you and your horse to run — and there's even a spa where you can relax when you're done.