Quebec is pretty different from the rest of Canada, and Montreal is pretty different from the rest of Quebec. So if you were blindfolded and you had to pick out the one Montrealer from a group of 10 Canadians, it would probably take you less than 30 seconds.
We brag about the diversity here, but in the end we're all the same because we all live in the same amazing place. And here are a few things you only say, know or do if you live in this city.
You know you're from Montreal when...
You know it's pronounced Muntreal not Mahntreal.
You buy your beer at a dep.
You've gotten a ticket for jaywalking.
You know our drivers are insane, but you're secretly proud of it.
The only good part about the South Shore is that you can turn right on red.
You know the West Island isn't its own separate Island.
You call Tremblant "Up North".
You know how to pronounce Pie IX.
You hate the Olympic Stadium.
You kiss people on both cheeks when you meet them.
You aren't impressed with hardwood floors.
You were drinking cafe-au-lait before lattes were popular.
Shopper's Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en gros, and PFK is finger lickin' good.
You really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival. For two weeks a year.
Everyone, – drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists – think they're immortal, and that you'll move first.
You have no idea what "île aux tourtes" means.
You know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ, and the SAAQ.
You measure temperature and distance in Metric, but weight and height in Imperial measure.
You show up at a party at 11 p.m. and no one else is there yet.
You know that Montréal is responsible for introducing to North America: poutine, bagels, souvlaki and smoked meat.
You don't drink pop or soda, you drink soft drinks.
You have graduated from high school and have a degree, but you've never been in grade 12.
30 cm of snow isn't "too snowy to drive."
You survived the Ice Storm.
You used to be an Expos fan, but now all you really miss is Youppi and the hats.
You know the women are prettier here.
You know where all the really bad potholes are.
You have no idea what the metro P.A. system is saying.
You hardly notice strip clubs anymore.
You know the anthem in both languages.
You've used an air conditioner and a heater on the same day.
You have jumper cables in your car.
Your Halloween costume had to be big enough to fit a snowsuit underneath.
You know the 4 seasons of Montreal: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
That means Canadians could be allowed to travel to Europe — just for the fun of it — sooner. But the final decision is left up to each individual member state and the EU's recommendations are not legally binding.
The report compared key indexes of attitudes toward LGBTQ2+ people across 34 countries. Canada ranked seventh based on social acceptance, sexual activity rights, civil union rights, marriage rights, adoption rights and military service rights, as well as anti-discrimination and gender identity laws.
Canada ranks seventh, after mostly European countries
The top five countries on the list were in Europe. Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain made the top three.
According to the report, Canada's provinces only introduced same-sex civil union rights in the early 2000s, while Sweden registered same-sex civil partnerships in 1995.
However, Canada was faster than Sweden to adopt gay marriage rights. Canada legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2005 — with some provinces legalizing it as early as 2003 — while Sweden legalized it in 2009.
Compared to Sweden's 94% social acceptance rating, 85% of Canadian society was found to be socially accepting of LGBTQ2+ communities.
Gender identity and anti-discrimination laws
Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain all have anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ2+ people, the report shows.
The report says that in Spain, since 2007, all documents can be amended to a person's 'recognized gender.'
Comparatively, in Canada, transgender people have been able to change their gender and name (but not their sex) since 2017 — the same year Bill C-16 came into effect, making gender identity and expression a Constitutional right.
'Conversion therapy' has been illegal in Manitoba and Ontario since 2015, and Vancouver and Nova Scotia since 2018, according to the report.