|Town of Kirkland - Ville de Kirkland|
Location in southern Quebec.
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|Constituted||January 1, 2006|
|• Mayor||Michel Gibson|
|• Federal riding||Lac-Saint-Louis|
|• Prov. riding||Nelligan|
|• Total||9.6 km2 (3.7 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,090.8/km2 (5,415/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2011-2016||−5.2|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||514 and 438|
The city of Kirkland is named after Charles-Aimé Kirkland, a Quebec provincial politician. It was incorporated as a municipality in 1961. On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it was merged into the city of Montreal and became a borough. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent municipality on January 1, 2006.
Kirkland is primarily a residential community, with a commercial core, and an industrial park straddling the Trans-Canada Highway (Autoroute 40). In 1997, that portion of the Autoroute 40 was renamed to Félix-Leclerc Highway. The city is composed of mainly single-family residences, with some multi-unit facilities (apartments, town houses, and condos) available.
The territory of the Town of Kirkland is divided into eight electoral districts. Each district is represented by a councillor elected by the voters of that district. The mayor is elected by all voters and represents the entire territory made up of eight-districts.
It is a full-service community, with a public works department, recreation department, engineering department, accounting, communications, human resources and administrative services operating for the welfare of its citizens.
The present mayor is now Michel Gibson, who has been a member of the Kirkland City Council since the mid-1970s.
|Not a visible minority||15,120||75.8%|
The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools, but were previously operated by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys until June 15, 2020. The change was a result of a law passed by the Quebec government that changed the school board system from denominational to linguistic.
Professional development centres:
The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the area.
The Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports operates:
Preschool, primary and high school:
The Federation of private schools, FEEP (La Féderation des establissements d'enseginement privés) operates bilingual (French/English) private schools in the area:
Preschool and primary school:
The Kirkland Public Library has an impressive collective of more than 80,000 volumes in French and English for adults, teens and children. The library also offers online database searching, children and adult programs, computer rooms, wireless Internet, inter-library loans, photocopying and reserved books.
Kirkland Sports Complex has an indoor gymnasium that offers badminton, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball and other indoor sport activities. As well as an arena for hockey, ringette, free or figure skating.
Around the town there are multiple outdoor centres for soccer, baseball, tennis, football, basketball, beach volleyball and ice rinks as well as a 5 kilometre bike trail. There is also a splash pad and community pool offered in this town. The splash pad and community pools make it possible for young and old alike to experience the joys of swimming. The splash pad is located the Harris park. The community pool is located at the Ecclestone park.
The Town of Kirkland has many halls and park chalets, which citizens, associations and organizations can rent out for different occasions or activities (banquets, meetings, parties, exhibits, shows, etc.)
Kirkland Day, which takes place mid-June, is a big outdoor annual festival celebrating the inauguration of the Town of Kirkland on March 24, 1961. The first Kirkland Day was held on June 20, 1970 at the dedication of Kirkland Park. Since then, Kirkland residents come out in great numbers every year to celebrate the town together.
Other events within the town include:
The town of Kirkland has a large business and industrial park spanning both sides of Quebec Autoroute 40. Companies in the area operate in a wide range of industries including aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, printed goods, renewable energy, software engineering, telecommunications, petrochemicals, and transportation.
Notable employers in the city of Kirkland include:
In 2012, the Town put in place a local sustainable development plan. The Kirkland local sustainable development plan is a full-fledged environmental action plan that highlights practical measures. The Town intended to carry out this plan by 2015 in order to meet specific targets, particularly in regards to air quality, waste management, conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity and quality of the residential areas.