Montréal is the largest city in the province of Québec and the second largest city in Canada, with a population just over 1.7 million. Its website is www.ville.montreal.qc.ca. The city is spread out across the Island of Montréal as well as several smaller islands in the Saint Lawrence River. The official language of Québec is French and the majority of Montréal’s residents primarily speak French at home. Montréal also has a large English-speaking community and over half of the population can speak both French and English.
The city is an important centre of commerce and it is home to various industries, including aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design and tourism. Montréal also has a strong cultural scene with well-supported film, radio, television, music, fine arts and publishing industries. In addition, the city is famed for its architecture. It was recognized in 2006 as a UNESCO City of Design, one of thirty-one in the world.