Richelieu mechanical ventilation station

Independent public consultation for the Richelieu mechanical ventilation station

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The public consultation process is now completed.

Here is the report of the commission as well as the STM action plan resulting from this process:

Public consultation

The aim of the Richelieu mechanical ventilation station (MVS) project is to build and install the new infrastructure needed for ventilation in the métro network at the corner of Richelieu and Sainte-Marguerite Streets.

Before presenting the file to the City of Montréal and asking for an amendment to the by-law, the STM appointed an independent commission to hold a public consultation that will allow the community to provide input on this new project. The commission’s report will be based on the opinions and suggestions received.

Information session: March 30, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Question submission period: March 30 to April 4 2021

Period for submitting your input on the project: March 30 to April 15, 2021

Input session: April 15, 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Richelieu mechanical ventilation station

Information session

Information session on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

This was an opportunity to learn more about the project and its timeline.

You can now view the recording of the virtual information session.
(Available in French only.)

Consult the accessibility page for more info on the external medias.

See Information session March 30, 2021 on YouTube

Presentation of the information session that took place on March 30, 2021.
(Available in French only.)

Tell us what you think

Community members had until April 15, 2021 to express their opinions, wishes and suggestions regarding the project.


You can now view the recording of the virtual Input session.
(Available in French only.)

Input session, April 15, 2021

Input session on Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.

This is a forum where you can address the public consultation commissioners directly. You can share your input, expectations and suggestions about the project.

The session will be held online. If you would like to speak during the session, you must book a time slot by April 12, 2021, by emailing your name and phone number to You can also call customer service, and one of our agents will forward your request to the commissioners.

Share your input with the public commission

March 30 to April 15, 2021

There are five ways you can give your input on the project:

1. Guided survey

You can fill out our survey on the consultation’s main concern: how the Richelieu mechanical ventialtion station will affect local residents during its construction and when it is in use. I want to answer the questionnaire.

 2. Written statement

You can send your written statement to or mail it to the address below by April 15, 2021:

Public consultation – Richelieu MVS
Corporate Secretary
800 De La Gauchetière Street West
Main floor, Suite 1170
Montréal, Quebec  H5A 1J6

3. Verbal statement

You can sign up for a 10-minute time slot during the virtual input session.

The session will be held online. If you would like to speak during the session, you must book a time slot by April 12, 2021, by emailing your name and phone number to You can also call customer service (514-786-4636 + press 6 + press 1), and one of our agents will forward your request to the commissioners.

We will contact you to schedule a time slot and test your Zoom connection. We will also email you a hyperlink and instructions to access the virtual meeting to be held on April 15, 2021. You will be given a time slot to speak directly to the consultation commission on the evening of April 15, 2021, as of 6:30 p.m.

4. Call in

You can call us at 514-STM-INFO by April 15, 2021, to share your input. Choose option 6, then option 1 (514-786-4636 + press 6 + press 1). An STM agent will compile your statements into a written document and forward it to the commissioners.

5. Pre-recorded video

You can record a short video (no more than 10 minutes) giving us your input. You may include a presentation or written document with your video. Send your video and any accompanying document, if applicable, to by April 15, 2021.


Information on the public consultation process

To design and build the Richelieu mechanical ventialtion station, the STM must obtain a by-law from the City of Montréal’s Agglomeration Council. This by-law will enact the urban planning rules that the STM must follow when performing the work for the project.

To obtain this by-law, the STM must first hold a public consultation in accordance with its corporate policy entitled “Politique de consultation publique – réseau du métro (PC 1.14).”

Once the consultation process has been completed, the independent commission will submit its report.

  • Our Board of Directors initiates the consultation process by creating a commission.
  • The commission is made up of a chair and two commissioners from outside the STM who are mandated by the STM’s Board of Directors.
  • Citizens are invited to take part in the public consultation through various means of communication such as the website, newspapers, posters at the planned worksite and invitations delivered to mailboxes.
  • Citizens are invited to take part in three ways:
    • By attending the information session, with project presentation and question period
    • By attending the input session
    • By sending in their written opinion regarding the consultation
  • The commissioners then submit a report to the STM with their recommendations. The commission’s work ends once the report is submitted.

Commissioners and chair of the commission

Radouan Torkmani, chair of the commission

Radouan Torkmani has an education in both engineering and architecture, and currently works on developing, planning and coordinating projects to build new schools. In addition, he has a keen interest in issues related to urban mobility, and uses dialogue with users in his architectural research to gain insight and determine the best ways forward. A specialist in active, consensus-based research, Radouan has displayed exemplary social engagement as well as great vision and leadership abilities.

Claudia Atomei, commissioner

Claudia Atomei works on developing the collective capabilities needed to ensure a socioecological transition. In the past seven years, she has experimented with measures aimed at transforming food systems in Quebec and elsewhere through interdisciplinary research, support and networking involving various stakeholders, and direct action in our urban communities. She is also involved in initiatives that promote citizen participation in land development: she serves as a commissioner for consultations held by public stakeholders, and supports citizens’ projects involving the reappropriation of vacant land. Claudia has a bachelor’s degree in earth system science from McGill University and a master’s in urban planning from Université de Montréal.

Moussa Sène, commissioner

With degrees in urban planning and sociology, Moussa Sène specializes in social impact and public consultation. He has participated in the design and implementation of major transportation and infrastructure projects in Quebec and abroad, in particular with regard to their environmental compliance and social integration. Beyond his career, his extensive community and social engagement have allowed him to collaborate in several citizen participation initiatives in Montréal. He has a particular interest in issues of inclusion involving vulnerable and underrepresented groups.

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