Design Montreal Census: extended Oct.31

July 17, 2019

Montréal’s Bureau du design has lauched the Montréal’s first survey aimed at creating sociodemographic and socioeconomic statistical portraits of the city’s design and architectural professionals and of Montréal design and architectural firms as well as any Montreal-based company employing designers. The census-taking period has been extended through October 31. The purpose of the first stage of this important exercise is to list all of the professionals and firms that meet the profiles sought. The self-enumeration form is available (in French) via the Ville de Montréal’s  Making Mtl public consultation platform (French only).

The survey’s methodology is combining data from both traditional and new sources. It started in February 2019 with a broad census of active designers and architects with home addresses on the Island of Montréal.


Profile no. 1: Design or architecture professionals who are employed or actively self-employed individuals living in Montréal. They hold a degree in a design or architecture, OR have acquired skills through a variety of training and work experience. They hold a variety of positions and perform functions ranging from design to management and supervision. Other types of employment resulting from academic training in design and architecture representative of the ecosystem considered as part of this study include, but are not restricted to, teaching, sales, or representation (of people, companies, or products).

Profile no. 2: Companies or organizations that offer services or integrate design and architectural functions into their core activities. These are legal entities with more than one employee that employ design and architecture professionals and that spend time and resources on research and development (R&D) or on designing and implementing projects in one or more design and architecture disciplines.*

*Design and architecture disciplines primarily comprise architecture and landscape architecture, event design, interior design and planning, environmental design, fashion design, service design, experiential design, exhibition design, graphic design, digital interface design, industrial design, product design, and urban design. Add to these an array of applied areas and specializations.


  • Census February – July 2019
  • Survey and consultations August – October 2019
  • Report production November 2019 – January 2020
  • Distribution February 2020

It goes without saying that the statistics generated by this survey will benefit the entire Montréal business design and architecture ecosystem. A detailed analysis of the survey and consultation data will help to identify employment, human resource, and business issues. The Bureau du design’s goal for this survey is to help better characterize the unique nature of Montréal’s design and architectural services; measure the “weight” of this economic sector in Montréal; understand the issues, challenges, and obstacles it faces; and assess needs in order to provide suitable services or programs.


Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec (AAPPQ)

Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ)

Association des designers industriels du Québec (ADIQ)

Association du design urbain (ADUQ)

Association professionnelle des designers d'intérieur du Québec (APDIQ)

Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ)

Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ)