ROSEMÈRE... THE 70s, 80s AND 90s

In December 1975, the Municipal Housing Board was formed. Its main function is to manage the Terraces Rosemère, a home for senior citizens. The provincial government and the Town of Rosemère are jointly absorbing the home's annual deficit.

1975 also was the year when a special by-law was passed, authorizing a loan for a new city hall. The old premises on Philippe Street had become too small and could no longer meet the needs of a fast-growing community. On October 16, 1977, the new City Hall at 100 Charbonneau Street was officially inaugurated.

Between 1974 and 1976, when the Mille-Îles River had swelled to a record high, Rosemère pulled down all riverside homes built on stilts for the construction of new dams to protect homes from springtime flooding. In 1983 water levels once more rose as high as in 1974, but the dams prevented any further damage done to properties.

The new Community Centre opened its doors on February 18, 1979. The municipal library permanently moved into the Centre, after having changed location more than once since it was founded by a group of volunteers in 1946.

During the eighties, development of residential areas and quality of the environment became priority issues. From 1981 to 1986, the population grew by 11.5 percent, and in the five years that followed, from 1986 to 1991, the population soared by an impressive 31.6 percent to 11,416. With an ever-growing population, municipal services were expanded and several volunteer organizations sprang up. Thanks to the efforts one of these volunteer groups, the Rosemère Arena was built.

1990 was marked by the creation of a permanent environment committee formed by ordinary citizens, specialists and elected city council members. In the same year, Rosemère's country-like character was officially recognized. In fact, Rosemère won first prize in two provincial contests, Ville verte and Ville fleurie. The city also proposed a large-scale park and green space development project. New by-laws were adopted with the aim of improving the protection of the environment. Rosemère was one of the first communities to control the use of pesticides.

Environment-oriented initiatives such as composting, recycling, and selective waste collection were taken and implemented in partnership with the Société d'écologie de Rosemère. Over the years, Rosemère naturally turned into a greener place to live, thus intensifying its warm and welcoming country-like charm.