Montreal: Street Food Vendors Could Be Allowed Downtown By Summer

Montreal's Ville-Marie borough could soon have vendors like this one selling food street-side.(April 5, 2011)

By CTVMontreal.ca

Montreal's Ville-Marie borough could soon have vendors like this one selling food street-side.(April 5, 2011)

MONTREAL — Montreal is famous for its food, but you can’t find many street vendors in the city because the practice has been banned for years.

Now, the city is considering a pilot project that would allow the vendors downtown – a practice that’s already common in places like Toronto.

Still, officials are worried about competition to local business and hygiene.

“You would need to have inspectors that would really make sure that health is being prioritized by these people,” said Jacques-Alain Lavallée, spokesman for the Ville-Marie borough.

He says the city is carefully weighing the pros and cons.

If the pilot project gets the green light, street vendors wouldn’t be allowed to set-up anywhere in the downtown core.

The city says it would select a few designated parks and public squares.

If approved, Montreal foodies can expect to see vendors hit the streets in the summertime.

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