Map: The Disabled Parking Spots
Moelle épinière et Motricité Québec (before the Association des Paraplégiques du Québec)made a map identifying, in Montreal, the locations of the handicapped parking spaces for people with a disabled parking permit. Click here.
Also, Stationnement de Montrealhas a similar map on their website and a browser where you can select a borough to view the list of on-street parking spaces reserved for handicapped people. Click here.
Quebec Disabled Parking Permit
What Is It?
In Québec, a permit allows access to parking spaces reserved for disabled persons who have limited walking ability or cannot move about independently without risk to their health or safety. The permit allows a disabled person, whether a vehicle driver or passenger, to use a handicapped parking space.
Since 1998, it is the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) which issues this mobile parking permit for the exclusive use of vehicle drivers or passengers who are disabled. The cost is approximately $15.
The permit must be displayed on the vehicle’s rearview mirror inside the vehicle.The permit is issued with an accompanying certificate, which must be carried by the permit holder at all times, as proof of authorization to use the permit. The parking privileges that come with the permit are linked to the person to whom the permit was issued, not to a motor vehicle. The permit must be used only for your needs and must not be lent or transferred to anyone else.
As said previously, the permit authorizes a disabled person to use a handicapped parking space, whether this person is the vehicle’s driver or passenger.
There is more. The permit also has others advantages, that can vary between areas and districts.
For example, in Quebec (on the old Quebec city territory), if you have a disabled parking permit delivered by the SAAQ, you can park, free of charge, in front of a parking meter for 3 hours (or more, if the maximal duration of the parking meter is more than 3 hours). Information is available on the Quebec City website by clicking here (in french). You can also park in a parking space with restricted hours, without taking care of those hours restrictions. For example, you can park, with your permit, at a place where you normally cannot do it between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and that.
If ever, in one of these two situations, a police officer emits by error a parking ticket while your permit was displayed on your vehicle’s rearview mirror inside the vehicle, do not hesitate to contest the ticket by following the instructions given on the backside of the ticket.
**UPDATE** In Montreal or Westmount, by-law C-4.1, article 33 of the circulation and parking regulations stipulates that drivers are allowed to park for a maximum period of 60 minutes in a no parking zone or a zone reserved for residents, “if he drives a vehicle with a valid Disabled Parking Permit issued by the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec or by another administrative authority in Canada or the United States”.
This measure never allows parking when the prohibition is related to the street cleaning.
The application of this measure varies from one borough to another. (For example, in the Ville Marie borough, the agent estimates, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not a contravention is required, so in NDG and Côte-des-Neiges, the measure applies).
You can find by-law C-4.1 by clicking here. You can also search for it on Google by typing “C-4.1 RRVM” or call 311.
If a Montreal parking official issues a parking ticket because he failed to check if a Disabled Parking Permit was hanging from your rear-view mirror, we recommend you follow the procedure we explain in our pamphlet on Transport and Home Support.(Click here (in french))
Visit the website of the Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
Download the leaflet “Disabled Parking Permit – Spaces Reserved for You Disabled Parking Permit – Spaces Reserved for You” – click here
Or call : 418 643-7620 (Quebec), 514 873-7620 (Montreal) ou 1-800-361-7620 (Toll-Free Number).
Note : This parking permit is the one used in Quebec. Other provinces don’t use the same. For example, in Ontario, they use the Accessible Parking Permit (APP). However, in some provinces, having the quebec disbled parking permit can help you getting a temporary parking permit, for the duration of your trip in that province.
Article : « Parcomètres : Les autocollants s’envolent, les écrits restent »
2011, january 14th. Published in “Le Nouvelliste”. Written by Martin Francoeur.
In the town of Trois-Rivières, there were stikers on parking meters which were indicating that people with a disabled parking permit could park there freely. As it seems that those blue stickers with a wheelchair were confusing for drivers who thought that the parking was reserved to people in wheechair, the town decided to make the stickers disappear. However, people with disabilities who have their parking permit still can park freely, even where there are parking meters.
If you want to read that french article, click here.
Parking In Front Of Your Residence
Reserved parking or unloading dock for adapted transport in front of your residence
If you are a person with a reduced mobility and that the parking in front of your residence is always occupied or if it is often impossible for the paratransit service to take you in front of your residence, you may need an indication of unloading dock reserved for people with disabilities. Look for more information with your district.
In Montreal, you can contact your district by dialing “311”. An agent will take care of your request.