How can I find the history of land use for my property?

One of the first steps to determine if a site is contaminated is to check the history of land use. One of the key steps in the environmental assessment of the Phase I site is to search on the industrial history of the site by consulting insurance cards produced at the top of the industrial past of Montreal in the late 1950. These cards are available online through the website of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).

Here is a method step by step, to help you learn about a particular place:

First, check that the volume ID card to identify the area in which the property is located. For the purposes of this exercise, let’s say we are curious to know a place at the corner of Rachel and Mentana streets. This intersection is located in Section 5 of the volume ID card. This means that the map we seek is in Volume 5.

Then check out this BAnQ card list by volume number and look for cards of Volume 5 1950, ideally between 1955 and 1959. Looking insurance cards. The cards that we seek are here, in 1955 insurance cards .

Finally, you have to do some research. It is best to work on a large screen during searches of the property in question. You can “zoom in” to read all the details on these cards. For example, it is possible to find the intersection of Rachel and Mentana streets on plan 267 . The property we are interested in has been a furniture store, but because they do not paint the furniture we might be less concerned about contamination resulting from industrial use of paints.