In order to provide an exceptional spiritual, cultural and tourism experience to its millions of visitors and pilgrims, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is going forward with a huge renovation and construction project that will focus on the preservation of historical buildings and improving visitors’ experience as well as the sustainable development of the site.


Images below show the architectural concept which is still evolving. Construction is planned to begin in May 2017.

New Visitor Facilities and modern services

  • Street level interior access to all the facilities
  • Two-storey pavilion integrated to Mount Royal with green roofs
  • Reduction of the height of buildings
  • Better accessibility for persons with reduced mobility

Holy Family Plaza

  • New outdoor multifunctional pedestrian area
  • New monumental structure for Quebec’s only carillon
  • Addition of 5 bells to the 56 current bells of the Oratory’s carillon

Reconfiguration of the monumental garden in front of the Oratory

  • Elimination of paved surfaces and augmentation of plant cover
  • Reduced road traffic and increased pedestrian spaces   on site

Improved illumination to highlight the spaces and buildings of the sanctuary

The highest window onto Montreal !

Phase 4 of our great development project, planned for 2019-2021.

  • Development of the inner-dome of the Basilica :

an exceptional exhibition and projection area.

  • Development of an observation centre :

at the level of the Basilica’s skylight: the highest window onto Montreal !

  • Renovation of the Oratory Museum :

new scripting, opening of the outside north and south views; highlight of the collection of over 30,000 objects and archival documents.


On June 6, 2016, an important financial support is confirmed for the Oratory’s Development Project :

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Gouvernement-canada Près de 52 millions de dollars pour un projet d’aménagement d’envergure à l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph (release in French only) a

Were present at this major announcement (from left to right): Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal; Mr. Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; the Honourable Mélanie Joly,Minister of Canadian Heritage; Father Claude Grou, CSC, Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal; the Honourable Thomas J. Mulcair, Member of Parliament for Outremont riding, Leader of the New Democratic Party; Mr. Carlos J. Leitão, Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review and Chair of the Conseil du trésor; Ms. Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and member for Outremont. Photo: Marc Gibert /

The Oratory’s Development Project is one of the projects identified by public authorities as a legacy of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.


A number of major works have been undertaken since 2002 as part of Saint Joseph’s Oratory’s great development plan.

For more information, download the document:

Major Works at the Saint Joseph’s Oratory since 2002 (in French) : a