The town of Saint-Lazare has grown a lot in the last 20 years. Long gone are the days where we had our own police patrolling our streets. I’ve been seeing for a while, people with a great dissatisfaction with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) services and a huge misconception about our own community patrol. So, I thought it would be a good idea to try to clarify certain points so that there’s less frustration for our residents.

Sûreté du Québec (SQ)

It’s true that we spend a lot of our annual budget on the SQ for what seems, little services in my personal opinion. As we know, they need to cover a huge territory with not enough resources, as a result we don’t have the service we would expect for the $3.3 million (2019 budget) we hand out to them.

The SQ’s mandate is to mainly to maintain peace, order and public security, prevent and repress crime and also ensures the safety of Quebec’s transportation networks.

Community Patrol

The community patrol is not there to replace the SQ. Although part of the mandate given is similar to the SQ (enforcing RMH bylaws), they don’t have all the same powers as the SQ. The community patrol is a firm the town hires annually, who come with it’s own staff and vehicles. We typically hire the community patrol for less than 10 hours per week in the winter, fall and spring and will go up to 40 hours per week during the summer months. So no, they don’t work 24/7. As the need for public security increases, those hours will probably also increase with time. The annual budget is now close to $100,000 for 2020.

As well, to clear up a common misconception, I often see on social media, although Hudson is now using the same community patrol firm (in 2020) we don’t share a contract with them. We each have our own contract with our own specific hours.

The community patrol’s mandate is to enforce certain municipal by-laws, particularly those relating to nuisances and parking, and to issue offence notices.

What are RMH (Harmonized Municipal Regulations)

To facilitate the application by the SQ of certain regulations, they are “harmonized”. In other words, the RMH regulations (the texts in force) are practically identical for the 23 member municipalities of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC. When you see a RMH in front of a bylaw number, it means it’s a harmonized bylaw. Generally, any changes to the RMH bylaws needs to be made at the regional level and then adopted by each municipalities.

Here’s a list of what each service can enforce in Saint-Lazare currently:
*(this can change at anytime, if any discrepancies visit the town of Saint-Lazare website for the official sources of information).

Community Patrol

All bylaws listed in resolution 12-537-19
*(subject to change)

Application regulations for the Act to promote the protection of persons through the establishment of a framework for dogs, RLRQ c. P-38.002, r. *to come

Coming soon

Bylaw 600 : Dog control regulations

Consult Bylaw 600

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

Bylaw 637: Park use regulations

Consult Bylaw 637

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

Bylaw 667: By-law relating to the use of water distributed by the municipal aqueduct network

Consult Bylaw 667

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 110-2019: Alarm systems regulations

Consult RMH 110

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 220: Regulation on peddlers and itinerant merchants

Consult RMH 220

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 299: Garage Sales and Temporary Sales Regulations

Consult RMH 299

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 330: Parking regulations

Consult RMH 330

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 399: Traffic regulations

Consult RMH 399

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 450-2019: Nuisance regulations

Consult RMH 450

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

RMH 460: Security, Peace and Order Regulations

Consult RMH 460 2018

For the most updated version please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

Sureté du Québec

All « RMH » bylaws

To see all RMH bylaws and the most updated version of all bylaws, please visit the town of Saint-Lazare website here: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglementsnumerique

Provincial laws, including the Highway Safety Code, subject to details contrary to law

The Highway Safety Code is a law of Québec. It governs, among other things, the use of vehicles, pedestrian traffic and road safety in Québec.

To consult the Highway Safety Code

 Highway Safety Code (CQLR, c. C-24.2)

The criminal code

The Criminal Code is a federal law that codifies all criminal offences subject to prosecution in Canada and specifies their corresponding sentences.

To consult the Criminal Code

Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Contact information for the various emergency or security services for Saint-Lazare.

911

When there is an EMERGENCY (a situation that endangers the safety of goods and people), citizens should dial 9-1-1 to obtain emergency services (Sûreté du Quebec), Health-Alert (ambulance) and fire stations (fires).

Community Patrol

Saint-Lazare Public Safety and Fire Department

Call 450 424-8000, extension 317

Sûreté du Québec

Poste de Vaudreuil-Soulanges Ouest

551, route 201, Saint-Clet, Qc J0P 1S0
Tél. : 456-3883

*Please make sure to call 911 in an emergency situation!

311

Call 311 to report all non-emergency calls requiring municipal intervention, including:

• broken water main and flooding;
• road obstacles;
• damaged traffic lanes;
• damaged traffic signs;
• burnt out lights and other problems of this nature.

*Evenings, weekends and holidays : Always dial 3-1-1 to report situations requiring municipal intervention.

Note: If you find that 311 doesn’t work from a cell phone, try to call from a landline.

 

Important: All information is subject to change at anytime! This website is not an official source of information for the town of Saint-Lazare.