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Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located. As of July 2009, Statistics Canada identifies Montreal's Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) as Canada's second most populous with a population of 1.9 millions in the city and metropolitan area population of 3.8 millions. The most spoken language at home in the city is French by 52.4% of the population, followed by English at 12.5%. Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Montreal is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities, was called "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle Magazine and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design. Though historically the commercial capital of Canada, it was surpassed in population, as well as economic strength, by Toronto after 1976. Today it continues as an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture, tourism, film and world affairs. As of 2009, Montreal is North America's number one host city for international association events, according to the 2009 preliminary rankings of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

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If you need a visa to enter Canada, indicate the need for an invitation letter on your registration form.

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