The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is launching a pilot project to allow leashed dogs in its subway system starting October 15, 2022.

The nine-month project was developed in response to the Montreal SPCA’s “Fido in the Metro” campaign. Last year, nearly 18,000 people signed our petition, and their efforts paid off!

Montreal joins the long list of large cities, such as Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Calgary and Toronto, where dogs on a leash are welcome on public transportation.

— No special ticket will be required; dogs will travel free of charge.

— The pilot project will be limited to the metro for the time being. Leashed dogs will therefore not be allowed on buses.

— You will still be able to travel on the STM network with your animal companion in a carrier or a bag intended for this use, according to the existing terms and conditions.

To guarantee that the project is successful, and that travelling with your dog is pleasant for everyone, the Montreal SPCA has provided you with some tips. The most important thing is to prepare your dog for these special outings, which may take a few days to a few weeks, to make sure they go well. Also, be sure to read the STM’s guidelines.

How do you get you prep your dog to take the metro? Here are our tips.

Assess whether your dog is socialized enough to ride the metro
Use your dog’s favourite treats
Understand your dog’s language
Choose a basket muzzle
Getting your dog comfortable wearing a muzzle
Strangers and other dogs
First time in the metro
Head down to the platform
Boarding the train
Gradually extending trips

Here are the STM’s rules and guidelines.

For details, visit the STM’s website.

— Travel is limited to off-peak hours from Monday to Friday (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m.) as well as on weekends and holidays

— Dogs are required to wear a muzzle throughout the trip, from the moment they enter the metro station

— Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (wrap the leash around your hand to bring it to a maximum length of 1.25 m)

— Any “mess” that the animal might make must be picked up

— Dogs are not allowed on seats or benches

— No more than one dog may accompany each person

— Avoid the front car of the train, which is the preferred car for schools, daycare centres, people with functional limitations and bicycles

— Use the stairs (avoid escalators, as they can cause injury to dogs). Elevators are intended for people with limited mobility, but you can use them with your animal if space permits

— Only use STM-owned entrances and exits

— Non-STM buildings, businesses and services that provide access to the metro may not allow leashed dogs; inquire prior to your trip

— For the time being, the Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke station is excluded from the pilot project

Answers to frequently asked questions

Does taking my dog on the metro cost anything?
What about those who don’t want to be around dogs in the metro?
Why is a muzzle mandatory?
Will animals travelling in a carrier also be required to wear a muzzle?
Why aren’t leashed dogs allowed on buses?
Is there a weight limit for the dog?
What about people with allergies?
What about the risk of a bite or incident?
What about service dogs?
What about cleanliness?
Is this policy environmentally friendly?
Does this policy promote social justice?