New website caters to expats and anglophones

By Kevin Woodhouse

What began as a tool for British expatriates living in the south of France to find English resources in 2001 has since grown into the website, which reaches more than three million users and over 80 local sites. Recently, Montreal has been added to that list with a local site launched by Simon Alway.

Alway owns the Montreal franchise for the site and while it launched in late September, he had been working on it since May, in order to provide content for “English speaking expatriates who have recently moved to the city and their preferred language is English,” Alway told The Suburban.

There is information for newcomers on how to get a driver’s license, knowing the right paperwork to rent or buy property as well as other guidance like where to eat, where to find certain institutions as well as what’s on in their neighbourhood. There is also a local business directory that has already compiled a list of more than 2,000 different companies and services.

Alway insists the site is for informational purposes and is in no way “associated with any political party, as we do not want to upset the apple cart. The main purpose of AngloINFO Montreal is to provide a trustworthy source of local information, for the English speaking population of Greater Montreal.”

“We have been selective in our promotion as we don’t want to offend anyone,” Alway said. As the site grows, the focus will be on community events “as well as offering information about the city’s major sports franchises.”

The Montreal edition of the website can be found at

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