City of Montreal offering caléche owners $1000 per horse, job training

The city of Montreal and the SPCA are teaming up to offer a compensation program for calèche owners and drivers whose profession will come to an end December 31 of this year when the city's ban on horse-drawn carriages takes effect.

A two year program that begins this May offers $1000 per horse and help for job transition and training skills. A budget of $30,000 is being allocated to the program.

The horses will be taken to the Galahad refuge or to foster homes to live out the rest of their days and drivers will be able to visit them.

The city announced last summer it would ban the calèche industry following incidents involving horses being injured or collapsing on the job.

The city reported a few hundred complaints and four accidents involving calèches since 2014. The city handed out 14 fines linked to the health of the horses or the state of the calèches in 2016 and 2017.