Sustainable Development


Osheaga – Sound for the Environment

Over the years, Osheaga has put into place various eco-friendly actions focused on reusing, reducing and recycling.

Osheaga is the first festival in North America to achieve the ISO 20121 certification for its Event Sustainability Management System for the 2014 edition.

Beyond the artistic and cultural experience, Osheaga wants to minimize the negative impact on the environment and maximize the positive influence it has on the society and the economy. The Osheaga Festival is in the center of suppliers, partners, artists and the public.


  • Waste and recycling sorting stations are located throughout the festival site
  • Recycling figures: 11 tons of plastic, 8 tons of cardboard, 3 tons of wood, 2 tons of metal, 0.2 tons of glass, 4.3 tons of compost materials


  • Transformation of our old banners into pennants used to decorate the site
  • Decorative installations and furniture in the Artist World are made from recycled wood
  • Artistic installation CANLOVE GRAFFITI RECYCLING PROGRAM is built using recycled paint cans


  • The Ecocup: The introduction of reusable Ecocups helped reduce the amount of single-use plastic cups by 120 000 units, which is equivalent to a stack of cups 10 times the height of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Technology for nature’s sake: The mobile application eliminated the need for the printing and distribution of official programs, equivalent to 240 000 8½ × 11 sheets or about 20 trees.
  • Water for everyone: Various water refilling stations are located throughout the festival grounds
  • The exit is this way! In 2015, waste management allowed for a 61% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills, equivalent to 51 tons or the weight of the two main stages!
  • The Road to Osheaga:
    • The best way to get to Osheaga is to take the metro to Parc-Jean-Drapeau station on the yellow line and arrive directly on festival grounds
    • It is easy to get to Osheaga by bike as the site is situated less than a 20-minute ride away from downtown Montreal! A secure bicycle parking near the festival site is yours to use.


  • Eating a variety of local foods: A wide selection of concession stands, food trucks and catering services on site are from the greater Montreal region and offer a variety of dishes including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
  • Contributing to the local economy: We value local resources both in terms of staff and the companies we work with. Thanks to its 135 000 festivalgoers, Osheaga generates $50 million in economic benefits for the metropolitan area!


We go to Osheaga to have fun! Nonetheless there is a lot of waste produced over the weekend.

This year, the festival is taking measures to become certified for the BNQ 9700-253-Responsible Event Management and minimize the negative impacts Osheaga could have on the environment.

In this mindset, we have set a goal for the waste produced per person during Osheaga 2016: 170 grams.

Here are some ways you can help us out!

  • Use public transportation to get to & from Osheaga. There are the unlimited-weekend tickets you can purchase at the STM on July 28th and 29th for 17.00$ (valid from 10 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday).
  • Use the recycling bins on site to dispose of your cardboard, plastic and paper items.
  • Use our official Ecocups for drinks and refill your water bottles at the various water fountains
  • Use the Osheaga 2016 mobile application to consult the schedules
  • Respect the facilities of both Parc Jean-Drapeau and Osheaga. If you like the fact that our site is filled with trees, do not climb them or damage them. We have worked hard to create a beautiful site and build practical facilities. By respecting the grounds, you allow the production team to focus on the important things that help us offer you the best festival experience possible!
  • Share your comments and suggestions by writing to

2016, WE DID IT!

For a few years now, we’ve been striving to make Osheaga a sustainable event.

We set clear objectives for ourselves and in 2016, we gave ourselves a goal of 170 grams of waste per person.
Well, we wanted to let you know that together, we actually did even better than that by managing to reduce waste to 166 grams per person!

Here are the detailed results:

  • Total residual materials produced during the event: 22.46 t
  • Total recyclable material produced during the event: 21.93 t
  • Produced compost during the event: 1.22 t

So we just want to say THANK YOU!