Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

January 28, 2010 10:58 ET

A Canada-Quebec Investment for a Green Infrastructure Project in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Quebec City Region, and Ms. Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, and Mr. Sam Hamad, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region of Quebec, are pleased to announce today their support for a green infrastructure project in Quebec City. This project represents a global investment of $57 million and will create more than 450 jobs in the region, directly and indirectly. To undertake this project, the Government of Canada is contributing up to one third of eligible costs, up to $16,577,504. The contribution from the Government of Quebec of approximately $17.7 million will be added to the municipal contribution. This announcement was made with His Worship Regis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City.

The Quebec City project involves the construction of a system to treat organic waste, including biomethanization and composting equipment. This will enable the treatment of 85,000 tons of organic waste, which, until now, had been incinerated. The biomethanization technology transforms organic waste into biogas, a green fuel that can be used to replace fossil fuels, such as biocarbons to fuel vehicles or biocombustibles for heat.

"This federal investment of more than $16.5 million demonstrates the commitment of the governments of Canada and Quebec to work together to benefit our economy and our environment. The project announced today will enable the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) while stimulating job creation in the Quebec City Region," said Minister Verner.

"This project will help to reduce significantly the volume of waste that is incinerated and will contribute to achieving our objectives in the fight against climate change. It will also enable us de promote the development of a renewable energy that will generate numerous jobs over the coming years," declared Minister Line Beauchamp.

"This project will help the Capitale-Nationale region become one of the leaders in sustainable development in Quebec. In this regard, the region is already doing a good job, and has been for many years", added Minister Sam Hamad.

The Government of Canada contribution to this project will be provided through the new, $1-billion, five-year, nation-wide Green Infrastructure Fund, which is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. This Fund supports sustainable energy generation and transmission, as well as wastewater treatment and solid waste management at the municipal level. The federal government is working with provinces, territories and other stakeholders to identify and approve projects to be funded under this program.

The financial support from Quebec is being granted under a program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting, le Programme de traitement des matieres organiques par biomgthanisation et compostage, which will benefit from a total investment of about $650 million, of which at least $187 million will come from the Government Quebec. Projects funded under this program will create approximately 5,200 jobs, directly and indirectly. This program aims to implement one of the major project components of the new Quebec policy regarding the management of residual materials, by progressively banning the landfilling of organic matter by 2020, while contributing to the achievement of the Quebec target for GHG emissions reduction.

The federal government is also evaluating other biomethanization projects to be undertaken in Quebec under the Green Infrastructure Fund. The total federal investment in these biomethanization projects could reach more than $170 million.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca. For more information on Government of Canada investments in infrastructure, visit http://www.creatingjobs.gc.ca/. The www.infrastructure.gouv.qc.ca web site provides information on Government of Quebec investments in infrastructure.

Information on the program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting, le Programme de traitement des matieres organiques par biomgthanisation et compostage, is available at www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca/programmes/biomethanisation.



BACKGROUNDER

CONSTRUCTION OF ORGANIC WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR QUEBEC CITY


The organic waste treatment system project slated for Quebec City is also known as an anaerobic organic waste digestion system.

Anaerobic digestion takes place when organic waste decomposes without oxygen. The chief products of this process are carbon dioxide and methane gas.

This project will allow food waste from Quebec City residential and business sectors to be treated using anaerobic digestion. The technology allows for the transformation of organic waste into biogas, a product that can be used as a source of energy, like to fuel vehicles or to supply the gas network.

The project also involves the development of an open composting centre just outside the city, where the residue from anaerobic digestion and green waste from seasonal collections will be transformed.

Nearly 85 tonnes of waste will be treated annually under this project.

Green Infrastructure Fund

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government will provide $1 billion over five years to the Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF). This Fund supports sustainable energy generation and transmission, along with municipal wastewater and solid waste management infrastructure. Investments targeted by the GIF can improve the quality of the environment and will lead to a more sustainable economy over the longer term.

This fund will focus on green priorities such as green energy generation and transmission infrastructure, the construction and improvement of wastewater treatment systems, and improving solid waste management. Sustainable energy infrastructure, such as modern energy transmission lines, will contribute to improved air quality and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Eligible projects are those that promote cleaner air, cleaner water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and fall within any of the following categories: wastewater infrastructure; green energy generation infrastructure; green energy transmission infrastructure and municipal solid waste infrastructure, and carbon transmission and storage infrastructure.

The new $1-billion GIF will be allocated according to merit, to support green infrastructure projects on a cost-shared basis. The Fund will focus on a few, large scale, strategic infrastructure projects. The merit of the projects will be based on assessment criteria such as eligibility, financial requirements and project benefits.

The Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the eligible project costs, as much as $16,577,504, to the Quebec City project.

Federal funding is conditional upon the project meeting all Green Infrastructure Fund requirements and the signing of a contribution agreement with the Government of Quebec.

Green Fund of the Government of Quebec

The program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting, le Programme de traitement des matieres organiques par biomgthanisation et compostage, is funded by the levy on oil and by the regulation on fees for residual waste that feed the Green Fund. The Green Fund was created immediately following the adoption of an Act on sustainable development, and is a powerful tool that enables the government to better execute its responsibilities, especially with regard to climate change and the management of residual material.

The Government of Quebec program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting, le Programme de traitement des matieres organiques par biomgthanisation et compostage, was made public last November 16, at the unveiling of the new Quebec policy and accompanying five-year action plan on assorted residual materials management. This policy project reflects the intention of the government to develop a new green industry that will create jobs and wealth. Its goal is that ultimate residue be the only material eliminated in Quebec.

As stated in the policy project, this program will enable the establishment of what is required to progressively ban the landfilling of organic matter over the next ten years, particularly paper and cardboard by 2013.

It is through this program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting, therefore, that the Government of Quebec will fund its contribution - about $17.7 million - for the Quebec City project. This investment represents nearly a third of eligible program costs.

In order to receive funding support from the Government of Quebec, the project must meet all program requirements and must be the subject of a contribution agreement with Quebec City.

In the coming years, total investments of up to $650-million will flow from the new program for the treatment of organic matter through biomethanization and composting. By 2020, these efforts should substantially reduce GHG emissions from the residual waste sector.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Frederik Boisvert
    Political Advisor
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development,
    Environment and Parks
    Dave Leclerc, Press Secretary
    418-521-3911
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks
    Media Relations
    418-521-3991