Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

February 01, 2010 11:21 ET

Canada-Quebec Investment in Four Green Infrastructure Projects in the Montreal Region

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - Steven Blaney, MP for Lévis-Bellechasse, and Line Beauchamp, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks, are pleased today to announce their support for four green infrastructure projects in the Greater Montreal Region. The projects represent a total investment of nearly $559M for the region. To carry out the projects, the Government of Canada is contributing up to a third of eligible costs, a total of up to $150M. The Quebec contribution, in the order of $165M, is in addition to the contributions from the target municipalities.

The projects, to be carried out in the Greater Montreal region, involve the construction of organic waste treatment systems.

"Today's announcement is a concrete expression of our government's commitment to combine environmental concerns with economic imperatives. These green biomethanation projects in the Greater Montreal region will boost the economy and create jobs for Quebecers while promoting cleaner, greener living," said Mr Blaney. "As we start the second phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our priorities will be to continue its fast implementation and to implement the remaining projects under the Stimulus Fund across the country. Once the economy is growing again, we will work on reducing the deficit and establishing a sound foundation for creating jobs and for economic growth."

"These projects will not only create jobs, one of the top priorities for our government, but they will also help to attain the objectives of our climate change action plan, our energy strategy and our very recent Draft Policy on Residual Material, which provides for a ban on organic matter in landfill sites within ten years. Today we are taking a giant step toward a greener economy and the creation of a waste-free, low carbon society," said Minister Beauchamp.

Green project in Montreal

The Government of Canada is to provide a maximum contribution of $67,068,916 for the collection and treatment of organic waste in Montreal, while the Government of Quebec will provide a total in the order of $68.5M. The project, to cost an estimated $215.5M, includes the construction of two systems to treat organic waste through anaerobic digestion, two composting centres and a pilot centre for the pre-treatment of organic waste.

In addition, three other projects for the construction of organic waste treatment systems, in Laval, Longueuil and the southern rim of Montreal, will receive federal funding. The Government of Canada has set aside a maximum contribution of $83,112,791 for these three projects, and the Government of Quebec an amount in the order of $96.3M.

The Government of Canada's contribution to these projects comes from the new, $1 billion, five-year, nation-wide Green Infrastructure Fund, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 budget. This Fund supports sustainable energy generation and transmission, along with municipal wastewater and solid waste management infrastructure. The federal Government is working with provinces, territories and other stakeholders to identify and approve more projects under this Fund.

Quebec's financial assistance is being provided under the Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting. This program provides for a total investment in the order of $650M, including over $187M from the Government of Quebec to fund these and future projects. Projects funded under the program will create about 5,200 direct and indirect jobs. The goal of the program is to implement the key components of Quebec's new Policy on the Management of Residual Materials by gradually banning the burial of organic matter by 2020 while contributing to attainment of Quebec's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The federal government is evaluating other biomethanation projects which could take place in Quebec under the Green Infrastructure Fund. The total federal investment in biomethanation projects could reach more than $170M.

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

Information on the Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting
is available at www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca/programmes/biomethanisation.


BACKGROUNDER

FOUR PROJECTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ORGANIC WASTE IN THE MONTREAL REGION

Four green projects have been identified as priorities and will benefit from a federal investment of up to $150M under the Green Infrastructure Fund of Canada's Economic Action Plan. In addition, the Government of Quebec has earmarked a financial contribution in the order of $165M for these projects under its own Green Fund.

The four projects involve the treatment of a large part of the organic waste generated in the following municipalities and agglomerations: Montreal and its component cities, Laval, Longueuil and the southern rim of Montreal.

The goal of the projects is to establish anaerobic digestion (biomethanation) and composting facilities. Anaerobic digestion takes place when organic waste decomposes without oxygen, resulting in a biogas rich in methane and digestate. The process allows for the treatment of table scraps, septic sludge and organic waste from homes, factories and institutions. The composting process will treat table scraps, leaves and grass clippings produced in the municipalities and agglomerations.

The initiatives will limit the amount of waste sent to municipal landfill sites and allow, in the case of anaerobic digestion, for the production of bioenergy to replace fossil fuel and combustibles, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GGEs).

The Montreal project includes the construction of two organic waste treatment systems, two composting centres and a pilot centre for the pre-treatment of organic waste. The projects in Longueuil, Laval and the southern rim involve the construction of systems for the treatment of organic waste using either biomethanation or composting.



The maximum federal contribution to the four projects is broken down
as follows:

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Municipality Federal Contribution
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Montreal $67.1M
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Longueuil $21.5M
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Laval $30.6M
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Southern rim $31.0M
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Total $150.2M
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The Government of Quebec's contribution to the four projects is
broken down as: follows:

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Quebec Contribution
Municipality (in the order of)
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Montreal $68.5M
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Longueuil $23.2M
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Laval $35M
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Southern rim $38.2M
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Total $164.9M


To be eligible for federal funding, projects must meet all of the requirements of the Green Infrastructure Fund and be covered by contribution agreements with the Government of Quebec.

Green Infrastructure Fund

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government will inject $1 billion over five years into a Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF). This Fund is intended to support sustainable energy generation and transmission, along with municipal wastewater and solid waste management infrastructure. Targeted investment in green infrastructure can improve the quality of the environment and 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, building and upgrading wastewater treatment systems, and improving solid waste management. Sustainable energy infrastructure, such as modern energy transmission lines, will contribute to improved air quality and lower carbon emissions.

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

The new $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund will be allocated based on 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, leveraging financial investments and project benefits.

Government of Quebec Green Fund

The Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting is funded by royalties on fuel and fossil fuel and those required for the elimination of waste, which go into the Green Fund. It should be kept in mind that the Green Fund was created following passage of the Sustainable Development Act, and is a powerful lever for the Quebec government in supporting a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of the environment, particularly in terms of combating climate change and managing waste.

The Government of Quebec's Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting was made public on November 16, 2009, at the unveiling of the new Draft Quebec Policy on Residual Materials and the related five-year action plan. The policy is in line with the government's intention of developing a completely new green industry, creating jobs and prosperity. It has one main objective - for end waste to be the only waste sent for disposal in Quebec.

As stipulated in the policy, the program will provide for the establishment of the facilities required to gradually ban organic waste, especially paper and cardboard, from landfills by 2013.

The Government of Quebec will pay its financial contribution to the four projects announced today, a total contribution in the order of $165M, under the Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting, that

To receive funding from the Quebec government, the project must meet all the requirements of the Program and be covered by a financial contribution agreement.

In the coming years, investment from the new The Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting will total $650M. By 2020, these efforts should considerably reduce GGEs from the waste industry.

Contact Information

  • SOURCES:
    Office of the Minister of Transport and
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Quebec Minister of Sustainable
    Development, the Environment and Parks
    Dave Leclerc
    Press Secretary
    418-521-3911
    or
    INFORMATION:
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Quebec Department of Sustainable Development,
    the Environment and Parks
    Media Relations
    418-521-3991