Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

November 09, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Grants $95,440 in Funding to the Reseau d'expertises et de developpement en biomethanisation

RIVIERE-DU LOUP, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, today announced the awarding of $95,440 in non-repayable funding to the Réseau d'expertises et de développement en biométhanisation, a biomethanation expertise and development network.

The network, which brings together companies, government agencies and centres of expertise operating in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, is dedicated to fostering the emergence of a biomethanation industrial sector in Quebec, an initiative that would maximize economic spinoffs from existing and upcoming projects in the field.

The organization intends to offer a variety of products and services, and will thus coordinate a research program, organize networking activities and ensure the transfer of its expertise to other biomethanation projects. The funding, awarded through the Business and Regional Growth program, will be used to cover the organization's operating costs up to March 31, 2012. In addition to helping diversify the region's economy, the Réseau's work will serve to support enterprises in their efforts to innovate and become more competitive in this growing sector.

"The startup of the first biomethanation plant in Quebec offers excellent opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting the development of this industrial sector," explained Bernard Généreux. 

The Réseau d'expertises et de développement en biométhanisation was created in the wake of the establishment of an almost $15 million biomethanation plant in the Rivière-du-Loup Regional County Municipality (RCM), the first plant of its kind in Quebec to use anaerobic digestion technology. The development of this sector could result in the creation of hundreds of jobs. The network's project is a fine example of partnership among numerous regional economic stakeholders. 

Over the next five years, the Government of Canada will invest a billion dollars in the Green Infrastructure Fund, a measure established under Canada's Economic Action Plan to support sustainable energy generation and transmission, along with municipal wastewater and solid waste management infrastructure.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Economic Development
    Claudie Lamontagne
    418-722-3280 or 1-800-463-9073
    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Benoit Fortin - Special Assistant