The Quebec government is providing the City of Montreal with a $75 million grant for rehabilitating contaminated lands in several parts of its territory, by 2022.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Isabelle Melancon, made the announcement today, March 25th, in the presence of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Safety, and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, Martin Coiteux, and the Mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante.
Quebec increases the efforts against climate change with such projects
With this grant, the city of Montreal will be able to rehabilitate contaminated sites, municipal or otherwise, to promote the use of proven treatment technologies, such as in situ treatment (leaving the soil in place), and to promote the treatment of excavated soils and view of their valuation.
The Quebec government is therefore committed to accelerating the rehabilitation of contaminated lands in industrial and urban areas, particularly with a view to expanding the education network in this regard, creating green spaces, and increasing urban densities for the most populous part of the territory.
Quebec is contributing at the same time to the fight against climate change, this being one of the long-term objectives in the region.
The rehabilitation of contaminated lands in Montreal is linked to ClimatSol-Plus
The granting of the $75 million to the City of Montreal takes into account the special status of a metropolis and it has been recognized by the Canadian Government and its distinct context.
This project will be implemented as a part of the ClimatSol-Plus program announced in April 2017, which aims to support municipalities wishing to revitalize their territory by rehabilitating degraded land. Thus, the City of Montreal will choose the land to be rehabilitated, while reporting on its actions in the same way as other municipalities under the ClimatSol-Plus program.
In conclusion, the Canadian government, via its Minister for Environment, Isabelle Melancon, accepted the proposal of the Quebec government to grant $75 million to Montreal for rehabilitating contaminated lands to increase the efforts against the climate change.
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