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Bill 137 adopted to support the implementation of the REM

Posted on September 29, 2017
The National Assembly of Quebec has passed Bill 137 on the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM). The purpose of this legislation is to promote the rapid implementation of the REM, which is the most important public transit project since the creation of the Montréal metro in 1967. “The REM project will contribute to the achievement of government objectives, including economic growth, electrification of transport and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility, and transportation electrification [...]

Quebec, Toyota to study hydrogen infrastructure

Posted on September 25, 2017
Following the recent meeting between Quebec minister of energy and natural resources Pierre Arcand, and Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Canada and Transition Énergétique Québec (TEQ) have announced their intention to enter into an MOU to study the market requirements for hydrogen infrastructure to support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles to Quebec. The announcement was made during the Japanese component of a mission to Asia led by Arcand. The two-part mission to Japan and China is aimed at positioning Québec as a [...]

Phase 2 of CHUM complex in Montreal complete

Posted on September 19, 2017
The Government of Quebec has celebrated the opening of the new buildings of the second phase of construction of the new hospital complex at the University of Montreal (CHUM). The three 25-storey buildings will each house therapeutic and hospital diagnostic services, emergency, and clinical follow-ups as well as clinical and logistical support. The latter includes, among others, laboratories, pharmacy, pathology, and the blood bank. The first patients will be welcomed to the facility on October 8th. This phase follows on from the construction of the CHUM Research [...]

Quebec revisiting land use planning regulations

Posted on September 15, 2017
Martin Coiteux, the Government of Quebec’s minister of municipal affairs and land occupancy, has announced creation of a committee to consider the development of new government orientations in land use planning (OGAT). It will be composed of the Minister and representatives of the two major municipal partners, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités and the Union des municipalités du Québec. "Recognized as local governments, municipalities are essential partners of the Government of Quebec,” said Coiteux. “They are better acquainted [...]

Shallow Geothermal Energy Mapping Initiative begins in Quebec

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has announced that work has begun to create a detailed resource map of ground thermal conductivity at depths up to 200 meters (650 ft.) in one of Canada’s most densely populated areas. The project team at Quebec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is applying original algorithms to vertical geothermal borehole data reported under CGC System Certification, with support from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. “Our [...]

STM releases 2025 strategic plan

Posted on August 31, 2017
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has introduced the Plan stratégique organisationnel 2025, STM’s strategic organizational plan for 2025. Banking on the positive momentum enjoyed by public transit, as well as an evolving context that provides major opportunities for contributing to the development of Montréal, this strategic organizational plan was prepared to meet the growing expectations of its customers and the public in general. “This new strategic organizational plan will serve to enhance the offer of service for all Montrealers,” [...]

Canada, Quebec invest in Autoroute Henri-IV rehabilitation

Posted on August 28, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding to widen Autoroute Henri-IV and refurbish the concrete pavement, mainly between the Charest/Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchanges. The Government of Canada is contributing $173.6 million to this project, which is estimated to cost between $400 million and $500 million. The remaining amount will be financed by the Government of Quebec. The federal funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. “Autoroute [...]

Quebec investing $330 million in Côte-Vertu underground garage

Posted on August 28, 2017
The Government of Québec will invest $330 million in the construction of an underground garage for subway trains at the Côte-Vertu station. This garage will replace the first-generation metro cars, and respond to increased traffic and other needs, including a future extension of the Blue Line. The Montreal Transit Corporation (STM) will provide the remaining funds for the project for a total investment of nearly $440 million. "With $ 330 million in funding for the Côte-Vertu garage, the government is demonstrating its interest in public transit and [...]

New segment of Autoroute 70 officially opens in Chicoutimi

Posted on August 2, 2017
The Government of Quebec has announced the official opening of the new section of Highway 70 linking Chicoutimi to La Grande-Anse Road in La Baie. The completion of the extension of this highway will require a total investment of nearly $ 120 million from the Government of Quebec. "The citizens of Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean will be able to travel on a new section of Highway 70 that will facilitate their travel and become an additional asset for the economic development of the region,” said Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility [...]

Canada, Quebec invest in Quebec City transit projects

Posted on July 20, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced an investment of over $59.6 million for 32 projects for Quebec City's Réseau de transport de la Capitale, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will invest over $33.1 million in these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute over $26.5 million. The Réseau de transport de la Capitale will provide the remaining funding. "The Government of Quebec's investment, together with those of the Government of Canada and the municipality, will greatly improve transit [...]
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