The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks has created a new program called ClimatSol in order to encourage the rehabilitation of contaminated lands situated in Québec municipalities. The program will end on March 31, 2010. The primary objective of ClimatSol is to create favourable conditions towards integrating, within redevelopment projects, elements that will have a real and measurable impact on the reduction or abatement of greenhouse gas emissions or will increase energy efficiency of buildings. The program will provide for $50,000,000 over three years to be allocated as follows: $25,000,000 for the City of Montreal; $5,000,000 for the City of Québec; and $20,000,000 for other municipalities in Québec. The program expects that municipalities will also participate financially to admissible projects.
The program provides that a project must contribute to local sustainable development with the view of reaching one of the following goals: maintaining or creating wooded or vegetated areas, integrating green technologies in buildings, rehabilitating contaminated lands which presently prevent the development of municipalities because of their environmental history, encouraging the revitalization of urban sectors, improving the quality of the environment, ensuring the protection of citizens' health and improving their lifestyles, encouraging the use of recognized treatment technologies to decontaminate soils, increasing economic activity and municipal revenues, and favouring job creation.
Municipalities can also participate in the program, if the project provides for the maintenance or creation of vegetation areas and, if a construction project is involved, they include green building technologies in order to reduce energy consumption in a tangible and measurable fashion.
The program provides for payment of 50% of all eligible costs for the transportation of the soils and materials mixed with contaminated soils to be treated through provincially recognized and approved technologies, 50% of all eligible costs relating to in situ treatment of contaminated soils and water through provincially recognized and approved technologies, 30% of all admissible costs for the transportation and elimination or reclamation off-site of soils or materials mixed with contaminated soils, and 50% of all other admissible costs. The maximum financial aid for a given project, however, will be limited to $1,000,000.
The dates to submit an application for financial aid within the ClimatSol program are: November 1, 2007, January 15, 2008, May 15, 2008, September 15, 2008, January 15, 2009, May 15, 2009, September 15, 2009 and January 15, 2010.
More information regarding the ClimatSol program can be accessed (in French only at this time) at http://www.menv.gouv.qc.ca/sol/terrains/climatsol/index.htm.