On November 7, 2014, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, announced the beginning of a consultation process on Québec’s new energy policy set to be released in Fall 2015.

Over the next few weeks, the Government will publish four documents intended to initiate and encourage discussions on the new energy policy. The first document, entitled “Contexte, défis et vision” (“Context, Challenges and Vision”) will set out the framework for the consultation process. The other documents will tackle the issues of (i) renewable energy, (ii) efficiency and energy innovation and (iii) fossil fuels. Also, in connection with these topics, three roundtable meetings will be held in January, March and May 2015.

Given the energy sector’s constant evolution, in North America and around the world, the Government is seeking to preserve Québec’s leadership position but not without assessing the most recent information and developments before committing to a long term policy. As such, the Government will draw upon several studies and reports already completed, members of the public, First Nations, a number of interested stakeholders and renowned experts to support the development of the new energy policy.