Our approach

Excavation of an archaeological site in the Romaine  complex area.

When carrying out a project, such as the construction of a generating station, Hydro-Québec makes sure it is:

  • profitable
  • environmentally acceptable
  • well-received by local communities

Environmental acceptability

With respect to the environment, Hydro-Québec does everything possible to preserve the various types of land use in the areas where it builds its facilities. When building a hydropower facility for example, the company investigates all the physical and biological components that are likely to be affected, and then takes the measures required to mitigate and compensate for the environmental impacts of its operations.

Some examples

Generation project: Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert

Hydro-Québec is careful to maintain the use of the Rivière Rupert, which was partially diverted as part of this project. Eight hydraulic structures were built along the river and an instream flow was implemented to maintain water levels and preserve navigation in the lower Rupert. The instream flow varies seasonally to protect most of the lake sturgeon, lake whitefish, walleye, sucker and pike spawning grounds.

The Observatoire des énergies renouvelables (Observ’ER), a European organization, cited the Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project as "a prime example of how to incorporate environmental constraints."

Workers bring up one of the 18 nets installed in the Rivière Rupert downstream of the spawning ground at KP 281, as part of the Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert environmental follow-up program.

Transmission project: Neubois substation

During the planning phase for the construction of the Neubois substation in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, Hydro-Québec conducted several studies to facilitate the integration of the new facilities into the host environment. One example: searching for the shortest possible route to minimize the number of elements possibly affected.

Distribution project: Preserving biodiversity

Thanks to its sound vegetation management methods, Hydro-Québec respects the natural environment and promotes biodiversity preservation close to its lines.

Reception by local communities

In terms of reception by local communities, Hydro-Québec works hard to ensure that land users can continue their activities during and after construction. Some thirty agreements target the economic, social and cultural development of the host communities. For example, the company works with local stakeholders to maintain favorable conditions for all activities important to host communities: motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, hunting and fishing. In fact, hydropower reservoirs are some of the most popular sport fishing sites.

Generation project: Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert

Partnership with Cree communities to preserve the important role of tallymen and maintain traditional hunting activities.

Access development (ATV and snowmobile trails, boat ramps, portages) and installation of signs to indicate campsites and snowmobile trails.

Development of 10 hectares of wetlands and ponds that will provide rest areas for waterfowl and good hunting sites.

Contribution to employment for Aboriginals – As part of its infrastructure projects, Hydro-Québec devotes considerable effort to promoting Aboriginal employment: creation of Aboriginal companies, funding for training, contracts for construction projects, etc.

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