The history of electricity in Québec began in the late 19th century. Originally the domain of numerous private companies, it took a new direction with their subsequent nationalization.
In 1944 and 1963, the Québec government bought out the private companies and merged them into a government corporation, Hydro-Québec. Since then, the company’s technological innovations have earned Québec a worldwide reputation. Economist, journalist, and expert on the history of electricity in Québec and former editor-in-chief of FORCES magazine from 1984 to 1991, André Bolduc presents the key milestones along this journey.