Video: PIEP - 30 years in communities

The IEP is a unique program created 30 years ago by Hydro-Québec. Its objective is to offset the residual impacts of new transmission facilities (lines and substations). The video shows projects completed by two municipalities in 2014. In Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Parc Marie-Victorin was transformed by developing a beach volleyball court, planting trees and shrubs, installing benches, picnic tables and bicycle racks, and adding new lawns and concrete walkways. In Pont-Rouge, walking trails were developed along the Jacques-Cartier between the Déry house and Marcoux mill, two heritage buildings that were refurbished in 1995 initiatives and have cultural importance for the town. (in French only)

The Integrated Enhancement Program (IEP) (in French only) aims to offset the residual impacts of transmission projects by allocating 1% of the initially authorized value of lines or substations to the communities that host them. The funding is used for local community initiatives that enhance the environment or improve municipal, community or recreational infrastructure, or for regional, tourism or Aboriginal community development. Since the IEP was created in 1985, Hydro-Québec has disbursed $126 million for a total of 1,267 initiatives.

Activities in 2016

  • $173,231 went into developing hiking trails and a community playground as part of the Nipugt project (230 kV line for the integration of the Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind farm). (Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
  • $544,790 went toward into the Fauvel lakes sector. The project consisted of developing pedestrian and bike paths, restoring a portion of the natural habitat and expanding the bike path network by over 6 km, connecting one segment to the Route verte and extending another toward neighbouring municipalities (Blainville substation and 315-kV line). (Laurentides)
Funding and Financial Commitments – Integrated Enhancement Program
  2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of initiatives 26 53 16 25
Hydro-Québec funding ($K) 2,798.9 4,176.0 1,584.1 3,001.2
Community funding ($K) 4,547.8 22,284.6 4,462.1 9,809.9
Project value ($K) 7,346.7 26,460.6 6,047.1 12,811.1

Hydro-Québec’s annual funding varies depending on the number and size of the transmission projects in progress.

Newly built rest area in the heart of the municipality of Causapscal: one of the improvements made to the community’s living environment thanks, in part, to Hydro-Québec’s financial contribution through its Integrated Enhancement Program.

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