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)

Inaugurated in 1985, the Integrated Enhancement Program funds enhancement projects in the municipalities affected by the construction of our transmission facilities, with a view to offsetting their residual impacts. An amount equivalent to 1% of the project’s value is allocated to communities that host our transmission lines and substations. The funds are used for local community initiatives that enhance the environment or improve municipal, community or recreational infrastructure, for regional or tourism development, or for development in Indigenous communities.

In 2017, we allocated $4.2 million for 27 initiatives. Once agreements have been reached, municipalities have a year to carry out their projects. At the end of the process, the grand opening of the new community facilities is held. The program has granted $130 million toward 1,294 initiatives since its inception.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • We provided $415,800 to the municipality of Saint-Michel-des-Saints in Lanaudière to fund recreational and tourism infrastructure, including a skating rink, BMX bike track and water play area, as part of the 735-kV Chamouchouane–Bout-de-l’Île project.
  • We gave funding of $6,100 to the municipality of Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix in Bas-Saint-Laurent to reroof the parish hall, as part of the project to build a 120-kV line from the Viger-Denonville wind farm.
Funding and Financial Commitments – Integrated Enhancement Program
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of initiatives 53 16 25 27
Hydro-Québec funding ($K) 4,176.0 1,584.1 3,001.2 4,231.0
Community funding ($K) 22,284.6 4,462.1 9,809.9 23,641.7
Project value ($K) 26,460.6 6,047.1 12,811.1 27,872.7
The TransTerrebonne bike path extension enhances the recreational and tourism potential of the Lanaudière region.

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