Land use and development in Québec requires an integrated multidisciplinary approach, in which Hydro-Québec plays a key role. In managing its operations and carrying out its projects, the company takes account of land-use planning initiatives such as master plans for water and public land-use plans. It continually reviews its practices and processes to ensure that its power grid harmonizes with current and future land uses. From its generating stations, which are often located in remote regions, to its urban distribution system, Hydro-Québec designs its facilities while taking into consideration the distinctive characteristics and constraints of the land where they are built.

Video: The Guy substation and its colossal mural

For years, local residents have been complaining about the recurring graffiti on the walls surrounding the Guy substation in downtown Montréal. We had to perform graffiti removal on a regular basis. To solve the problem in a sustainable way, we asked MU, a charity, to create a mural measuring 420 m2 (4,520 sq. ft.).

A jury composed of representatives from Hydro-Québec and the city’s Sud-Ouest borough selected the artist Roadsworth to execute the work, which pays tribute to the noteworthy events, richness and diversity of the Little Burgundy neighbourhood. The public was invited to join in the creative process during a participatory painting day that brought together more than 200 people. Public involvement will continue in 2017 with the creation of a public artwork on a Hydro-Québec device and landscaping at the foot of the mural.

2017 Highlights

  • In collaboration with the Association des aménagistes régionaux du Québec, we rolled out a training program that helps land-use and urban planners better understand the specific characteristics of the power grid. The program was offered at 18 MRCs and 12 municipalities (covering six administrative regions), as well as several provincial departments and agencies. A total of 52 people took the course, which will be given until 2020.
  • We planted 45 trees and shrubs on three of the company’s lots in the Montréal borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. The purpose was to contribute to the efforts of Ville de Montréal and Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (SOVERDI) to increase the area of urban forest and improve the health and safety of residents and our employees. (Montréal)
The charming Rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau, after power lines were undergrounded.