In addition to being the second-largest landowner in Québec after the Québec government, Hydro-Québec owns facilities and infrastructure throughout the province. The company also operates many reservoirs, dams and control structures, preserves the quality of water bodies and shares their use.
Historically, changes in the power grid have influenced land use and development. For this reason, we actively collaborate in various land use planning initiatives: urban planning, land use plans, master plans for water and public land-use planning.
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.
Activities in 2016
- Distribution lines were undergrounded for a distance of over 465 m beneath Avenue Saint-Jérôme in Matane as part of an effort to revitalize the downtown core. The avenue is the city’s commercial and cultural hub and includes the Église Saint-Jérôme heritage site. The undergrounded segment also runs along the Rivière Matane. The project value is $ 1.9 million. (Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
- As part of the program to enhance public thoroughfares (PDF, available in French only), 2.6 km of distribution lines were undergrounded in Montréal (400 m), Saguenay (1,045 m), Matane (465 m), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (350 m) and Blainville (300 m). Promoting urban renewal, the program supports municipal efforts to beautify residential and commercial neighbourhoods by helping fund the undergrounding of certain line segments that run along public roadways.