A favorable reception from local communities is one of the three essential conditions for Hydro-Québec projects. When developing each new project, the company seeks to balance the three pillars of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic impacts.
Hydro-Québec will hold information and consultation sessions for local authorities and stakeholders to benefit from their knowledge of the territory and collect feedback.
A public participation process was initiated in the Fall of 2015 and public consultations were held in the Spring of 2017.
After conducting technical and environmental studies, Hydro-Québec developed two line route variants (A and B) and two possible sites for the substation, which were presented to the local community to gather any concerns.
Hydro-Québec employed various means to inform and consult the community on the project:
- Numerous in-person meetings with local organizations
- Information bulletins
- Open house information and consultation sessions in March 2017. One session was held for affected landowners and the other for the general population
- Public notice in local newspapers and letter of invitation to open house sessions
- Individual meetings with affected landowners
- Information on the Ville de Saint-Eustache web site
- Online survey and social media posts
Consultation activities were held with local organizations, affected landowners and residents living near the route variants. Through these exchanges, Hydro-Québec gained a better understanding of issues related to urban development, landscape, agricultural vitality, agritourism and other local realities.Route B was the more favourably received variant, and it was subsequently modified by Hydro-Québec to minimize the final project’s impact on the community. For more details, please refer to the information bulletin on the selected solution.
|Public participation process||Fall 2015 – summer 2017|
|Filing of environmental impact statement||Fall 2017|
|Permitting||Fall 2017 – winter 2018-2019|
|Substation construction||Spring 2019 – summer 2020|
|Line construction||Fall 2019 – summer 2020|
Before construction begins, a project news bulletin will be published for the local community with detailed information on the project.
Support for community development
Hydro-Québec sees its projects as an opportunity to participate in the development of host communities. With this in mind, through the Integrated Enhancement program, it provides a grant equal to 1% of the value initially approved for facilities covered by the program.
At the conclusion of the study and consultation process, Hydro-Québec will submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec to obtain the required permits.