Presentation of the project and information gathering, consultation on project variants, optimization and announcement of the selected project, government approvals, information and discussions regarding the work.

In 2016, Hydro-Québec began an extensive consultation process involving the various stakeholders affected by the project and has maintained a dialogue throughout all the steps of the project in the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean regions, as well as with the Innu communities of Pessamit, Essipit and Mashteuiatsh.

Approximately 100 opportunities for discussion in the form of presentations, meetings, customized follow-ups and open house events also enhanced the project. We met with people in Côte-Nord, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, the city of Québec, Lévis, Rimouski and Montréal—locations where such meetings could be easily facilitated.

At the same time, communication activities were planned and carried out in collaboration with the representatives of the Innu communities in order to best respond to their needs in terms of information and consultation.

We also worked with the representatives of MRCs, municipalities, regional organizations and the regional branches of the different government departments affected by the project.

Discussions are ongoing with certain stakeholders to address specific cases and minimize the project’s impacts.