Gaspé communities and SMEs will take full advantage of the circular economy with the support of Canada


CED is granting $238,000 in financial assistance to the Gaspésie intermunicipal residual materials processing board for its flexible plastics recovery project.

Grande-Rivière (Quebec), May 26, 2022 – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Today, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, announces a non-refundable contribution of $238,000 to the Intermunicipal Residual Materials Processing Board of Gaspésie (RITMRG) for a future project that it is piloting. The project aims to recover flexible plastics for use in asphalt and recycled plastic engineering components. It offers a clean and economical solution to SMEs and Gaspé communities, fueling the circular economy.

CED’s support will allow the RITMRG to hire specialized personnel and buy or rent conditioning and recycling equipment such as a densifier, a granulator and a grinder.

Created in 1998, the RITMRG relies on innovation to optimize the management of residual materials generated in the regions of the MRC du Rocher-Percé and the MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé. The organization promotes a global approach to the production and management of waste on its territory. It focuses on a proactive perspective, local management and communication to ensure waste is reduced at source, reused, recycled or recovered with the goal of reducing landfill usage.

The Government of Canada recognizes and supports businesses and organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Quebec’s economic recovery depends on the adoption of green technologies and the fight against climate change. Companies that leverage clean technologies are major contributors to growth with a reduced environmental footprint, as well as key assets in rebuilding a stronger, more resilient, greener and fairer economy for all.


“Our government has made concrete commitments to show that a strong economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand. We make strategic investments in clean technologies by helping organizations such as the Gaspésie Residual Materials Treatment Board become more innovative and competitive. I am delighted that CED is supporting a project that encourages innovation to develop greener technologies and products in Gaspésie. »

The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, MP for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue

“Our government has taken steps to help businesses that are taking advantage of innovation, new technologies and going green. By helping the Gaspésie Intermunicipal Residual Materials Processing Board, that is exactly what we are doing today. Our support for an organization that is developing an ecological and sustainable technique is a good example of a project that will reduce Canada’s environmental impact and foster a greener and more resilient economy.

The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, MNA for Brome-Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED

“Thanks to the financial support of partners such as Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, we will be able to proceed with the local transformation of flexible plastics in order to develop concrete and innovative applications for municipalities, particularly in paving and urban furniture. This project will allow our organization to achieve its ambitious goals of reducing the use of landfill sites, reusing and recovering recyclable materials in our region and limiting the use of raw materials.

James Keays, President, RITMRG

Fast facts

  • The funds were granted through CED’s Jobs and Growth Fund. This program provides funding to businesses and organizations to help them create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth.
  • CED is a key federal partner in regional economic development in Quebec. With its 12 regional business offices, CED supports businesses, support organizations and all regions of Quebec towards the economy of tomorrow.
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