Supporting green infrastructure – The governments of Canada and Quebec will invest more than $2.8 million to recover and reuse waste heat from the Saint-Félicien forest biomass cogeneration plant


SAINT-FELICIEN, QC, June 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Investments in green infrastructure projects help build sustainable and resilient communities with healthy and environmentally responsible living environments. They also make it possible to find appropriate solutions to combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create jobs while expanding the opportunities of a green economy that will help promote the transition to a green that will help communities thrive.

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, the Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, on behalf of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, and the Member of Parliament for RobervalNancy Guillemette, on behalf of the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, jonathan julienneannouncement $2,853,000 in co-financing a project to recover waste heat from the forest biomass cogeneration plant located in Saint-Félicien in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

The project consists of building a municipal network of pipes that will connect the plant to the nearby municipal agrothermal and industrial thermal parks. The heat pipe system will also serve four industrial buildings and other facilities that will be constructed on lands subsequently serviced by the system. The annual GHG reduction made possible by this initiative is estimated at more than 13,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equivalent to removing more than 3,400 light vehicles from circulation.

The government of Canada invests $1,556,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure (GIS) component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Quebec contributes $1,297000 through the Electrification and Climate Change Fund, the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. The municipality of Saint-Félicien offers $1,037000 for the project.


“Investing in our infrastructure is not just putting money in bricks and mortar. The project we are announcing today concerns concrete investments for our municipalities and their citizens, taking another step in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The announced project is innovative and promising for Saint-Félicien and the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. Congratulations to all the partners who continue to work together on such an important project for our environment and our future. We will continue to deliver for our communities.

The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“The recovery of waste heat is one of the many measures our government is emphasizing in its Master Plan for Energy Transition, Innovation and Efficiency. The project announced here will not only reduce the need for fossil fuels, but it will clearly contribute to the development of this sector which is currently emerging in the province. Quebec will benefit. I salute the vision of the future that drives those responsible for this promising circular economy model for the province. »

Jonathan Julian, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region

“The waste heat recovery and recovery technologies represent interesting prospects for saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Quebec has all the assets to develop this sector. This is why our 2030 Plan for a green economy proposes means and investments to support this sector. We are proud to contribute to projects like that of the City of Saint-Félicien, which will certainly pave the way for other organizations or municipalities wishing to launch similar successful initiatives. »

Benoit CharretteMinister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region

“The installation of the heating network is eagerly awaited since it represents the first link in a network that will allow the realization of many other projects, since they all fall under the same strategy. With today’s announcement, the Government of Quebec confirms its important contribution to this meaningful and innovative project, and I am very happy about it! The positive impacts, both economic and environmental, will be significant for the region. The initial idea of ​​this project has been evolving for several years and I take this opportunity to salute all those who have participated for all the work accomplished up to now, particularly the former members of the municipal council of the city of Saint-Félicien for their vision of the future. I am convinced that this initiative will become a model of circular economy for all Quebec.”

Nancy Guillemette, Member of the National Assembly of Roberval

Fast facts

  • Thanks to the investment in Canada Infrastructure Program (PICI), the federal government invests more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028 in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure, green infrastructure, public transit and infrastructure projects in rural and northern communities.
  • Since 2016, CIPI’s Green Infrastructure stream has funded 1,138 projects for a total of $4,418,645,180 in Canada; in Quebecthis translates into 281 projects for a total of $1,217,519,750.
  • The integrated bilateral agreement aims to implement the ICIP in Quebec and establish the terms, obligations and commitments of the parties.
  • The Saint-Félicien project globally contributes to the government of of Quebec objective of reducing its GHG emissions by 37.5% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. It is part of measure 1.6.1 “Maximize the efficient use of energy” of the implementation plan of the 2030 Plan for a green economy, as well as measure 73 “Accelerate the financing of projects using waste heat recovery and the establishment of a mandatory register of significant heat losses” for the Energy Transition, Innovation and Efficiency Master Plan .
  • The public call for tenders currently underway to finance the implementation of waste heat recovery projects in Quebec was increased in May 2022. It now has an overall envelope of $362 million and eligible beneficiaries have been expanded.

Related links

Infrastructure Canada projects and programs in Quebec

Invest in Canada Plan Funding Stream: Green Infrastructure

Master plan for energy transition, innovation and efficiency in Quebec – 2026 update

Waste heat recovery projects (in French only)

2030 plan for a green economy (EPG)

EGP Implementation Plan 2022-2027

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For further information: Media Contacts, Jean-Sébastien Comeau Press Secretary and Communications Advisor, Office of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, [email protected], Such. : 343-574-8116; Emmanuelle Ducharme, Cabinet Press Secretary, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and the region de la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine , Tel. : 514 962-0758; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Department of Energy and Natural Resources, [email protected]Such. : 418 521-3875


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