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ClimatSol-Plus program

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The ClimatSol-Plus program strongly supports the implementation of the Policy and the achievement of its action points. The reuse of contaminated lands that are often found in urban areas and served by all kinds of infrastructure offers undeniable advantages from both an economic and an environmental point of view. In implementing the ClimatSol-Plus program, Québec ensures continued funding of contaminated land rehabilitation and pursues the work accomplished by the Revi-Sols and ClimatSol programs. ClimatSol-Plus is intended to be used by:

  • Municipalities
  • Private landowners who are not responsible for the contamination of their land

In this way, the Government of Québec furthers its already well-established partnership with municipalities, who are significant allies in efforts to reach Québec’s objectives in the areas of greenhouse gas emission reduction and adaptation to the consequences of climate change. There are two parts to ClimatSol-Plus. Part 1 sets specific objectives in the fight against climate change, while Part 2 targets rehabilitating land with major economic potential and making it more attractive to eventual developers.

Here are the details:

  • Part 1:
  • Part 2:
    • A budget of 25 million dollars over 5 years
    • Financed by additional credits granted to the MDDELCC

Program information: 


Objectives

By making new government funding available, ClimatSol-Plus aims at giving contaminated lands a second life. More precisely, the program seeks to energize existing urban environments through the use of best land development practices. All submitted projects must contribute to local sustainable development initiatives and to the following objectives:

Part 1:

  • Rehabilitate contaminated lands
  • Implement measures to reduce heat islands
  • Create conditions that are favourable to population intensification in areas within the urbanization perimeter
  • Incorporate green building (energy efficiency) technologies into investment projects
  • Foster the use of proven soil decontamination technologies

Part 2:

  • Rehabilitate contaminated lands with strong economic development potential
  • Create conditions that are favourable to population intensification in areas within the urbanization perimeter. By reusing urban lands, transportation needs can be reduced, which helps reach climate change goals
  • Foster the use of proven soil decontamination treatment technologies

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Clientele eligibility

Eligible municipal applicants—municipalities, metropolitan communities, unorganized territories, regional county municipalities (RCM), inter-municipal authorities, and corporate bodies and organizations that have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • The majority of the applicant’s members are appointed by one or more municipal bodies
  • More than half of the applicant’s funding comes from one or more municipal bodies.

Eligible private applicants—Natural persons or private corporate bodies that own land that can be rehabilitated and meet the following conditions:

  • The applicant is not listed in the Registre des entreprises non admissibles aux contrats publics (RENA)
  • The applicant has not, in whole or in part, released, deposited, generated or discharged contaminants onto its land as understood in section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation (CQLR c Q-2, r 37) or has not allowed such release, deposit, generation or discharge prior to the date of application for the land at issue
  • The applicant has not, since January 1, 2015, in whole or in part, released, deposited, generated or discharged contaminants onto its land as understood in section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation, or authorized such release, deposit, generation or discharge and was neither the owner, lessee or custodian of the land

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Project eligibility

To be deemed eligible, projects must be located within an RCM urbanization perimeter, reclaim land whose level of contamination exceeds the criteria for use or maximum regulatory  values as set out in the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation, and comply with current Québec laws and regulations as well as the following:

Part 1:

  • Perform work on the rehabilitated land that enables its development. This may involve construction and/or major renovation or enlargement of a building, plant or facility. The goal is to restore the land’s original purpose or give it a new function. Residential, industrial, commercial or institutional construction and the development of public service spaces and/or infrastructure must be in line with a local sustainable development strategy
  • Comply with measures to fight climate change and reduce heat islands.

Part 2:

  • Support a commercial or industrial activity. Other uses may be deemed eligible only if they serve the common good. Applicants for a collective project must demonstrate how the project will contribute to local economic development
  • Support an investment project. For projects where no investment project is planned, the applicant must submit a rationale justifying the strategic nature of the land in the materialization of local urban planning or any other document that presents the economic development strategy adopted by the municipality for the zone to be renovated or rehabilitated

Project eligibility will be checked by the Ministère. Eligible projects need to have been already accepted by the relevant municipality.

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Funding granted under the program

Part 1—Funding shall be as follows:

  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling contaminated soil for treatment by proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 70% of all eligible costs for:
    • In situ treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
      and
    • In situ treatment of subsurface water using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 50% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site or off-site removal treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein
      and
    • On-site or off-site water treatment
However, for collective projects as defined in section 5 of the Normative framework, this ratio shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling excavated contaminated soil to the reclamation site. The cost of hauling is only eligible for soil that meets the criteria for use or the maximum regulatory values before excavation or exceeds the criteria for use or the maximum regulatory values prior to excavation, but has already been treated. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs for off-site hauling and disposal of metal-contaminated soil that fails to meet the criteria for use or maximum regulatory values and for which no treatment technology has been authorized by the Minister
  • 15% of all eligible costs for off-site hauling and disposal of contaminated soil in cases where the level of contamination fails to meet the criteria for use or maximum regulatory values
  • 50% of all eligible costs of support materials that enable lasting vegetation to colonize outside walls (to a maximum of $10,000). However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, this ratio shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs of components needed for the installation of lasting rooftop vegetation (to a maximum of $50,000). However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, this ratio shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and reclamation* of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and disposal of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil
  • 50% of all other eligible costs.

Part 2—Funding shall be as follows:

  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling contaminated soil for processing by proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 70% of all eligible costs for:
    • In situ treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
      and
      In situ treatment of subsurface water using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 50% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site or off-site removal treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein
      and
    • On-site or off-site water treatment
However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, this ratio shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling excavated contaminated soil to the reclamation site. The cost of hauling is only eligible for soil that meets the criteria for use or the maximum regulatory values before excavation or exceeds the criteria for use or the maximum regulatory values prior to excavation, but has already been treated. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs for off-site hauling and disposal of metal-contaminated soil that fails to meet the criteria for use or maximum regulatory values and for which no treatment technology has been authorized by the Minister
  • 15% of all eligible costs for off-site hauling and disposal of contaminated soil in cases where the level of contamination fails to meet the criteria for use or maximum regulatory values
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and reclamation* of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and disposal of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil
  • 50% of all other eligible costs.

The funding ceiling for projects submitted under Part 1 or 2 of ClimatSol‑Plus shall be one million dollars.

(*) Subsidized reclamation options exclude the use of residual materials as daily cover at landfills that are managed per the Regulation respecting the landfilling and incineration of residual materials (REIMR).

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How to submit an application for funding

To obtain funding under the ClimatSol-Plus program, private applicants must:

  • Fill out the appropriate application (part 1 or 2) (see “Documentation” below)
  • Meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the applicable normative framework (part 1 or 2) (see “Documentation” below)
  • Submit the duly completed and signed application in triplicate to the municipality concerned, along with the additional documents required under the normative framework

All applications for funding must be forwarded to the ministry by the municipality in question.

The next deadline is February 2, 2018. The applications must be received by the ministry no later than 4 p.m. (local time) at the following address:

Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement
et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Pôle d’expertise régionale – Secteur industriel
201, place Charles-Le Moyne, 2ndFloor
Longueuil (Québec)  J4K 2T5

Applications received after 4 p.m. on February 2, 2018, will be considered for the next deadline, which will be announced at a later date.

Since applications must be checked and approved at the municipal level, we recommend contacting your municipality to find out when to submit your application in order to meet the program deadline.

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Documentation

Part 1:

Part 2:

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Requests for information

For additional information, please contact the Secrétariat du Pôle d’expertise régionale du secteur industriel du Ministère by one of the following means.

Email: climatsol-plus@mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca

Telephone: 450 928-7607, ext. 361

Mailing address: 
201, place Charles-Le Moyne, 2e étage
Longueuil (Québec)  J4K 2T5


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