Canada Invests in Clean Technologies in Quebec

News release

September 16, 2020                                               Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec                           Government of Canada             

The Government of Canada is committed to innovation and to building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create good jobs and support the natural resource sectors. This commitment will be more important than ever as we begin to reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced investments of more than $1,440,000 for three projects that will help build a cleaner future in Quebec. These investments include funding to:

  •  The Centre Technologique des Résidus Industriels for a pilot project that will test a new fragmentation and grinding technology for the mining sector. An investment of $1,150,495 will help develop a viable alternative to more energy-intensive options for crushing and grinding. If successful, this process will significantly reduce emissions and lower energy consumption by up to 20 percent. The Government of Canada’s funding comes in part from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, $442,600, and from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions’ Quebec Economic Development Program, $707,895.
  • Martin Roy Transport (MRT) to improve the energy efficiency of and reduce emissions from their heavy-duty vehicle fleet. This investment of $74,747 from the Green Freight Assessment Program will be used by MRT to implement recommendations from their initial energy assessment. This includes incorporating 860 aerodynamic equipment retrofits that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption and improve competitiveness.
  • The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue to evaluate the long-term performance of reclamation methods at abandoned and active mine sites in a changing climate. This $215,150 investment from the Climate Change Adaptation Program will assess how plants used in mine reclamation will function as the climate changes, helping the mining industry adapt and to ensure the continued productivity of these important land resources. 

The announcements were made at the end of the Parliamentary Secretary’s tour of northern Quebec, where he also conducted a tour of the Centre Technologique des Résidus Industriels. The government will continue to support innovative projects that create a clean, sustainable, competitive natural resources sector that cuts pollution and acts on climate change. 


Paul Lefebvre
Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“We have made concrete commitments to demonstrate that a strong economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand. This is more important than ever as we plan a sustainable economic recovery. I am honoured to announce financial support from CED for the Centre Technologique des Résidus Industriels to acquire innovative equipment. This organization stands out for its dynamism, audacity and spirit of innovation, and it will contribute to the deployment of our clean technology industrial network for the future of the mining sector.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED

“The climate remains one of the most important challenges of our time. It is therefore essential to encourage local companies and organizations to develop more environmental and greener processes, as the CTRI is doing for mining companies. This is why we are taking robust action to fight climate change by supporting innovative projects that are essential to the well-being of future generations.” 

Élisabeth Brière
Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)

Hassine Bouafif
Executive Director, Centre Technologique des Résidus Industriels

Johanne Valence
Media Relations, Martin Roy Transport

“Combining mine productivity and environmental protection is an integral part of UQAT’s mission. This project, which is under UQAT’s responsibility, is aligned with our mission: to ensure that the performance of mining sites rehabilitation is not significantly affected in the long term by climate change, therefore avoiding future environmental issues.

Denis Martel, Rector
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

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