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Canada-Quebec investment of almost $48 million in the enhanced project involving the processing of organic matter using biomethanization in St. Hyacinthe

St. Hyacinthe, Québec – January 31, 2015

David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, today announced $22.1 million in additional funding for the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe for the second phase of its enhanced project involving the processing of organic matter using biomethanization. This new contribution by the Government of Quebec is in addition to the $11.4 million already provided by the Government of Canada under the Green Infrastructure Fund, and the $14.4 million invested by the Government of Quebec under its Program for processing organic matter using biomethanization and composting (PTMOBC). The maximum combined contribution for the second phase of the project now stands at almost $48 million. When making this announcement, Minister Heurtel was accompanied by Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Claude Corbeil, Mayor of St. Hyacinthe.

The revised version of this second phase of the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe’s project will allow for the annual processing of 192,850 tonnes of organic matter, 106,110 tonnes more than with the initial version of the project. The additional organic matter to be processed at the St. Hyacinthe facilities will be mostly organic residue, including fatty residue from slaughterhouses and whey from nearby dairy industries.

As part of this project, the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe has already begun operations at its organic waste reclamation centre, and has started the second phase of the construction of the biomethanization plant. The project also involves installing hydrolysers for the improved breakdown of large molecules, as well as additional digesters, pasteurization units and a biogas purification unit, and related work. With these new facilities, the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe will be able to increase its organic waste processing capacity and produce more biogas.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada has committed to investing up to $11.4 million in the second phase of the St. Hyacinthe project through the Green Infrastructure Fund.
  • The new contribution announced today brings the Government of Quebec’s investment in this project to approximately $36.5 million, including the $14.4 million already announced for the funding of the
  • The City of St. Hyacinthe will complete the funding package for this second phase of the project, the total cost of which will be almost $72 million.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to be partnering with Quebec to support this new green infrastructure in Saint-Hyacinthe. We are determined to build solid relationships with our municipal and provincial partners to contribute to the development of strong communities across the country and to improve the quality of life of all Canadians through investments in public infrastructure."

- Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"I am pleased to announce today a significant enhancement to the funding granted to the municipality of St. Hyacinthe for the second phase of its biomethanization project. In a typical year, this second phase alone will prevent the emission of over 45,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases. It will also incorporate a number of innovative green technologies used to convert the different types of organic matter into biogas and digestate. This will foster economic development, while at the same time directly contributing to the achievement of our objectives in the fight against climate change. Together, we can fight climate change so as to ensure quality of life and a healthy planet for our children. Let's do it for them!"

- David Heurtel, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change

"Saint-Hyacinthe is the first city in Quebec to produce natural gas from organic matter and use this gas to respond to its energy needs. The federal and provincial governments chose to believe in our project and have contributed to its realization by means of important financial support. This collaboration is allowing us to transform a waste management problem into an innovative, productive and sustainable solution."

- Claude Corbeil, maire de Saint-Hyacinthe

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Mylène Gaudreau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, the
Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change
Tel.: 418-521-3911

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