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Natural Resources Canada
2010/38
June 18, 2010

Canada’s Economic Action Plan: Clean Energy Technology Gets Boost in Quebec City


QUEBEC CITY — Integrated community energy systems are gaining momentum in Canada with the launch of a new project in Quebec City. The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Quebec Region, today announced that La Cité, Quebec’s Biomass–based Urban Central Heating Demonstration Project will receive up to $4.7 million through the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. Minister Verner was joined by Jean Morency, SSQ Immobilier’s CEO, to announce the community clean energy demonstration project.

“Our approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions includes significant investments in clean energy technologies,” said Minister Verner. “Our government is investing in Quebec’s Biomass-based Urban Central Heating Demonstration Project with several partners to encourage innovation and help create jobs for Quebecers.”

Quebec City’s Biomass-based Urban Central Heating Demonstration Project will bring La Cité Verte, a unique environmental community, to reality. This project will help to install biomass based district heating systems in this community. It will also support the management of renewable energy and water consumption while utilizing energy efficient design for building and community energy systems.

“By announcing this investment in La Cité Verte, the Government of Canada is demonstrating the cutting-edge vision of Canadian society toward sustainable development. La Cité Verte is a flagship project for the design and execution of future real estate projects in Canada,” said SSQ Immobilier’s CEO, Mr. Jean Morency.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing $795 million in clean energy technology development and demonstration over five years. The Government of Canada’s support will help launch close to 20 projects under the renewable and clean energy portion of the Clean Energy Fund, totalling up to $146 million. Three carbon capture and storage projects have also been announced, totalling $466 million from the fund.


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The Government of Canada is investing up to $4.7 million through the Clean Energy Fund for Quebec’s Biomass–based Urban Central Heating Demonstration Project at La Cité Verte.

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