January 14, 2019

Varennes, Saint-Fulgence, Saint-Siméon, Saint-Charles, Maniwaki, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Carleton-sur-Mer, Saint-Constant, Mercier and the Pontiac Regional County Municipality, Quebec
SAUVéR-SSÉ: electric car-share program and electric service stations
Transportation
MCIP grant: $750,000

Varennes, Saint-Fulgence, Saint-Siméon, Saint-Charles, Maniwaki, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Carleton-sur-Mer, Saint-Constant, Mercier and Pontiac Regional County Municipality, are carrying out a project that aims to reduce GHG emissions by introducing electric car-share vehicles into municipal fleets as well as establishing electric service stations. Municipal employees will reserve and use the electric vehicles for their needs during work hours and, when not in use by municipal employees, the electric vehicles will be made available to external users in the community.

The ultimate goal of the project is to establish a functional base for a green electric route in Quebec that will demonstrate the benefits of electric cars and car-sharing to the public. This innovative project will support rural development in Quebec and the green route could even become a tourist attraction.

The project consists of acquiring 10 electric vehicles (1 per municipality) and implementing the car-sharing management system; installing charging terminals; designing and building electric service stations that can evolve and adapt over the long term according to the needs of municipalities and implementing car-sharing in the community.

Innovative aspect

  • Establishing "HUB" electric service stations in each municipality will create a green route where the SAUVéR  electric vehicles will be available for car-share and where all electric vehicles can be charged at multiple stations and therefore travel longer distances.

Environmental benefit

  • The project will reduce GHG emissions.

Economic benefits

  • The use of electric vehicles and car sharing will reduce transportation and fuel costs.
  • The project will optimize the use of municipal vehicles.

Social benefit

  • Communities will have access to a car-sharing service in an area with little or no public transportation or taxis.

City of Rivière-du-Loup, QC
Rehabilitation of Saint-Pierre Street from Sainte-Anne Street to Fraserville Street
Water
MCIP grant: $750,000

The City of Rivière-du-Loup, QC, will carry out a climate adaptation capital project to reduce the impacts of extreme rainfall events on one of the busiest streets of the city. This project consists of the rehabilitation of sewer and water supply services for residences, institutions, and businesses on Saint-Pierre Street.

The low capacity of the current network, coupled with more intense storm events related to climate change, increases the number of sewer overflows into the natural environment, mainly the St. Lawrence River.

This project will reduce the vulnerability of the sewer system and increase its resilience to climate change. The new storm sewer will relieve the wastewater treatment unit and reduce the number of overflows. The design of storm sewer components is aligned with the stormwater management guide requirements and based on a model of the flows during extreme rainfall events. The city will also use the opportunity of this major project to address other issues we well, such as traffic fluidity and user safety.

Innovative aspects

  • The construction of retention ponds will reduce the load of suspended solids and hydrocarbon pollutants in urban runoff water.
  • The installation of concrete gutters and new sumps will reduce the occurrence of cracks in the pavement caused by runoff.

Environmental benefit

  • The construction of a storm sewer, storm retention ponds, gutters and new sumps will make the infrastructure more resilient to climate change.

Economic benefit

  • Retention ponds will cost less than installing larger-diameter pipes.

Social benefit

  • The project will improve user safety and reduce the risk of floods and infrastructure damage.
Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Climate change
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