75 million to decontaminate land in Montreal

Photo: Ryan Remiorz Archives The canadian Press
The mayor Valerie Plant, and the minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, presented Tuesday the details of the programme for the rehabilitation of contaminated land.

In the meantime the $ 200 million promised by the Coalition avenir Québec, for the decontamination of land in the east of Montreal, in the amount of $ 75 million will be available by 2023 for the rehabilitation of municipal and private terrains in the montreal area. This program, the terms of which were unveiled on Tuesday, will apply to owners who build social and affordable housing.

It is the ex-liberal government that, in march 2018, was announced the awarding of $ 75 million for the rehabilitation of contaminated land. Launched on Tuesday, this programme is intended for private projects, be they institutional, commercial, residential or institutional, and municipal land.

The subsidies offered will represent from 15 to 70% of eligible expenses depending on the type of technology chosen for the decontamination, in-situ operations is likely to receive a higher level of funding.

Montreal has not fixed a ceiling for these grants, with the exception of the land having previously been occupied by dumps, who will be able to obtain assistance exceeding $ 500,000. With regard to construction projects in the residential sector, only those with social housing or affordable will be eligible.

The City hopes to spur economic development and provide a lever to encourage investments in the montreal area. The program could be used for parks or schools, ” said mayor Valerie Plant.

The minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, was at the side of the mayor Plant Tuesday at city hall to present the details of the program. It has, however, explained that he will have to wait before knowing the terms and conditions of the program of $ 200 million promised by the CAQ and is intended specifically in the east of Montreal, which corresponds to the territory located between the Pie-IX boulevard and the point of the island of Montreal.

The City has also launched a programme called ” industrial Buildings and sustainable development “, which will have a budget of 42.6 million. It will support businesses in the construction and / or renovation of buildings according to the requirements of green technologies. The grants shall correspond to 100 % of the increase in property taxes for the first three years, 80 % for the 4th year and 60 % for the 5th year.

The leader of the opposition, Lionel Perez, considers that the grant of 75 million, which had already been announced by Quebec, do not allow decontamination of a lot of land. “These are new and which are recycled,” he commented. “You know that with $ 75 million, you can’t go very far. “

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