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Climate change in Quebec : an invoice of$ 2 billion in order


Charles Mathieu

March 21, 2019 13:30

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Two billion dollars (G$). It is the fear of having to pay the ten largest cities in Québec in five years, to adapt to climate change.

If we take the cost for all of the municipalities of Québec, the bill is double, ” says l’Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ). We find this information in a study that it has commissioned the Groupe AGÉCO and Ouranos.

“There is an urgency to act ! ”

Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, chairman of the Caucus of the great cities of the UMQ and mayor of Gatineau, says that the municipalities are the first to feel the effects on their territories and the first to respond to the needs of their population on the subject.

“For the first time in Canada, a serious study and independent draws up an accurate picture of the situation of some municipalities as to their resilience and cost that produces their adaptation to climate change. There is therefore an urgent need to act. This study will allow us to plan more strategically our measures of resilience. “

A one-stop shop asked

Alexandre Cusson, president of the UMQ and mayor of Drummondville, believes that the municipalities, regardless of their size, do not always have the capacity to finance this kind of projects.

“As the study finds, the use of existing financing programmes are often inadequate and difficult to access. It would be appropriate to evaluate the options to correct the situation. For example, establishing a one-stop shop for the programmes related to climate resilience. Or, by setting up a table for direct dialogue between the governments of proximity and the federal government. It could also facilitate the relationship between the federal and provincial governments in the administration of the funds, ” he says.

Four variables measured

The study of the UMQ has taken into account four variables to measure the costs incurred by adaptation to climate change :

  • The supply of drinking water and management of water intakes ;
  • The capacity of sewer systems and water treatment ;
  • The development of green infrastructure ;
  • The pavement rehabilitation and construction.

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