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ClimatSol-Plus program

Documentation

Part 1:

Part 2:

Request for Proposals (RFP):

Important: The ClimatSol-Plus normative frameworks have been modified in order to add the need to incorporate a traceability system for contaminated soil displacement, solutions to some application issues raised by clients and the Environment Quality Act modernization context. In addition, the maximum funding ceiling was raised from $1 million to $5 million per municipality.

The ClimatSol-Plus program provides strong support for the implementation of the Soil Protection and Rehabilitation of Contaminated Sites Policy and the achievement of its action measures. This approach confers undeniable economic and environmental advantages. In implementing ClimatSol-Plus, Québec ensures ongoing funding for the rehabilitation of contaminated land consistent with the pursuit of work accomplished by Revi-Sols and ClimatSol. Climat-Sol Plus is intended for use by:

  • Municipalities
  • Private landowners who are not responsible for the contamination of their land

In this way, the Government of Québec furthers its already well-established partnership with municipalities, who are significant allies in efforts to reach Québec’s objectives in the areas of greenhouse gas emission reduction and adaptation to the consequences of climate change. There are two component parts to ClimatSol-Plus. Part 1 sets specific objectives in the fight against climate change, while Part 2 targets rehabilitating land with major economic potential and making it more attractive to eventual developers.

The component parts of the new program are as follows:

  • Part 1:
  • Part 2:
    • A budget of 25 million dollars over 5 years
    • Financed by additional credits granted to the Ministère

ClimatSol-Plus no longer applies to projects on the territory of the Ville de Montréal, nor in the Pointe-aux-Lièvres and D’Estimauville ecological districts of the Ville de Québec. Agreements have been signed with these cities, enabling them to directly administer funding for contaminated lands in the areas at issue. Please call the Ville de Montréal at 514-872-7802, send an email to affaires@ville.montreal.qc.ca or contact the Ville de Québec for details on the respective agreements.

Program information: 


Objectives

ClimatSol-Plus aims at giving contaminated land a second life by means of government funding. More particularly, the program seeks to energize existing urban environments through the use of best land development practices. All submitted projects must contribute to local sustainable development initiatives, and to the following objectives:

Part 1:

  • Rehabilitate contaminated lands
  • Implement measures to reduce heat islands
  • Create conditions that are favourable to population intensification in areas within the urbanization perimeter
  • Incorporate green building (energy efficiency) technologies into investment projects
  • Foster the use of on-site and off-site soil decontamination treatment.

Part 2:

  • Rehabilitate contaminated lands with strong economic development potential
  • Create conditions that are favourable to population intensification in areas within the urbanization perimeter. By reusing urban lands, transportation needs can be reduced, which helps reach climate change goals
  • Foster the use of proven soil decontamination treatment technologies.

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Clientele eligibility

Municipal applicants: municipalities, metropolitan communities, unorganized territories, regional county municipalities (RCM), inter-municipal authorities, and corporate bodies and organizations that have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • The majority of the applicant’s members are appointed by one or more municipal bodies
  • More than half of the applicant’s funding comes from one or more municipal bodies.

Municipal applicants that failed to meet their obligations under funding provided by the Ministère within the two years that preceded the application, after having received formal notification of the breach, are ineligible.  

Private applicants: natural person or private corporation owners of land that can be rehabilitated and meet the following conditions:

  • Applicant has not emitted, deposited, released or discharged, in whole or in part, contaminants as understood in section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation (CQLR c Q-2, r 37), or has not permitted samesuch on their land prior to the date of application
  • Applicant has not, since January 1, 2015, in whole or in part, emitted, deposited, released or discharged contaminants onto their land as understood in section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation, or authorized such release, deposit, generation or discharge and was neither the owner, lessee or custodian of the land.

Private applicants in one of the following situations are ineligible:

  • Are listed in the Registre des entreprises non admissibles aux contrats publics (RENA)
  • Have failed to meet their obligations under funding provided by the Ministère within the two years that preceded the application, after having received formal notification of the breach

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Project eligibility

To qualify, projects must be located within an RCM urbanization perimeter, target reclamation of land whose level of contamination exceeds usage criteria or the maximum regulatory values set out in the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation, foster the use of on-site treatment during rehabilitation work and the treatment of excavated soil for reclamation, use a traceability system for monitoring contaminated soil moved out of the original location, as well as the following:

Part 1:

  • Enable future work on rehabilitated land that enables it to be put to use. This may involve construction, major renovation or enlargement of a building, plant or facility, the goal being to restore or repurpose the land’s function. Residential, industrial, commercial or institutional construction and the development of public service spaces and/or infrastructure must be in line with a local sustainable development strategy
  • Comply with measures to fight climate change and reduce heat islands

Part 2:

  • Support a commercial or industrial activity. Other uses may be deemed eligible only if they serve the common good. Applicants for a collective project must demonstrate how the project will contribute to local economic development
  • Support an investment project or, if not,  submit documentation that justifies the strategic nature of the land for the materialization of local urban planning or a document that lays out the economic development strategy for renovation or rehabilitation that was adopted by the municipality for the parcel of land at issue

Project eligibility will be checked by the Ministère. Eligible projects need to have been already accepted by the relevant municipality.

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Funding granted under the program

Part 1 – Funding shall be awarded as follows:

  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling contaminated soil for treatment by proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 70% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister,
      And
    • On-site treatment of subsurface water using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
    • 70% of the costs required by the traceability system for monitoring the displacement of contaminated soil (maximum eligible cost of $1/mt)
  • 50% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site or off-site treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein
      And
    • On-site or off-site water treatment
However, for collective projects as defined in section 5 of the normative framework, the proportion shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling excavated contaminated soil to the reclamation site. The cost of hauling is only funding-eligible for soil that meets usage criteria or complies with maximum pre-excavation regulatory values, or that exceeds these figures but has already been treated. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs for hauling off-site and disposal of metal-contaminated soil that fails to meet usage criteria or does not comply with maximum regulatory values and for which no treatment technology has been authorized by the Minister
  • 15% of all eligible costs for hauling off-site and disposal of contaminated soil in cases where the level of contamination fails to meet usage criteria or maximum regulatory values
  • 50% of all eligible costs of supporting material that enables vegetation to sustainably colonize outside walls, to a maximum of $10,000. However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, the proportion shall be 70%
  • 50% of all eligible costs of components needed for the installation of sustainable plant rooftops, to a maximum of $50,000. However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, this proportion shall be 70%
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and reclamation1 of residual materials excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and disposal of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil
  • 30% of input costs for the treatment of contaminated soil required when recycling, reuse or reclamation are not used
  • 50% of all other eligible costs

Part 2 – Funding shall be awarded as follows:

  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling contaminated soil for treatment by proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
  • 70% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
      And
    • On-site treatment of subsurface water using proven technologies that have been authorized by the Minister
    • 70% of the costs required by the traceability system for monitoring the displacement of contaminated soil (maximum eligible cost of $1/mt)
  • 50% of all eligible costs for:
    • On-site or off-site treatment of contaminated soil and materials mixed therein
      And
    • On-site or off-site water treatment
However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, the proportion shall be 70%.
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to hauling excavated contaminated soil to the reclamation site. The cost of hauling is only funding-eligible for soil that meets usage criteria or complies with maximum pre-excavation regulatory values or that exceeds these figures but has already been treated. The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs for hauling off-site and disposal of metal-contaminated soil that fails to meet usage criteria or does not comply with maximum regulatory values and for which no treatment technology has been authorized by the Ministère
  • 15% of all eligible costs for hauling off-site and the disposal of contaminated soil in cases where the level of contamination fails to meet usage criteria or maximum regulatory values
  • 50% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and reclamation1 of residual materials excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil The reclamation options must be approved by the Minister
  • 30% of all eligible costs related to the hauling and disposal of residual materials that are excavated and segregated when mixed with contaminated soil
  • 30% of input costs for the treatment of contaminated soil required when recycling, reuse or reclamation are not used
  • 50% of all eligible costs of supporting material that enables vegetation to sustainably colonize outside walls, to a maximum of $10,000. However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, the proportion shall be 70%
  • 50% of all eligible costs of components needed for the installation of sustainable plant rooftops, to a maximum of $50,000. However, for collective projects as defined in section 5, this proportion shall be 70%
  • 50% of all other eligible costs

For the duration of the program, combined project funding applications for both parts of ClimatSol Plus shall not exceed a budget of five million dollars. Municipalities shall therefore be in a position to choose to apply for a greater number of smaller projects or a lesser number of larger projects.

(1) Subsidized reclamation options exclude residual materials used as daily cover at landfills managed under the Regulation respecting the landfilling and incineration of residual materials.

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Applying for funding

To obtain funding under the ClimatSol-Plus program, individual applicants must:

  • Fill out the appropriate application (part 1 or 2) (see “Documentation” below)
  • Meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the applicable normative framework (part 1 or 2) (see “Documentation” below)
  • Submit the fully executed and signed application in triplicate to the municipality in question, along with the additional documents required under the normative framework

All applications for funding must be forwarded to the ministry by the municipality.

The next ClimatSol deadlines are as follows:

  • September 28, 2018
  • February 8, 2019
  • June 7, 2019
  • October 4, 2019

Applications must be received by the ministry no later than 4 p.m. (local time) at the following address:

Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Pôle d’expertise régionale – Secteur industriel
201, place Charles-Le Moyne, 2e étage
Longueuil (Québec)  J4K 2T5

Applications received after 4 p.m. on a given deadline date will be considered for the following deadline.

Since applications must be checked and approved at the municipal level, we recommend contacting your municipality to find out when to submit your application in order to meet the next ClimatSol program deadline.

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Requests for Proposals (RFP)

All contracts awarded for eligible work, independent of monetary amount, are subject to a Request for Proposals (RFP).

Minimal Request for Proposals (RFP) document content and terms and conditions are enumerated in section 14.1 of the normative framework parts 1 and 2.

Whether a Request for Proposals (RFP) is by direct written invitation (less than $100,000) or by public tender (greater than $100 000), the documents provided to applicants are required to provide the following information:

  • A full description of the purpose of the contract
  • The nature and amount of any required submission and execution guaranties
  • All terms and conditions with which applicants must comply
  • A price schedule (to be filled out) that describes the tasks to be accomplished, including the estimated volumes of soil and water to be processed
  • The location for receiving submissions as well as the deadline date and time
  • The date, time and location of the public opening of submissions
  • The rules that will pertain regarding the analysis of offers and in particular, the evaluation requirements and criteria that will be used
  • The allotted time period for offer validity
  • A statement indicating the possibility that no offer may be accepted by the RFP calling party

The deadline for receiving offers must be no less than 15 days from the day when a Request for Proposals is mailed or published.

The lowest bidder that complies with the requirements of the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the terms and conditions enumerated in section 14.1 shall be chosen by the calling party.

The public Request for Proposal and Price schedule templates can be found in the Documentation section.

We recommend the use of these templates. However, individual applicants may choose to use their own versions as long as they meet the requirements of the program.

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Documentation

Part 1:

Part 2:

Request for Proposals (RFP):

* The update of the tendering forms is forthcoming. Note that the program criteria described in the normative frameworks must be taken into account in the development of a project.

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Requests for information

For additional information, please contact the Secrétariat du Pôle d’expertise régionale du secteur industriel:

Email: climatsol-plus@environnement.gouv.qc.ca

Telephone: 450 928-7607, ext. 361

Address: 
201, place Charles-Le Moyne, 2e étage
Longueuil (Québec)  J4K 2T5


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