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Residual materials management in Northern Québec

Northern Québec is a vast area in which the management of residual materials involves complex and major challenges for environmental quality and the health of residents. Residual materials management in Northern communities without road access requires an approach that is different from what is recommended in the South. The distinctive characteristics of this area, including long distances, available means of transportation, economic and political structures and the social and cultural context must all be considered when seeking viable solutions to local issues.

Current Profile

Action 37 of the Québec Residual Materials Management Policy—2011–2015 Action Plan aims to acquire residual materials management knowledge  for this area of Québec. The Ministère mandated the Chaire en éco-conseil de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) to prepare a general overview of the situation, in order to compile data to improve the understanding of the current situation, offer tools to the local and regional planners to improve how they manage residual materials and prioritize potential solutions for Northern Québec.

Gestion des matières résiduelles en territoire nordique : Portrait de la situation (French, PDF, 5.8 MB)

This overview led to a second report by the UQAC Chaire en éco-conseil. The report, along with its appendices, offers potential solutions for improving residual materials planning and disposal methods, in addition to looking toward the recovery, transportation and reclamation of residual materials generated in Northern Québec.

Gestion des matières résiduelles en territoire nordique : rapport final (final report) (French, PDF, 1.9 MB)

  • Appendix 2: Rapport d’expérimentation sur les matières recyclables (experiments with recyclables) (French, PDF, 672 KB)
  • Appendix 3: Rapport sur les rencontres avec les fournisseurs (supplier meetings) (French, PDF, 1.8 MB)
  • Appendix 4: Rapport sur les visites des communautés (community visits) (French, PDF, 6.9 MB)
  • Appendix 5: Waste management toolboxes (PDF, 3.7 MB)
  • Webinar: Gestion des matières résiduelles en milieu nordique et isolé du Québec : contexte, constats et recommandations (Waste management in Northern Québec and isolated communities: background, findings and recommendations (PDF, 4.5 MB)


Action 25 of the 2015 Action Plan – Québec Residual Materials Management Policy provides financial support for the management of residual materials in Northern Québec.


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