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81 APPENDIX F Quebec Province Assistance Program Aiming to Reduce or Avoid Greenhouse Gas Emissions The program began on October 1, 2007, and will run until · Track construction and preliminary/preparatory works; 2013. The aim of the program is to reduce or avoid greenhouse · Construction, development, or improvement of build- gas (GHG) emissions generated by freight transportation. The ings, areas, or tanks intended for the handling or storage program has two components: of cargo; · Acquisition and installation of handling equipment; · Component A: Projects with infrastructure expenditure; and · Construction, development, or improvement of piers; · Component B: Projects without infrastructure expenditure. · Rehabilitation of transport infrastructures; · Lease, purchase, or improvement of rail, marine, or inter- The same project can not receive assistance from both modal transportation material and equipment; Components A and B. · ISO 14064 certification fees. Any project is eligible if it aims to reduce or avoid GHG emissions through the improved integration of transporta- The purchase of land is not eligible. tion modes or the use of rail or marine transportation. Com- The financial contribution is set at a maximum of $500 per panies, municipal organizations, and other legally constituted ton of GHG emissions reduced or avoided for the project as organizations with a place of business in Quebec are eligible. a whole. The financial contribution cannot exceed 50% of The applicant must validate the reduction or the avoid- eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $6 million per project. ance of GHG emissions at the time of application through The proponent's financial contribution must correspond to a Canadian Standards Association-recognized organization for at least 33% of eligible expenses associated with the project. the application of ISO 14064 Standard (guidelines for organi- The financial contribution is paid in three installments: zations regarding quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals). Projects are evaluated according to the following criteria: 1. The first third of the contribution is paid upon produc- tion of the supporting documentation for the eligible · Impact on the tonnage of GHG emissions reduced or expenses. avoided during the project period; 2. The second third is paid after the first year of operation, · The project's long-term viability (potential for reducing following submission of a report certifying the tonnage of GHG emissions beyond the 20062012 action plan on GHG emissions reduced or avoided. The program reserves climate change reference period); the right to reduce its contribution to the project if the GHG · The project's economic spin-offs; emissions reduced or avoided do not meet the goals set at · Environmental, economic, and social co-benefits (reduction the project's outset. in atmospheric pollutants, decrease in road maintenance 3. The balance of the contribution is paid when a final report costs, road safety, etc.); is submitted certifying the tonnage of GHG emissions · Possibility of other viable transport alternatives; reduced or avoided after the first three years of project oper- · Complementarity with other transportation modes. ation, or before the end of the fifth year. The Quebec Min- istry of Transport will adjust its contribution in line with the quantity of GHG emissions reduced or avoided. Projects with Infrastructure Expenditure The Ministry of Transport, Québec (MTQ), may increase The financial aid takes the form of a grant. Projects are its contribution if the targets set at the outset are exceeded admissible at all times. Eligible expenses include: and there is room in the budget.
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82 If the project receives financial contributions from other The financial contribution is set at a maximum of $250 per Government of Québec departments and agencies in relation to ton of GHG emissions reduced or avoided for the project as the project's eligible expenses, these amounts will be deducted a whole. The financial contribution cannot exceed $3 million from the program's contribution. per project. One-fifth of the financial contribution is paid If the project receives a financial contribution from the after each year of operation over a five-year period following Government of Canada in relation to eligible expenses, the submission of a report certifying the tonnage of GHG emis- MTQ reserves the right to adjust the program's contribution. sions reduced. The MTQ reserves the right to reduce its con- tribution to the project if the quantity of GHG emissions reduced or avoided does not meet the goals set at the project's Projects without outset. The balance of the contribution is paid when the final Infrastructure Expenditure report is submitted certifying the tonnage of GHG emissions An applicant can obtain financial aid if s/he implements reduced at the end of the fifth year of operation. The program a transportation solution allowing for GHG emissions to be will adjust its contribution in line with the quantity of GHG reduced or avoided, even if the applicant does not invest in emissions actually reduced or avoided. infrastructure. Dry and liquid bulk freight projects aiming to If the project receives a financial contribution in relation avoid GHG emissions are not eligible. Eligible projects must to eligible expenses from other Government of Québec depart- be received by the program before March 31 and September 30 ments or agencies or from the Government of Canada, the of each year. program reserves the right to adjust its contribution.