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Subsidy program to rehabilitate contaminated land

Financial assistance for Montréal landowners

This subsidy program was designed to assist owners of land with contaminated soil located within city limits (boroughs) by providing financial assistance to rehabilitate their land and carry out a project.

The program aims to create conditions that encourage investment projects in lots whose potential for development (economic, residential or institutional) is hampered by soil contamination. This financial lever for the development of Montréal land also serves to promote a stronger urban fabric.

Financial assistance can be used to rehabilitate private or municipal lots located within city limits (boroughs) only.

Two categories of projects

The program is divided into two (2) categories:

  • Private projects (industrial, commercial, institutional or residential):
    Consult the By-law for full terms and conditions.
  • Municipal projects (including municipal organizations and partners (STM, SHDM, etc.)):
    Consult the Directive for full terms and conditions.

Who does the By-law apply to?

The by-law applies exclusively to private projects. Financial assistance for private projects will be available from March 26, 2019 to December 31, 2023. It will be available to owners of private lots located within city limits, or in one of the 19 boroughs, only.

Who does the “Directive” apply to?

The directive applies exclusively to municipal projects. The directive on the financial assistance program to rehabilitate contaminated land for municipal projects and organizations differs slightly from the by-law, which applies solely to private projects.

Financial assistance for municipal projects will be available from March 26, 2019 to December 31, 2023. It will be available to owners of municipal land located within city limits, or in one of the 19 boroughs, only.

Objectives

The program aims to:

  • Rehabilitate contaminated lots located within city limits for short-term investment (industrial, commercial, residential or institutional buildings, including the education network)
  • Encourage the use of proven treatment technologies for in situ soil decontamination (soil decontamination in which the contaminated soil is treated on-site)
  • Encourage the treatment of excavated soil for recovery purposes

Sustainable development

The fund corresponds with one of the actions of Sustainable Montréal 2016-2020, namely establishing a soil decontamination program.

Land decontamination not only reduces soil pollution and purifies runoff water, but also reduces issues related to heat islands, in some cases.

The program’s targeted interventions will contribute significantly to soil rehabilitation and the implementation of various measures aimed at reducing or preventing greenhouse gas emissions.

The results will have a structuring effect by encouraging the continued development of sustainable residential and economic neighbourhoods in Montréal and supporting forward-looking projects that can serve as examples.

Submitting an application

The deadline for submitting an application is December 31, 2023.

Rehabilitation work must be completed within a maximum of 60 months from the eligibility start date. An additional 24 months may be granted for in situ decontamination with valid supporting documents.

Eligibility of private and municipal projects

To be eligible, project applications must respect the following:

Private and municipal projects

  • No cap on financial assistance except for former waste disposal sites, for which eligible project expenses cannot exceed $500,000
  • Comply with applicable Québec laws and regulations, particularly the Environment Quality Act
  • Involve the complete rehabilitation of the contaminated lot
  • Involve the use of a MELCC-approved tracing system
  • Encourage the use of in situ treatment for rehabilitation work, with some exceptions
  • Encourage the treatment of excavated soil for recovery purposes if in situ treatment is not possible, with some exceptions

Private projects

  • A structure must be planned for and built on land used for parking or when the building erected on the land was demolished before the program came into effect
  • Any structure with a residential component must either:
    • Be eligible for a subsidy under the By-law concerning subsidies for the development of non-profit cooperative housing (02-102)
    • Be covered under the city’s Strategy for the inclusion of affordable housing in new residential projects, or
    • Be eligible for Accès Condos accreditation from the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal

Municipal projects

  • There is no obligation to build on the land

Exclusions

The following project applications are not eligible:

Private and municipal projects

  • Contaminated lots where landfill, storage, collection, sorting, processing, transport and treatment operations were carried out on or after April 24, 1997, including mine tailings sites, pulp and paper waste disposal sites, dry material disposal sites, landfills, storage centres and soil, water, waste and hazardous materials treatment centres
  • Construction work which began prior to the date the subsidy application was submitted
  • Contaminated lots:
    • Whose owner emitted, deposited, produced or released, in whole or in part, a contaminant under section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r.37) or allowed a contaminant to be emitted, deposited, produced or released prior to the date the application was submitted
    • Which have been owned, rented or under the control of someone who has emitted, deposited, produced or released, in whole or in part, a contaminant under section 1 of the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r.37) or who has allowed a contaminant to be emitted, deposited, produced or released since January 1, 2015

Private projects

  • A contaminated lot whose owner is listed in the RENA
  • Eligible work that is already receiving another municipal subsidy

Financial assistance: eligible expenses and work

All municipal and private projects are subject to the same subsidy rates and types of eligible work established in the agreement.

Financial assistance is provided in the form of subsidies equal to 15 to 70 per cent of eligible project expenses, depending on the type of decontamination technology used.

The rates below are not exhaustive and are only examples.

  • Off-site transport and disposal = 15 per cent
  • On-site treatment or transport and treatment at an authorized site = 50 per cent
  • In situ treatment = 70 per cent

In all cases, the sum of the municipal subsidy and federal and provincial assistance must not exceed 75 per cent of eligible decontamination project expenses.

Submitting an application for a private project

Forms and other documents related to the program will be added soon.

Submitting an application for a municipal project

Forms and other documents related to the program will be added soon.

For more information or to find out how to apply to the city’s rehabilitation program for contaminated land, contact us at rehabilitation.terrains.contamines@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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