David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, announced $22.1 million in additional funding for the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe for the second phase of its enhanced project involving the processing of organic matter using biomethanization. This new contribution by the Government of Quebec is in addition to the $11.4 million already provided by the Government of Canada under the Green Infrastructure Fund, and the $14.4 million invested by the Government of Quebec under its Program for processing organic matter using biomethanization and composting (PTMOBC). The maximum combined contribution for the second phase of the project now stands at almost $48 million. When making this announcement, Minister Heurtel was accompanied by Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Claude Corbeil, Mayor of St. Hyacinthe.
The revised version of this second phase of the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe's project will allow for the annual processing of 192,850 tonnes of organic matter, 106,110 tonnes more than with the initial version of the project. The additional organic matter to be processed at the St. Hyacinthe facilities will be mostly organic residue, including fatty residue from slaughterhouses and whey from nearby dairy industries.
As part of this project, the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe has already begun operations at its organic waste reclamation centre, and has started the second phase of the construction of the biomethanization plant. The project also involves installing hydrolysers for the improved breakdown of large molecules, as well as additional digesters, pasteurization units and a biogas purification unit, and related work. With these new facilities, the Municipality of St. Hyacinthe will be able to increase its organic waste processing capacity and produce more biogas.
- The Government of Canada has committed to investing up to $11.4 million in the second phase of the St. Hyacinthe project through the Green Infrastructure Fund.
- The new contribution announced brings the Government of Quebec's investment in this project to approximately $36.5 million, including the $14.4 million already announced for the funding of the
- The City of St. Hyacinthe will complete the funding package for this second phase of the project, the total cost of which will be almost $72 million.