The government of Québec launched on April 8, 2015 its
new version of the Plan Nord by presenting the "Plan Nord
toward 2035, the 2015-2020 Action Plan".
This new version pursues the main objective of the first version
of the Plan Nord, launched in 2011 by the Prime Minister of the
time, Mr. Jean Charest: the economic and social development of
Québec's territory north of the 49th parallel
by the exploitation of natural resources, in accordance with the
principles of sustainable development.
This main objective is now structured around three key strategic
develop the diversified economic potential of northern
Québec in a responsible way and for the benefit of the
population living there and Québec as a whole;
support the development of all communities in the area covered
by the Plan Nord, by helping them realize their full potential and
enhancing their living conditions;
protect the environment and preserve the distinctive
biodiversity of northern Québec by ensuring that mechanisms
are put in place to dedicate 50% of the area covered by the Plan
Nord, by 2035, to non-industrial purposes, protection of the
environment and the safeguarding of biodiversity.
In the context of the implementation of its policy framework for
the Plan Nord, the government undertakes to respect the following
four basic principles:
a planned, coordinated project based on partnership,
private-sector investment and support for communities, in
particular through the creation of the Société du
a focus on sustainable development that integrates the
economic, social and environmental dimensions;
government actions adapted to the realities of local and
aboriginal communities and to northern areas in general;
a harmonious and ethical approach to development that remains
respectful of aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities and
consistent with equality between men and women.
Just like the Plan Nord of 2011, this new version of the Plan
Nord envisions the implementation of governmental policies for the
Plan Nord in five-year plans. The first of these is the
"2015-2020 Action Plan" and sets forth the following
re-establish a context conducive to mineral development based
on a wide range of resources;
diversify and promote products from the forest environment and
implement integrated forest management methods;
continue to develop the North's energy potential;
increase the socio-economic benefits of wildlife activities
while ensuring the long-term viability of the resource;
promote tourism development by highlighting the area's
design and implement a sustainable northern bio-food model
based on potential in the area.
The five-year plan will be implemented by the
Société du Plan Nord, a state-owned enterprise newly
incorporated as of April 1, 2015 under its incorporating statute
entitled An Act respecting the Société du Plan
The Société du Plan Nord will be financed by the
Northern Plan Fund, established in 2011, with an estimated budget
of 356.7 million dollars for the 2015-2020 period. Taking into
account the contributions from other ministries and public
organizations, as well as from private partners, the government
estimates that 1.34 billion dollars will be invested in Plan Nord
projects for the 2015-2020 period.
The launching of the Plan Nord follows the tabling of the budget
and the announcement of the 2015-2025 Québec Infrastructure
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