$5M for the industrial-port park

The project aims to provide the area IPs, located at the Port of Saguenay, service infrastructure, such as access roads and water service. It totals $15 million.

This was announced during the regular meeting of the municipal council held Tuesday noon.

The development of municipal services in the industrial-port zone will add to its attractiveness, while facilitating the realization of large-scale projectscommented, in a press release, the President and CEO of the Port of Saguenay, Carl Laberge.

He is delighted with the city’s commitment, which sends a positive signal to economic stakeholders and to the two levels of government to invest in turn.

The Port of Saguenay and its industrial-port zone have unique assets for hosting world-class projects in emerging sectors such as strategic metals, green energies and batteries, for example.he continued.

A man in a blue shirt smiles in an office.

The President and CEO of the Port of Saguenay, Carl Laberge

Photo: Radio-Canada / Pascal Girard

Recall that Quebec and Ottawa had announced an investment of $66 million in August 2021 for the construction of an electric conveyor to transport goods to warehouses, and vice versa.

The Port of Saguenay is constantly working to attract projects. One of them has already received all government authorizations, but has not gone ahead, namely BlackRock Metals.

This project is currently in financial restructuring, while the company has placed itself under the protection of the courts. It aims to operate an iron, vanadium and titanium mine southeast of Chibougamau as well as an ore processing plant at the port of Grande-Anse.

It is also at the Port of Saguenay that the LNG Quebec natural gas liquefaction plant project was planned, before being rejected by Quebec and Ottawa. It is still relevant as two candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (PCC) want to bring it back to the fore, as promised by the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime.

Money for industrial parks

Saguenay also announced $4.3 million for the development of the Chicoutimi industrial park. A sum of $100,000 has also been confirmed for improvements in the development of a sustainable industrial zone at the Jonquière industrial park.

The City must do everything possible to promote the establishment of businesses here. These investments of $9.4 million in our industrial parks and our industrial-port zone are a strong signal of our commitment to facilitating economic development in Saguenay.commented the mayoress of Saguenay, Julie Dufour.

An industrial park sign.

About forty companies are participating in a sustainable zone pilot project launched in the Jonquière industrial park.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Myriam Gauthier

A surplus of $3.6 million

The 2021 consolidated financial report, with an operating surplus of more than $3.6 million, was adopted by elected officials. This amount was transferred in part to various projects, including a total of $330,000 for the renovation of the Kénogami Curling Club.

An amount of up to $400,000 has been granted for the construction of a reception pavilion giving access to the bike paths of the Boisé Panoramique. A total of $1.3 million was also allocated to financial reserves.

Bermuda shorts allowed for employees

In addition, Saguenay employees will now be able to wear Bermuda shorts, a garment that was previously prohibited at work by the City.

The elected officials adopted Tuesday noon the new clothing policy of the municipality which now allows the wearing of clothing at mid-thigh.

City employees and a city van.

Saguenay employees will have more latitude for their clothing.

Photo: Radio-Canada

We adjusted. This policy was reviewed with the unions, with the employees. Indeed, we are in 2022. We have modernized in this policy which dated from 2011, which was redesigned in 2015, but not retouched afterwards.said City Councilor Martin Harvey.

Municipal employees who have violent tattoos will have to hide them according to the new clothing policy.

With information from Priscilla Plamondon Lalancette


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