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Plan Nord is a comprehensive strategy for development of the vast, untapped natural resources of Northern Québec. It represents unprecedented opportunity in energy, mining and forestry and in the construction of roads and other infrastructure to support industry and to serve northern communities.

This megaproject integrates the benefits of economic growth with community development and the responsible stewardship of natural resources with a top-of-mind sustainable development plan. Plan Nord will open doors to many new employment opportunities.

The impact of Plan Nord will be enormous, representing a wide scope of opportunity that demands the broad range of legal expertise offered by Gowlings such as:

Plan Nord

  • Involves over $80 billion in investments
  • Spans a 25-year mandate from 2011
  • Covers an area of 1.2 million km2 — 72% of Québec’s land
  • Supports the development of new mines
  • Commits to the development of energy projects to meet the needs of industrial initiatives in the area
  • Supports the rapid expansion of a more innovative logging industry

The gouvernement du Québec’s first action plan under the Plan Nord, covering the period 2011 to 2016, commits to $1.625 billion over 5 years, facilitating:

  • An initial investment of $1.191 billion in infrastructure development
  • Initiatives to solicit foreign investors
  • Support for the development of an additional 3,500 MW of clean, renewable energy
  • Funding of studies necessary for projects to develop underwater generators

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