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Bottled water (30 seconds)

Each year, in Quebec, nearly 1 billion – 500 ml bottles of water are sold.

Junk Food (30 seconds)

Junk food is hazardous for your health.

(In French) Loi sur les mines

Les compagnies minières ont extrait pas moins de 17 milliards de dollars.

(In French) Médicaments génériques

Québec paie trop cher ses médicaments génériques.

(In French) Mines abandonnées

Au Québec, Il existe plus de 400 sites contaminés

(In French) Construction des routes

La construction d’un kilomètre de route coûte plus cher au Québec.

(In French) Exportation d’eau douce

L'exportation d’eau douce pourrait engendrer des revenus de dizaines de milliards par année.

Bottled water

Each year, in Quebec, nearly 1 billion – 500 ml bottles of water are sold.

Precedent  Suivant

Evaluation : 84%

The very many manufacturing companies in Quebec consume 46% of all the water used in the province, and they pay no tax on it.

The large number of manufacturing companies in Quebec use a phenomenal amount of water, drawing it directly from rivers, lakes or groundwater or, alternatively, public distribution networks.

According to the Ministère du Développement durable, l’Environnement and Parcs (Department of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks), these companies consume 46% of all the water used in Quebec, or almost as much as all municipalities combined.(1) Right now, they pay no tax on it, unlike their counterparts in Ontario or Saskatchewan

Based on the latest data available, the tax in Ontario is around $3.71 per 1,000 cubic metres.2 In Saskatchewan, the rate is $14.78 and, in France, it is 27.94 euros ($43.35).

Using existing data(2-6) on overall estimated water consumption by type of industry, various scenarios have been developed that incorporate a charge for using water in Quebec. The objective of the various models was to introduce an incremental tax which would take into account the volume used (in thousands of cubic metres), the water source (surface, underground, municipal network), the price elsewhere and the sensitivity or fragility of the sectors with regard to market conditions, particularly in the area of production costs.

For calculation purposes, companies were divided into various categories: those using very large volumes of water (over 500 million cubic metres), those using 100 to 500 million cubic metres and those using less than 100 million cubic metres.

The various scenarios were designed so that such a charge would not adversely affect the economy, cause company closures or loss of jobs, nor encourage some companies wishing to avoid the tax to locate elsewhere or decide to shift over to municipal systems.* The scenarios were developed for the sole purpose of estimating the revenue that could be generated if such a charge was implemented.

Based on these economic assumptions, if the government introduced a policy of charging industrial companies (the large consumers) for their water use, this measure could generate an additional $78 million per year.

Taxing companies with high water consumption levels could generate revenue of $78 million per year.

* Companies currently using groundwater that decide to circumvent the law if a tax is introduced and draw their supplies directly from a municipal aqueduct network (since the rate would be lower or even non-existent if it was not metered).


1- Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs. La gestion de l’eau au Québec : document de consultation publique.

2- Water conservation charges proposal. Toronto : Ontario Ministry of Environment, 2007.

3- Saskatchewan watershed authority regulations, R.R.S. c. F-35.03 Reg 1 (2009).

4- Agence de l’eau Adour-Garonne, France.

5- Utilisation industrielle de l’eau, 2005. Ottawa : Statistique Canada, 2008.

6- Ventes manufacturières, par sous-secteur, par province et territoire. Ottawa : Statistique Canada.



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(In French) Pétition – Eau dans les procédés industriels

This petition is drafted in French but, if you understand the meaning of the statement and agree with it, complete the form and add your name to the list.

Considérant que les entreprises manufacturières québécoises utilisent 46 46 % de notre eau;

Considérant que, actuellement, les entreprises manufacturières québécoises ne paient actuellement aucune redevance, comme c’est le cas, entre autres, en Ontario ou en Saskatchewan;

Considérant que si le gouvernement mettait en place une politique de redevance sur l’eau pour les entreprises du secteur industriel – les grandes consommatrices d’eau – cette redevance pourrait générer des revenus additionnels de l’ordre de 78 millions de dollars par année;

C’est pourquoi le (s) soussigné(s) demande(nt) à l’Assemblée nationale de bien vouloir mettre en place une politique de redevance sur l’eau pour les entreprises du secteur industriel.

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