Baie-Comeau, ma ville, ma voix
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Launch of Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund
Consult press releases issued by the municipalities involved (In French Only).
First investments by the Baie-Comeau Smelter Sustainable Communities Fund (In French only)
As part of Alcoa’s agreement for its Québec development plan, signed with the provincial government and announced on November 7, 2011, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products announced the creation of the Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund. This fund represents an investment of $1 million annually for 25 years. With this fund, Alcoa aims to increase the quality of life in its host communities, with a particular focus on retaining and attracting young people to these regions through sustainability and educational initiatives.
In 2012, the three local funds, each named after one of our smelters, were created to share this investment among the three regions – Baie-Comeau ($10 million), Bécancour ($7.5 million) and Deschambault-Grondines/Portneuf ($7.5 million). Following a call for applications to select two community representatives to the board of directors of each fund, the permanent boards have been set up and have begun their work.
In Bécancour and in the municipalities of Deschambault-Grondines/Portneuf, the local Funds have supported the work of the municipalities to develop sustainability plans. In Baie-Comeau, where the local sustainability initiative inspired the creation of the Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund, progress was quick and the first investments by the Baie-Comeau Smelter Sustainable Communities Fund were announced in January 2013 (see adjacent).
In coming years, the allocated amounts will be used to monitor and update the plans, as well as for carrying out the resulting projects and for the development of local expertise in sustainability.
The three local Funds will establish a communications network that will promote information exchange, technical assistance and the emergence of common ideas among the three communities, synergies that are similar to those we continuously strive to establish among our Québec plants. The coordination of this network will be the responsibility of Jean-Philippe Messier, director of the Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve, who is already coaching the city of Baie-Comeau in its sustainability initiative.