Sustainable Communities

Baie-Comeau, ma ville, ma voix


Visit the Sustainability Web site of the City of
(In French only) 

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)


Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products announced in 2011 the creation of the Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund, representing 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 ($400,000 yearly), Bécancour ($300,000 yearly) and Deschambault-Grondines/Portneuf ($300,000 yearly). 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, both funds holding their first citizens’ forum in April 2013. 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 established a communications network that promotes 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.