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Quebec City– The City of Quebec has announced that it will play a significant and continuous role in the cleanup and rehabilitation of the municipality of Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix.

Last week, a technical mission from the City of Quebec, in consultation with local authorities, established a three-stage intervention program that will permit them to work effectively to enable the safe reintegration of residents and to restore essential municipal services.

“Faced with the consequences of recent events, we could not remain indifferent; the municipality simply lacks the human and technical resources to face this disaster alone,” said Labeaume.  “We have established a game plan with the blue collar workers that will allow our employees to use their skills to the full extent and to act effectively in the coming weeks,” he added.

The blue collar workers say they are “proud” to be involved with the City of Quebec in this initiative.The president of the union of manual workers (SCFP 1638), Marc-André Dufour, noted that “the word ‘solidarity’ takes on its full meaning through concrete action.”

A planned intervention program

The program, developed in collaboration with the authorities in Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix, represents a contribution of nearly $260,000 from Quebec City in labour and equipment for the recovery effort. Without the contribution of the blue-collar workers, who agreed to suspend several provisions in their collective agreement, the cost of this intervention would have been substantially higher.

The intervention program is divided into three stages:

  • Health, safety and inspection of 500 homes to inform residents about the condition of their buildings and any necessary precautionary measures.
  • Cleaning, recovery and transport of debris during the voluntary clean-up weekends. This intervention will run from June 11 to June 29.
  • Getting the vacuum sewer system up and running again. This type of sewage system involves dismantling and cleaning 110 valves in the network. This component will begin as soon as the drop in water level permits.

Municipal staff for work at the site will be recruited on a voluntary basis from all city workers specializing in heavy equipment operation or sewage system maintenance.The home inspection teams have been hard at work since June 6.


Jacques Perron
Communications Services
418 641-621

Robert Bellerose, Information
SCFP-Quebec Communications
Cell: 514 247-9266

Resources supplied by the City of Quebec

Mission in Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix

Stage 1 – Health, safety and inspection



Technician-coordinator (1)

Electrical service trucks (2)

Health inspectors (2)

Pick-up trucks (3)

Electricians (2)




Stage 2 – Debris collection and transport (2 teams)

Loader operators (2)

Loaders (2)

Heavy truck drivers (4)

10-wheel trucks (4)

Day labourers (2)

Long-load dollies for loaders (2)

Foremen (2)

Pick-up trucks (2)

Mechanic (1)

Mechanical service truck (1)


Minibus (1)



Stage 2 – Rehabilitation of sewage system

Technician-coordinator (1)

Service van (1)

Pipefitters (2)