Charlevoix Residents

Are you a resident of the Charlevoix region? Would you like to know more about the G7 and what it means for your community? Consult our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Frequently asked questions

Impact on the community

Community and stakeholder engagement will play an integral role in Canada’s preparations for the Summit throughout the upcoming year.

The Government of Canada appreciates the support and warm hospitality of community members. We are working together to ensure that the 2018 G7 Summit benefits everyone.

Our government will work with community leaders to ensure that the needs of the residents of the Charlevoix region, and the impact that this international event will have on the community, are taken into consideration at every stage of Summit planning. An advisory committee has been established to address issues of priority to the community. Canada’s past experience hosting G7 summits has shown that this event generates significant short-term economic benefits for the local community and the surrounding region. Longer-term impacts can also include increased tourism and visibility for the region, notably because of the Summit’s media coverage overseas.

Canada is committed to taking the potential environmental impact of activities related to the Summit into account at every stage of planning to protect the existing natural environment and ecosystem in the beautiful Charlevoix region. To do this, a Summit organization committee will work closely with members of the community to ensure that the environment remains a priority.

The Government of Canada will also work to ensure that the Summit is as “green” as possible, as it has done at previous international events it has hosted.

The G7 Summit will be an incredible showcase for the region. Canada’s past experience hosting G7 Summits has shown that this event generates significant short-term economic benefits for the local community and the surrounding region, notably because of the media attention, and increased national and international visibility.

Yes, the community will be consulted to ensure optimal planning and to ensure that the needs of the residents of the Charlevoix region are taken into consideration. Preparatory meetings on various issues have already taken place on the ground with local, municipal, provincial and federal representatives. We will continue to work closely with various community stakeholders throughout the year.

Canada’s past experience hosting G7 Summits has shown that this event generates significant short-term economic benefits for the local community and the surrounding region, notably because of the media attention, and increased national and international visibility.

The creation of local jobs is another positive, immediate impact of hosting a Summit. Consult the job opportunities with the Summits Management Office. This page will be updated regularly.

Collaboration with local stakeholders and the community will play an integral role the planning process and related opportunities will be communicated in a timely manner. You can also address any questions or concerns by contacting Public Enquiries.

Regular and transparent engagement and communications with local and regional stakeholders and the community will play an integral role in Canada’s preparations for the Summit throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada will work with community leaders to ensure that the needs of the residents of the Charlevoix region, and the impact that this international event will have on the community, are taken into consideration at every stage of Summit planning, and that they are communicated regularly and transparently.

Town hall meetings will be held on a regular basis in order to provide updates on progress made in preparation for the Summit and answer questions from citizens.

These details will be communicated in a timely manner.

Canada’s past experience hosting G7 Summits has shown that this event generates significant short-term economic benefits for the local community and the surrounding region as a result of increased spending at hotels, restaurants and shops, and job creation.

Longer-term economic impacts can also include increased tourism and visibility for the region, notably because of the Summit’s national and international media coverage. Longer-term benefits also include permanent infrastructure upgrades.

Engaging the community and stakeholders will continue to be an integral part of Canada’s preparations for the Summit over the coming year.

Preparatory meetings on various issues have already taken place on the ground with local, municipal, provincial and federal representatives. For example:

  • Meetings with the hotel industry;
  • Regular meetings with local stakeholders and Indigenous communities;
  • Meetings with airports
  • Townhall meetings

We will continue to work closely with various stakeholders throughout the year.

About the Summit

Yes. Charlevoix residents were invited to a town hall meeting on November 22 at which officials provided an update on progress made in preparation for the 2018 G7 Summit and took questions from citizens. Other gatherings will take place in the new year to keep residents informed.

Yes. We are available to answer your questions and we invite you to contact Public Enquiries.

Accommodations

Accommodation requirements were taken into consideration during the process to select the Summit location. The Summits Management Office will be responsible for event logistics, in collaboration with community members.

Accommodation requirements were taken into consideration during the process to select the Summit location.

In order to meet the accommodation needs of the various delegations for which the Government of Canada will be responsible in the context of the Summit, the government will coordinate with the establishments with which it will have agreements.

At this time, all accommodation needs for La Malbaie and the Quebec region have been identified.

We are currently completing the contracting process.

The Government of Canada will manage room assignments based on the needs of each group, including employees, media, security personnel, etc.

Transportation

We are planning for leaders’ flights to the G7 Summit to arrive at the Canadian Forces Base in Bagotville, Quebec. Other details will be provided in due course.

It is too early to provide these details. We are still in the planning stage and will provide more information in due course.

Logistics

We will work closely with all of the various stakeholders to ensure optimal coordination.

A number of factors were taken into consideration during the process to select the Summit location.

A natural setting like the Charlevoix region presents certain challenges, but also several advantages. We will work closely with the community’s various stakeholders throughout the year to ensure optimal planning.

Planning is still underway, but other areas in Quebec will be involved, including Quebec City and Bagotville. More details will be provided as they become available.

Infrastructure investments

One of the key critical elements to ensure that an event of this scope and size runs smoothly is a robust and reliable cellular telecommunications grid. This will ensure not only the smooth running of the Summit itself, but also the safety and security of the community and visitors to the region.

The costs will be borne by the Government of Canada, as these are expenditures required to meet its needs.

These upgrades will include new permanent cellular towers along Highways 362, 170, and 138 (Quebec-La Malbaie-Chicoutimi) as well as upgrades to existing cellular infrastructure in La Malbaie.

The total investment is not expected to exceed $15M. Costs will be absorbed by the Government of Canada.

Investing in more robust cellular telecommunications infrastructure will ensure not only the smooth running of the Summit itself, but also the safety and security of the community.

These permanent cellular infrastructure upgrades will also remain in the community after the G7 Summit, providing benefits to Charlevoix’s general population and businesses in the long-term.

Bell Mobility is building the cellular towers as part of their existing infrastructure and will retain ownership of them. The Government of Canada is solely defraying their costs to build as covered by the overall contract that the Government of Canada has with Bell Canada for all of our cellular needs.

These towers will remain in service after the Summit and will continue to be operated by Bell Mobility. All cellular users in the Charlevoix region – no matter their carrier – will be able to use their device in the towers’ service area, including along highways 362, 170, and 138 (Quebec-La Malbaie-Chicoutimi).

The Government of Canada is still analyzing the needs related to organizing the Summit, including regional infrastructure needs. Additional details will be available at a later date.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a personalized identity document that must be visibly worn by all participants who have access to the restricted sites.

Anyone who needs to access a restricted site will need to have an accreditation badge. This includes delegates, service providers, hotel owners, government employees and members of the media.

People who need to access restricted sites will have to obtain accreditation.

An Internet portal will be created at a later date to process online accreditation applications. An accreditation office will also be set up to answer the public’s questions and help people who do not have Internet access.

No. Outside the security perimeter, residents of La Malbaie and the public can move about freely without accreditation. If residents of, workers in, or visitors to La Malbaie have no need to enter a restricted site during the Summit, they will not need to obtain accreditation. However, accreditation will be available if residents would like to have it, which will allow them to easily identify themselves, distinguishing them from visitors.

The restricted sites and security perimeters will be announced to the public at a later date.

Compensation

A compensation program will be put in place in order to compensate businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and those who have been affected by security measures. Additional details will be available at a later date.