Information for 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.
The G7 Summit taking place in La Malbaie will be a tremendous opportunity to strengthen Canada’s ties with Indigenous peoples, especially those from the Charlevoix region. In order to support the government’s objective of establishing a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples in a spirit of reconciliation, the G7 is also an opportunity to ensure that the historical presence of four Indigenous communities on the La Malbaie territory is respected.
The Innu from the Innue Essipit First Nation (Essipit), the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation (Mashteuiatsh) and the Pessamit Innue First Nation (Betsiamites), as well as the Huron from the Huron-Wendat Nation (Wendake), have lived on this territory for generations.
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
The total approved funding for Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency is $604.5 million. This figure reflects planned spending by all federal departments, including for security. This funding is not for the Leaders’ Summit alone. It applies to the planning, execution security and follow-up for all G7-related meetings, events and activities taking place over the course of Canada’s entire Presidency year (January 1 – December 31, 2018).
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.
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.
We are planning for leaders’ flights to the G7 Summit to arrive at the Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in Saguenay, 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.
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 Saguenay. More details will be provided as they become available.
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.
The accreditation process determines access privileges, provides individuals with personalized identification (badges) and may also include a security check.
This process has two components:
- to ensure that the Summit site is accessible only to authorized persons who have passed a security check. Generally this involves people who will work on the Summit site as well as delegates. Those who will have access to the Summit site will need to present photo accreditation (Badge).
- to ensure the free movement of the population living in the areas that have been designated. In principle, these areas will be closest to the Summit site. The population living in these areas will also need photo accreditation.
Anyone who needs to access the controlled zones will need to complete the accreditation process and obtain a badge. This includes delegates, suppliers, government employees, security personnel, members of the media and individuals from La Malbaie (or other areas) who need access the controlled zones.
The population living in the La Malbaie area will have the opportunity to be accredited and receive a badge; however will not have access to controlled zones.
Outside safety perimeters, residents of La Malbaie and the public will be able to circulate freely, without formality or accreditation. Therefore, if a resident, worker or visitor does not have to go to the protected area during the Summit, there is no need to guard against accreditation. Nevertheless, a residence accreditation will be made available to the inhabitants of La Malbaie who wish to obtain it. This accreditation will allow the population to easily identify themselves as residents of La Malbaie, which will enable them to distinguish themselves from visitors.
An online accreditation portal will be operational in early April 2018 to process online accreditation applications. An accreditation office will also be open to answer the public’s questions and assist people who do not have Internet access and/or computers to complete their application. Precise dates and locations will be communicated at a later date.
The accreditation process will be done through a user-friendly online accreditation portal that will be operational in early April 2018, and accessible on our website. Local accreditation offices will also be opened prior to the event for support and badge pick-up. Computers and Internet access will be accessible to the public at these accreditation offices allowing the public to complete their accreditation, and employees will also provide assistance in taking photos if needed. Accreditation support will also be provided online and by phone.
If you require accreditation you will be able to create your accreditation profile using the online accreditation portal (accessible on our website in early April 2018). You will be required to provide information such as full name, address, date of birth, etc. You will also need to provide an electronic photo (passport style) when completing your accreditation online. Please make sure to bring an Identification Document with you when picking up your badge at the accreditation office (ID with name, address and date of birth).
Residents of La Malbaie applying for an accreditation will not be entitled to a background check and will only be required to provide an ID with their home address.
There will be no impediments to local traffic before the end of May 2018. On the other hand, it is important to know that the citizens of La Malbaie will witness a greater police presence in May. Beginning in late May 2018, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and its Golf Club will no longer be accessible to the general public. The security measures around the Manoir and the golf course can be expected to be lifted shortly after the conclusion of the summit.
The Government of Canada will inform the public more about designated areas and timely certification procedures.
The Government of Canada is considering compensating commercial businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals to mitigate any adverse financial consequences resulting from the extraordinary security measures implemented during the Summit hosted by Canada. Claimants must make every effort to mitigate the impact of the security measures on them. One-time payments may be made to those who experience financial loss and who submit reasonable, justifiable and substantiated claims. The Government of Canada has developed Guidelines for Payments on an Ex gratia Basis that outline eligibility criteria for G7 claims.
You can also consult our brochure.
The Guidelines provide a framework for assessing claims related to financial loss as a result of the extraordinary security measure implemented during the Summit. They have been developed to provide potential claimants with information on what claims might be eligible and how they will be evaluated.
You can access the Guidelines by:
- visiting Guidelines for Payments on an Ex gratia Basis
- writing to IndemnisationG7-G7Compensation@international.gc.ca
- calling the Summits Management Office at 343-203-5454 or toll-free at 1 833 203 2701
The forms will be available soon.
Commercial businesses and non-profit organizations located inside the security perimeter, in an external affected area or at a satellite event location that suffered a loss of net profits or a loss of net revenues as a result of extraordinary security measures could be eligible for payment.
Individuals who reside inside the security perimeter, in an external affected area or at a satellite event location and who incur extraordinary costs due to extraordinary security measures could be eligible for payment.
Commercial businesses and non-profit organizations that are located outside the security perimeter, the external affected areas and the satellite event locations but have significant operations on a routine basis within the security perimeter, the external affected areas and the satellite event locations could be eligible for payment in relation to their operations in those areas.
A “commercial business” is defined as a person or an organization with activities consisting of the exchange of goods and/or services for the purpose of profit. Such activities must be permanent in character without necessarily being the operator’s main or even the sole activity. The activities must be carried out on a routine basis rather than on a casual basis. Commercial businesses will need to demonstrate loss of net profits.
Separate arrangements have been developed or are being discussed with governments and law enforcement agencies. These Guidelines do not apply to additional costs incurred by governments, including government agencies and Crown corporations at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, or to any additional costs incurred by law enforcement agencies.
Only those non-profit organizations considered as such under the Income Tax Act or equivalent provincial or territorial legislation are eligible for payment.
Compensation payments could cover up to 100% of the loss of eligible net profits, loss of net revenues or extraordinary costs, subject to approval of the funds available for this purpose.
Compensation payments will not be provided for losses and damage that are insurable under normal insurance coverage. Only losses and damages arising from extraordinary security measures, above and beyond the amounts covered by insurance policies, could be eligible for payment.
Payment could be considered for the following:
- for commercial businesses – loss of net profits
- for non-profit organizations – loss of net revenues
- for individuals – extraordinary costs
All amounts claimed must be proven, justified, appropriate and reasonable, and only those amounts that cannot be paid out by means of other instruments are eligible.
The following costs shall not be considered eligible for compensation payment:
- costs for damage caused by third parties, including vandalism;
- costs for personal injury (bodily harm);
- costs for emotional distress;
- amounts that can be paid out by means of another instrument, such as a statutory or regulatory scheme, Treasury Board policy, program, grant or contribution; and
- costs for private protection measures.
Vandalism can be covered by regular insurance, and under these Guidelines, compensation payments are not provided for losses that are insurable under normal insurance coverage. Damages for personal injury and emotional distress can also be compensated by other means. Additionally, there is no effective way of quantifying or measuring these types of damages. Also, private security measures are not eligible, as security agencies will be providing the required security. Insurance deductibles related to ineligible costs will not be covered under the Guidelines.
Insurance may cover losses and damages not covered under the Guidelines. You are encouraged to review your protections to determine your coverage.
In arriving at the amount of loss of net profits, loss of net revenues or extraordinary costs, the following could be considered:
- the insurance company’s deductible (up to a maximum of $500). This deductible must be linked to costs or losses due to extraordinary security measures. Deductibles for the ineligible expenses mentioned above will not be considered;
- specific, justified and reasonable incremental expenses incurred as a result of the extraordinary security measures (e.g. relocation expenses, transportation expenses, accommodation and living expenses);
- justified, appropriate and reasonable cleaning expenses attributable to the removal of any chemical or other material used by the security authority, where it is not covered by insurance, provided such expense is incurred within 30 days of the Summit, therefore no later than July 9, 2018.
For commercial businesses and non-profit organizations, the claims must include the following information, with each item claimed supported by appropriate substantiating documentation:
- actual revenues based on monthly sales or other revenues, and actual expenditures for the immediate past three consecutive financial years, or from the date of inception if later;
- actual revenues from the end of the last completed fiscal year, or the date of inception if it is a new commercial business or non-profit organization, to the commencement of the extraordinary security measures for the Summit; and
- estimate of loss of net profits or the loss of net revenues for the period during which the extraordinary security measures were in effect, as well as for such period as determined by the organizing department immediately before or shortly after the implementation of the extraordinary security measures during which there was a negative economic impact due to the extraordinary security measures put in place for the Summit.
Claimants who have experienced a significant increase in revenues as a result of economic activity immediately before and/or immediately after the duration of the extraordinary security measures implemented for the Summit will be required to set-off the increased revenues against the loss or net profits or loss of net revenues suffered during the period that the extraordinary security measures were in effect.
Different methodologies may be available to calculate the estimated amounts of loss of net profits or loss of net revenues. Claimants can choose the one that is most appropriate for their circumstances. In all cases, claimants are expected to provide adequate substantiating information. Loss of net profits and revenues should be based on Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.
Claimants have an obligation to keep the losses incurred by their operations to a minimum. When operations are primarily conducted through appointments and when there is normally some flexibility to reschedule business appointments and affairs, there is an obligation to minimize disruption during the time when the Summit is scheduled. Claims will be refused if due diligence is not demonstrated.
Organizations must remain open during the Summit to be eligible to make a claim for loss of net profits or loss of net revenue, unless the security authority dictates their closure.
Claims can be submitted only after the Summit has ended, once the extent of financial loss has been determined.
Claims must be submitted within 90 calendar days of the date the extraordinary security measures implemented for the Summit have concluded, unless otherwise authorized by the Government of Canada.
Claims can be presented only for the period during which the security authority prohibits public access inside the security perimeter. However, if claimants can demonstrate that they suffered losses immediately before or shortly after the duration of the extraordinary security measures implemented for the Summit as a result of reduced traffic, they may submit such losses in their claim for consideration.
Claims should be sent to:
Summits Management Office
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
The Government of Canada is committed to processing claims as soon as possible upon their receipt at the Summits Management Office.
The Summits Management Office (assisted by a third party) is responsible for processing compensation claims. Any payment under the Guidelines is wholly ex gratia (that is, not obligatory) and is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the Government of Canada. Any amount paid pursuant to a compensation claim may be subject to an audit, at the discretion of the Government of Canada.
Extraordinary security measures are measures implemented by the security authority, such as a security perimeter and other exceptional actions, to protect the security of internationally protected persons and Summit delegates, ensure the proper functioning of the Summit, and respond as part of contingency plans.
The security perimeter is the area where public access is restricted during the Summit.
The Organizing department determines the external affected areas, in consultation with the security authority, on the basis of the extraordinary security measures undertaken. Such areas are located outside the security perimeter and are subject to extraordinary security measures as part of contingency plans.
Satellite event locations are sites outside the security perimeter where specific events that are part of the Summit’s Official Program take place. When there are satellite event locations for the Summit, compensation payments for negative financial impacts to commercial businesses and non-profit organizations located at, and individuals living at these satellite event locations may be considered, if these sites are subject to extraordinary security measures during the Summit.
Claims from those in external affected areas and satellite event locations will be handled in the same way as those from inside the security perimeter. The impact of the extraordinary security measures undertaken will remain the overriding consideration.