Green Fund

The mayor mentioned Council’s desire to establish a local green fund for sustainable development and environmental protection in his presentation of the 2019 budget highlights. Council then passed By-law 19-781 to establish the green fund at the regular council meeting on January 7. La Pêche will use the fund to support innovative projects from the community and actions in areas such as fighting climate change, managing waste, protecting water, and caring for the soil. Green fund support for those efforts is a natural outgrowth of La Pêche’s 2019–2023 strategic plan, in which climate change is one of eight identified priority issues.

An implementation policy, an application guide and form have been produced to facilitate the project submission process.

If you wish to submit projects, here are the dates to remember:

    • 1st application deadline: March 1 
    • 2nd application deadline: September 1

    For any information:

      In the 2022 call for projects ending September  1, 2022, 5 of the 7 projects received were selected for funding totaling $56,797.

      In the 2022 call for projects ending March 1, 2022, 7 of the 9 projects received were selected for funding totaling $111,999.

      The Municipality of La Pêche is pleased to announce that seven out of the nine projects submitted for the third edition of the Green Fund Program will receive funding totalling $100,538.

      Projects and applicants

      Amount granted

      Project percentage

      La Pêche Coalition for a Green New Deal (LPCGND)

      The goal is to educate the public and encourage people to get involved in developing and creating solutions to the climate crisis. The group hosts events and a series of educational programs that explore issues like a just transition to a green economy and better approaches to rebuilding in a post-COVID world.



      Urgent action for the environmental health of Lac Gauvreau, Phase 1 - Gavreau Lake Environmental Protection Association

      This initiative is a pilot project for other lakes in La Pêche. Activities include education and awareness campaigns, shoreline characterization and restoration to reduce the influx of nutrients, marking and flagging Eurasian water-milfoil areas to reduce proliferation, participation in the water testing program, and seeking out scientific expertise and guidance to ensure projects to improve the environmental health of Lac Gauvreau are viable and effective.



      Drinking water in Wakefield - H2O Wakefield

      The purpose of this project is to establish well-water baselines for the construction and occupancy of new homes to determine whether development is affecting existing wells. It aims to improve Wakefied residents’ understanding of their wells and the importance of regular water testing. It also seeks to encourage developers to recognize groundwater as a valuable resource for the entire community.



      Entre Ciel et Terre - Fondation Ciel et Terre

      This dark sky park project aims to create a place for amateur astronomers to observe the sky by using control measures to minimize light pollution in the largest possible area.

      It is seeking to develop a legislative framework, establish a coalition to advocate for the certification of the designated area, and develop a campaign to raise awareness and promote the park among residents and certain groups.



      Forêt des Cent Acres - Action Chelsea for Respect of the Environment (ACRE)

      The objective of this project is to permanently protectthe Forêt des Cent Acres forest and wetland ecosystems, which are located near the village of Wakefield, by establishing a 100-acre community-managed protected area in one of the ecological corridors linking Gatineau Park to Rivière Gatineau. These ecosystems have significant ecological value and include mature mixed northern forests and a population of western chorus frogs, which are designated as threatened under the Species at Risk Act.



      Reforestation around Lac Fairbairn - Mr. McClatchy

      This project consists of replanting multiple rows of trees around Lac Fairbairn. Numerous rows of Eastern white cedar and other appropriate native tree species will be planted to create a wildlife habitat and a natural buffer between the farmland and the wetland.



      Feasibility study for a decentralized sewer system in the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham sector – Municipality of La Pêche

      Two sectors in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham have been selected for a feasibility study on implementation of a decentralized sewer system. The system provides wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure and eliminates the need for residents to have their own septic systems (septic tank and field).



      * Project must obtain necessary permits to access the first instalment.

      The Green Fund was set up with two calls for projects, one with a deadline of March 1 and the other September 1. A total of 18 eligible La Pêche organizations applied for the March 1 deadline. This first running of the Green Fund will award $92,042 to the 12 projects in the table below, assuming they produce the required documentation. The Green Fund’s leveraging effect can be observed in the third column, showing the percentage of total funding provided by the Municipality.

      Projects and applicants

      Amount Granted

      Project Percentage

      Implementation of organic waste collection, Municipality of La Pêche
      The Municipality’s project will coordinate the new compostable organic waste collection service within the Municipality, implement and track the collection service, and assess ways to optimize it.



      Eurasian water-milfoil: Beating an Invasive Species, Gauvreau Lake Environmental Protection Association
      The Gauvreau Lake Environmental Protection Association initiative will include an information and awareness session on the water-milfoil problem and will discuss control methods and behaviours to adopt.



      Educational series, La Pêche Coalition for a Green New Deal (LPCGND)
      The Coalition aims to educate and empower community members and help them develop and create local solutions to the global environmental crisis.



      A manual for neighbourhood resilience in La Pêche,
      Gary Martin
      This pilot project aims to develop a resilient neighbourhood response plan for future emergencies caused by natural disasters or catastrophic events.



      Waste management and sustainability improvements to Clinique médicale des Collines, Clinique médicale des Collines Inc.
      Clinique médicale des Collines aims to reduce waste production, consumption at the source, and compost production and get the clinic and its employees involved in the community.



      Effects of boats on the proliferation of invasive species, Municipality of La Pêche
      The Municipality would like to study the impact of boats on watermilfoil populations. The study, conducted by ABV des 7, will describe the process for restricting the use of motorized watercraft and provide an overview of alternative approaches used elsewhere in Québec.



      Recycling stations in CISSS de l’Outaouais facilities, Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais
      The project will install ten recycling stations in the facilities at Hôpital mémorial de Wakefield, the local community services centre (CLSC), and CHSLD de La Pêche. The standardized system will allow for better residual materials management.



      Solar La Pêche, Ron Verbeek
      This educational project aims to help La Pêche become energy selfsufficient by installing photovoltaic systems. The project will inspire La Pêche residents by taking them through the process of installing a residential solar power station, step by step.



      Study for Lac Gauvreau recovery, Lac GauvrEAU Secours
      In response to the alarming invasion of water-milfoil in the lake, Lac GauvrEAU Secours and government authorities will evaluate measures to restrict the use of motorized watercraft. Organizers will work with various lake users to educate the public and raise awareness of environmental issues.



      Farmhop, Roots and Shoots Farm
      This event brings together three agricultural businesses to provide a day-long immersive farm experience for the local and urban community. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the land and learn more about where our food comes from and the farmers who feed us.**



      Shoreline protection awareness project, Friends of the Gatineau River
      Friends of the Gatineau River produces events and educational materials to raise public awareness about how to protect our lakes and rivers. The main goals will be to protect the riparian strip, revegetate it, and encourage people to be respectful and comply with the regulations in place.



      The EZHarvester and carbon-neutral honey goal, Apiverte Inc.
      Apiverte offers beekeepers in the region a mobile honey and beeswax harvesting system. The concept includes a trailer-mounted honey harvesting station that can be operated with or without electricity. Apiverte will also educate the public on bees and the key role they play in the global ecosystem.



      *Special conditions based on approval of funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) **Funding approved but deferred to 2021 due to the pandemic.

      The review committee received and analyzed nine applications submitted during the second call for proposals for the Green Fund, which ended on September 1, 2020. Municipal Council granted the maximum financial contributions to the following projects for a total of $51,227:

      Projects and Applicants

      Amount Granted

      Project percentage

      Preliminary study for an Ecocentre – Municipalité de La Pêche

      This municipal project is to produce a needs assessment report and a concept plan for an Ecocentre.



      Eurasian water milfoil control plan – Association des propriétaires et résidants du Lac Bernard

      The Lac Bernard Homeowners and Residents Association wishes to hire a consultant to assess Lac Bernard’s current Eurasian water milfoil infestation and explain the available control options.

      $4 692


      Study on sustainable housing in Wakefield – Andrew Ryan

      This is to produce a collaborative study by various experts on a possible new residential development in Municipalité de La Pêche featuring high-quality, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, affordable housing in the town of Wakefield



      Sustainable, affordable rental housing – Phase 1 –
      Cohabitat Wakefield

      This to deliver the predevelopment phase of a construction project for 32 sustainable, affordable housing units (a business plan, architectural schematic, and study of energy and environmental design options) for vulnerable populations. The project as a whole is for an ecodistrict with buildings that generate more energy than they use and enhance food security by producing fresh food all year round.



      Flood mitigation through the creation of new wetlands – Fairbairn House Heritage Centre

      Fairbairn House Heritage Centre wishes to hire a consultant to produce an assessment report on the current possibilities for the mitigation of flooding in Fairbairn House by creating wetlands. The project is divided into three distinct phases. This application is exclusively for Phase 1: research, mapping, and analysis as well the report and its recommendations.



      Sentier Louis Rompré Trail – Wakefield Trails

      This is to conduct a study to determine which measures to take to correct environmental crimes along the potential route of the trail that will connect the Wakefield–La Pêche Community Centre and Louis Rompré Park, the trails, and River Walk. The study is to restore the natural environment around the trail, including a creek and wetland. The objective is to restore the ecosystem’s water retention capacity and solve flooding problems in the area.



      Diagnosis of municipal agrifood regulations and services – Municipalité de La Pêche

      This is a proposal by Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais to consult local farm and agrifood stakeholders and assess current municipal agrifood bylaws and services with a view to making recommendations on how to serve stakeholders better.



      *Special conditions for receiving funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)