Membership benefits

Overview

1. Member services

  • Our government representations, since our privileged relationships with governments and our very good links to decision-makers in Quebec and Canada allow us to quickly make a case in front of Cabinet members and senior public servants, who we frequently consult;
  • Our “Communiqué hebdomadaire”, a French legal and environmental monitoring weekly newsletter;
  • Our English Bi-monthly Brief, an English condensed version of our recent “Communiqués hebdomadaires’’ sent every two months;
  • Our “Tableau de conformité environnementale’’, a French exhaustive list of reports, notices and statements that companies must produce on a regular basis, in order to comply with provincial and federal rules governing their business operations;
  • Our tool on ‘’Administrative Monetary Penalties’’.  This unique French tool explains the functionning  of this regime both provincially and federally.  It also includes a table which lists all of the AMPs that could be imposed following a breach of the Environment Quality Act or its related regulations;
  • Our working committees, tasked with elaborating the official CPEQ views and enabling companies and associations to exchange views on common issues.

2. Spring and fall seasonal meetings (federal & provincial)

          2.1 Federal meetings with ECCC

The seasonal meetings (spring and/or fall) with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) provide the perfect opportunity to learn the goals of ECCC and to address their representatives with questions or comments.

          2.2 Provincial meetings with MELCC

The seasonal meetings (spring and/or fall) with the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) provide the perfect opportunity to learn the goals of the MELCC and to address their representatives with questions or comments. 

          2.3 Provincial meetings with MERN

The seasonal meetings (spring and/or fall) with the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) provide the perfect opportunity to learn the goals of the MERN and to address their representatives with questions or comments.

3. Discounted rates

All our members benefit from largely discounted rates for all our activities. Since the membership applies to the whole of a company or association, all employees can benefit from these discounts.

 

Member services

The CPEQ offers its members a full range of services, including:

  • Acting as mediator at working committees, when members must develop unified positions on environmental issues, political, legal and regulatory projects, and further advocating these unified positions to government authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Issuing statements and letters of comment addressed to the provincial and federal governments, in order to convey the adopted positions on various political, legal and regulatory projects to do with the environment and sustainable development.
  • Undertaking legal and information monitoring as far as the environment and sustainable development are concerned and providing access to relevant documentation.
  • Publishing the Communiqué hebdomadaire that summarizes information relevant to companies regarding environmental and sustainable development topics such as climate change, waste management, water, forestry, mining and corporate social responsibility, among others. Our Communiqué hebdomadaire covers legislative and regulatory news as well as recent developments, new initiatives and publications at the provincial and national levels. The CPEQ also produces a Bi-monthly Brief, an English summary of the recent Communiqués hebdomadaires, sent every two months. 
  • Maintaining our website, where members have access, via the Member area, to all CPEQ publications as well as to several additional resources and tools.

Our members also benefit from:

  • Discounts on training sessions and workshops organized by the CPEQ on topics related to the environment and sustainable development.
  • Discounts on conferences and symposiums focusing on current environmental issues. These events offer networking opportunities and aim to facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among the various industry sectors as well as other stakeholders.
  • Exclusive access to information and exchange meetings between companies and government representatives on specific issues.
  • Access to a network of contacts at provincial, national and international level, when it comes to the environment and sustainable development.

Working Committees

How working committees operate

The CPEQ has set up several working committees that are tasked with defining the CPEQ's position on various issues. These committees are free and exclusive to our members.  The nature of the work completed by these committees, can be for members of the CPEQ to sometimes take positions, when the government announces a legal bill or regulation, but it can also be about information points or various presentations in relation to the committee's main subject matter. This is why the topics covered vary greatly from one sitting to the next. Times and frequency of the committee meetings also vary, according to legislative developments and especially the works of the various government departments. The committee meetings usually take place at the CPEQ offices, starting around 9.30 am and finishing before 12.00 pm. Of course, if you are located far from the Montreal region or if you are unable to travel, you can participate remotely.

Following a working committee meeting, the CPEQ usually produces a report, available to members only via the Member area of the website. The CPEQ may also issue a statement or write a letter to the relevant regulatory authority in order to inform them of its members' concerns and to offer solutions.

List of the CPEQ working committees

  • Committee on social acceptability and managing neighborhood nuisances
  • Legal Affairs Committee
  • Air and Climate Change Committee
  • Biodiversity and  wetlands Committee
  • Renewable fuels Committee
  • Committee on Sustainable Development  and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Northern development Committee
  • Water Committee
  • Committee on industrial ecology and circular economy
  • Energy Committee
  • Committee on Environmental assessments
  • Hazardous waste Committee
  • Organic Matter Committee
  • Residual Matter committee
    • Subcommittee on Extended Producer Responsibility (REP)
    • Subcommittee on bulky waste management
  • Fisheries committee (Fisheries Act)
  • Committee on CMM Regulation 2008-47
  • Contaminated Sites Committee
    • Subcommittee on risk analysis 
  • Committee on transportation and logistics