MERN- Obtaining land rights

Letter of intent

Reserved land area

Obtaining land rights

Other terms and conditions

Géoboutique Québec

Leasing Public Land


Obtaining land rights


To obtain land rights, bidders selected by Hydro-Québec must complete and submit to the Department a Request to use public land. The application must include:

  • A site map to a scale of 1:20,000 showing the future location of wind farm, access roads, power lines, conversion stations, etc.
  • A project timetable
  • A description of measures taken to meet harmonization objectives and criteria, where applicable
  • Documents and reports requested in the letter of intent (agreement, reports, studies, etc.)
  • Required permits and certificates of authorization
  • Any other relevant information

Developers are also responsible for presenting their project to local authorities and organizations. The Department will help them identify the organizations in question.

Once all conditions have been met to the Minister satisfaction, the Department may grant the land rights required for the project.


Selected bidders applying for land rights for public lands must assume all expenses payable under the Regulation respecting the sale, lease and granting of immovable rights on lands in the domain of the State.

Granting of land rights

The minister may, at his discretion, grant the selected bidders lease or other land rights for the construction of wind farms. Bidders must be corporate bodies.

Lease charges

The cost of leasing public land for the erection of a wind farm is determined by the Government.

Beginning on April 1, 2009, the annual rent is calculated on the basis of the generating capacity of the wind turbine, at the rate of $5,187 per MW. However, under the first call for bids issued by Hydro-Québec for the supply of 1,000 MW of wind energy, the annual rent is:

  • $1,763 for a 1 MW wind turbine;
  • $2,489 for a 1.5 MW wind turbine;
  • $3,008 for a 1.8 MW wind turbine;
  • $3,319 for a 2 MW wind turbine;
  • $4,149 for a 2.5 MW wind turbine.

These rates will be adjusted on April 1 each year to reflect the increase in the consumer price index.

Duration of land rights granted

The duration of the land right granted for the setting-up of wind farm can exceed of one year the duration of the sale contract of wind energy signed with Hydro-Québec. This duration begins the first day of the month following its signature .

In the event that the electricity purchase contract between Hydro-Québec and the selected bidder ends prematurely, the lease granting land rights will also be terminated upon written notification from the minister.


Land rights granted may be renewed subject to the applicable program conditions and regulations in effect at the time of renewal.


Land rights may be revoked if the bidder fails to complete wind farm construction in accordance with the land use plan within 24 months of signing the contract granting the rights. However, the minister reserves the right to extend this deadline.

Land rights obtained through the provision of erroneous or fraudulent information may be revoked by the minister.


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