Information for residents
Canada is proud to be hosting the G7 leaders in the beautiful Charlevoix region next year.
Quebec’s Charlevoix region symbolizes some of the best that Canada has to offer, from its stunning beauty and dynamic business community, to the generous hospitality of its people.
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.
Want to be involved in the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix? We will be hiring throughout the year. Keep an eye on this page for new opportunities as they become available. There are currently no job opportunities available.
Frequently asked questions
Impact on the community
What impact will the 2018 G7 Summit have on local communities?
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 must work 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.
What will be the economic impact of the Summit?
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.
What steps are being taken to ensure that the environment is a priority during the G7?
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.
How will the Summit impact tourism in the Charlevoix region?
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.
Will the community be consulted? Will you have meetings with us?
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.
Will there be new infrastructure investments in the region?
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.
Will local organizations be able to participate in the planning?
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.
Can the public contact the Government of Canada if it has questions about the Summit?
Yes. Charlevoix residents were invited to a town hall meeting on November 22nd 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.
We are also available to answer your questions and we invite you to contact Public Enquiries.
How many jobs could be created in 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.
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.
How can my business be involved in the Summit?
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.
Will information and instructions be communicated to residents?
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.
Will residents be able to move about freely in all sectors of the region?
These details will be communicated in a timely manner.
Will local businesses be compensated for any loss of income related to the event?
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. More information will be provided on our web site in the new year.
How will the region accommodate everyone?
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.
Concerning accommodations, does the region have a sufficient number of rooms for everyone?
Accommodation requirements were taken into consideration during the process of selecting 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 Québec region have been identified.
We are currently completing the contracting process.
Will the government decide which establishment will accommodate the delegations, media representatives, employees, security personnel, etc.?
The Government of Canada will manage room assignments based on the needs of each group, including employees, media, security personnel, etc.
Which airports will be used to welcome the international delegations and other Summit participants?
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.
Have the transportation perimeters been defined?
It is too early to provide these details. We are still in the preliminary planning stage and will provide more information in due course.
How is an event of this size coordinated on the ground?
We will work closely with all of the various stakeholders to ensure optimal coordination.
Are there specific logistics challenges in a location like La Malbaie?
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.
Will the Government of Canada invest in telecommunications?
One of the key critical elements to ensure that an event of this scope and size runs smoothly, is a robust and reliable telecommunications grid. This will ensure not only the smooth running of the Summit itself, but also the safety and security of the community. Any telecommunications infrastructure upgrades will remain in the community after the G7 Summit, and provide permanent benefits to Charlevoix’s general population and businesses.
More details will be announced soon.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a personalized identity document that must be visibly worn by all participants who have access to the restricted sites.
Who needs to receive accreditation?
Anyone who needs access to controlled zones will need to complete the accreditation process and obtain a badge. This will include all residents from La Malbaie, as well as delegates, service providers/suppliers, government employees, security personnel, and members of the media.
Will members of the public be able to apply for accreditation for the Summit?
People who need to access controlled zones will have to obtain accreditation.
When will I be able to apply for my 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.
If I live in La Malbaie, will I need to apply for accreditation?
Yes, all residents of La Malbaie will have to obtain accreditation.
Which sites will be restricted?
The restricted sites and security perimeters will be announced to the public at a later date.
Will any other regions in the province of Quebec be involved in the Summit?
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.
How can Canadians take part in the Summit?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to making the inclusion of views from a diverse range of stakeholders, including regional and international organizations, a key aspect of Canada’s G7 Presidency. For example, the Government of Canada will be collaborating with DigiHub Shawinigan to explore innovative uses of digital technologies for various projects related to Canada’s G7 Presidency.
The Canadian government will also undertake a series of domestic engagement activities, through in-person activities across Canada and via digital platforms, to inform the development of the 2018 agenda.
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