As a major economic player in the regions of Sorel-Tracy and Havre-Saint-Pierre, we strive to improve the quality of life in these areas. For us, sustainable development means social commitment as well as environmental protection.
With a strong belief that our growth is directly linked to the development of neighbouring communities, we maintain close ties with local residents and representatives. RTFT's community relations policy is founded on the principles of listening to and respecting the local population. We support initiatives that strengthen the vitality of our local communities, focus on regional development and improve residents' quality of life. RTFT is also committed to long-term partnerships in health, education, culture, the environment and community activities.
For example, RTFT has, for many years, played an active role in the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. RTFT's teams of cyclists not only ride the 1,000 km in this annual event to promote healthy lifestyles, but more importantly, raise funds for two of the region's elementary schools every year for almost 10 years. Over C$125,000 has been raised so far. The goal is to engage with youth and become role models of perseverance for them.
Water is crucial to our operations and most of our water is pumped from the St. Lawrence River. We use water for processes such as cooling operations. Water is recycled or treated before being returned to the St Lawrence River.
Air quality depends on numerous factors, ranging from simple wood fires, which emit particulate matter, to transportation and agriculture. Although there are many sources of particulate matter other than our own operations, we measure annual changes in air quality.
We care about our community and look at ways to minimise our footprint and show our commitment. For example, to mitigate potential noise pollution that could affect residents in the neighbouring town of Saint-Joseph de-Sorel, we built a seven-metre-high, 150-metre-long acoustic wall to serve as a buffer between our operations and the town to reduce noise.
The wall, which has been landscaped so that it blends into the environment, has been successful – noise levels are significantly lower.
In 2019, expenditures at the Sorel-Tracy Metallurgical Complex totalled C$623 million, with C$122 million of this amount spent on goods and services in the Sorel-Tracy area. At the Havre-St-Pierre Mine, expenditures totalled C$46.4 million, with C$9.6 million spent in the region.