“We will remember spring 2020 for a very long time. All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a severe threat to public health, weakened the economy and changed life as we knew it. It will leave behind deep scars, coupled with important lessons, such as the need to cooperate and think outside the box, like never before!
Québec has not been spared by the pandemic. Our customers and partners, large and small, have been badly shaken. Hydro-Québec will steadfastly fulfill the economic, social and environmental leadership role that people have come to expect of it. We will be a powerful driver of Québec’s economy and work tirelessly for the good of all Quebecers.”
– Sophie Brochu, CEO of Hydro-Québec,
2019 Sustainability Report
Many households in our society live in poverty, and the health crisis has only made matters worse. The figures show that the province of Quebec’s unemployment rate rose to 23.3% in May (Statistics Canada, 2020), with 821,000 jobs lost to the pandemic. Businesses and industries are now reinventing themselves and innovating to overcome shortfalls and strengthen the economy.