Clean & Prosperous Institute

Study Mission 3.0: Quebec

May 23-26, 2023

Leaders are learners. As we look to learn about smart climate action, we’ve taken two study missions to California and now we’re expanding our horizons and traveling to Québec.

Why Québec?

Québec and Washington have similar economies and similar ambitions. Both are strong in research and technology, aeronautics, hydroelectricity, agriculture, fishing, mining, pharmaceuticals, aluminum, wood, and paper. They produce more maple syrup while we lead in apples.

Like Washington state, Québec is a clean economy leader, setting the pace for their country.

Québec introduced its cap-and-trade system ten years ago. Washington’s cap-and-invest system commences this year and is designed to potentially link with the programs in Québec and California, meaning that businesses in one jurisdiction can use emission allowances issued by the others for compliance. This increases the number of businesses under the cap, which reduces compliance costs by creating more options for companies to reduce their emissions.

The Ministry of Environment will share lessons from their decade of cap-and-trade experience, lessons that will be valuable to the Washington state government officials tasked with managing our program, and to the Washington state businesses that will operate within the system.

We’ll visit clean energy facilities and meet with business leaders to get a firsthand look at how Québec is transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

Join us for our third study mission and first to an international destination.


Tuesday, May 23rd

  • Travel day to Québec City
  • Overnight in Québec City

Wednesday, May 24th

  • Presentations from the Ministry of the Environment on Québec’s Plan for a Green Economy and Québec’s Carbon Market
  • Reception with Québec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
  • Overnight in Québec City

Thursday, May 25th

  • Travel to Montréal
  • Learning sessions with Hydro Québec and Propulsion Québec
  • Reception at Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Overnight in Montreal

Friday, May 26th

  • Site visits to clean energy companies
  • Conference ends by 4pm


What’s Included

Accommodations, all meals (please advise if any dietary restrictions) and transportation within the Quebec province is included in the registration fee. Please note airfare is not included.

Recommended Flights

Tuesday, May 23:

(8:00 a.m. PT – 6:53 p.m. ET):

  • Flight AC 514 from Seattle (SEA) to Montréal (YUL)
  • Flight AC 7940 from Montréal (YUL) to Québec (YQB)


Friday, May 26:

(6:10 p.m. ET – 9:15 p.m. PT):

  • Flight AC 515 from Montréal (YUL) to Seattle (SEA)


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