The economy we want :

Choices to make for Québec

Québec is evolving in a context marked by economic growth running out of steam and an unprecedented climate and environmental crisis. The growth of emerging economies also presents challenges for the competitiveness of our companies but opens up huge markets to them. This growth accentuates the pressure on the availability of energy and resources, resulting in the continuous search for reductions in production costs and greater efficiency in the use of increasingly expensive resources.

In this global context marked by climate change, Quebec must emerge a winner in a world in transition.

What economy do we want to ensure the long-term dynamism and quality of life of Québec society over the next few decades?

To make the switch to a green economy, it is urgent and necessary for Québec to move quickly to adopt an ambitious game plan, considerable means and coherent and complementary strategies guiding the joint efforts of public and private players. SWITCH also believes this vision must be based on a broad social consensus.

Insist on its implementation

Building on the achievements accomplished to date, SWITCH wants to focus its next actions on concretizing the changes already begun.

Governments increasingly understand the extent to which the switch to a green economy is necessary and positive. Thanks to SWITCH’s work, they know better how this change must be applied, particularly in key sectors such as transportation, technological development and procurement. Unfortunately, government actions encounter strong inertia and are bogged down in all kinds of systemic constraints (regulation, resistance to change, social norms and beliefs, etc., so much so that the expected switch does not become reality. From now on, SWITCH therefore wants to focus its attention on identifying barriers (hindrances) to government actions, and the ways to get around them. The issue is no longer to convince governments to act in favour of the development of a green economy, but to help them achieve this.