17.12.12. A Natural Resources Fund is established to finance certain activities of the department. The Fund consists of the following components:
(1) a forestry component, whose purpose is to finance activities relating to seedling production, forestry inventory data and forestry research and other activities aimed at maintaining or improving the protection, development or processing of forest resources;
(2) a sustainable forest development component, whose purpose is to finance activities relating to sustainable forest development and forest management, increasing timber production, forestry research and other activities relating to forest education and awareness and to the protection, development or processing of forest resources;
(3) an energy efficiency and innovation component, whose purpose is to finance programs and measures relating to energy efficiency and innovation, and activities relating to the Minister’s responsibilities with regard to such programs and measures;
(4) a mining heritage component, whose purpose is to finance activities that foster the development of mineral potential, including such activities as geoscience knowledge acquisition, research and development in mining exploration and development and mining site rehabilitation and restoration techniques, and support for the development of Québec entrepreneurship.
The Government may, on the conditions it determines and on the recommendation of the Minister, order that a part, which it fixes, of any sum that would otherwise be credited to the general fund be credited to one of the components of the Fund.
An order under the second paragraph may take effect as of the start date of the fiscal year in which it is made.
The Minister may transfer an advance made to one component of the Fund to another.
2011, c. 16, s. 54; 2011, c. 18, s. 227.