46.0.5. The issue of the authorization is subject to the payment of a financial contribution, the amount of which is established in accordance with a government regulation, to compensate for adverse effects on the wetlands and bodies of water concerned in the case of the following activities:
(1) drainage and pipe work;
(2) clearing and filling activities;
(3) ground preparation work, in particular if it requires stripping, excavation, earthwork or destruction of vegetation cover; or
(4) any other activity determined by government regulation.
If a financial contribution is payable, the Minister may allow applicants, at their request and in cases provided for by government regulation, to replace all or part of the payment of the contribution by work carried out to restore or create wetlands and bodies of water, subject to the conditions, restrictions and prohibitions set out in the authorization. In such cases, the Minister shall give priority to work within the watershed where the adversely affected settings are situated.
In all cases, before issuing the authorization, the Minister shall inform applicants of the amount of the financial contribution they will be required to pay.
A financial contribution referred to in this section is paid into the Fund for the Protection of the Environment and the Waters in the Domain of the State established under section 15.4.38 of the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (chapter M-30.001) and is used to finance a program developed under section 15.8 of the Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and to promote better governance of water and associated environments (chapter C-6.2).