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Vaudreuil-Dorion

Ericsson’s $1.3-billion investment showcases what Vaudreuil has to offer around the world: Pilon

  • Ericsson's investment will draw other companies to the area, says Vaudreuil Mayor Guy Pilon.
    Ericsson's investment will draw other companies to the area, says Vaudreuil Mayor Guy Pilon.
    Photo credit: Gazette file photo

As plans and preliminary work for the $1.3-billion Ericsson research and development centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion continues, Mayor Guy Pilon said he thinks the investment will draw more companies to locate in the region.

Pilon said one firm in particular has made anonymous inquiries with municipal officials, but said he did not have any more details.

“Whatever happens there, I’m sure Ericsson will change the face of the industrial park, we hope, and bring us companies who never thought about coming to Vaudreuil-Dorion,” he said.

Ideally, Pilon said he would like to see more high-tech companies moving into the area. “That’s why we were happy about Ericsson. Not only the money they bring, but the view it gives to Vaudreuil-Dorion all around the world,” he said.

Ericsson representatives were in Vaudreuil-Dorion this fall to discuss plans for the project, he said.

“I think they want to go forward this winter with the project. They are the ones who decide, but everything continues as planned,” Pilon said.

The Ericsson facility, which was announced in June, is scheduled to open in Vaudreuil-Dorion’s industrial park in 2015, and will employ about 100 people. It represents the largestever investment in Quebec’s tech sector.

The company will build a 40,000-square-metre complex, estimated to be as big as eight football fields.

The company will receive $30 million from the provincial government to cover some of the centre’s construction and operation costs.

Ericsson will also benefit from a lower Hydro-Québec rate and 10 years without income tax.

The Stockholm-based communications company employs about 3,100 people in Canada.

7 comments

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  2. By Vaudreuils' Guy Pilon Rocks

    Meanwhile here in St. Lazare our Tiny Perfect Mayor worries about trees, wetlands, bogs and bugs.
    Environmental issues over and above all else, and at all costs. Trees first, people second. Less people, less garbage.
    Let the poison ivy, hogweed, purple loosestrife, sumac and mosquitoes venture forth and multiply. Amen.

    • By Pilon Rocks ?

      If your vision includes ignoring environmental issues,poor urban planning, uncontrolled development, please feel free to move to Vaudreuil, I’m sure they’ll accommodate your views. Believe it or not most people agree that visually areas with trees and green spaces look better, the translates into increased property values. Green spaces help reduce heat island effects and reduce AC costs in the summer, provide some shielding from winds in winter which can translate into reduced heating costs, improve air quality but based on your comments I’m guessing you love smog (great for your health !), absorb runoff during spring and periods of heavy rain, recharge aquifers (guess where the drinking water in Saint-Lazare comes from, it doesn’t magically appear when you turn on the tap), reduce the risk for flash floods while also improving water quality, etc.

      Indeed “let the poison ivy, hogweed, purple loosestrife, sumac and mosquitoes venture forth and multiply” I’m sure you realized that most of these are species which are quite abundant in urban areas because they do well and generally increase in abundance in urbanized areas.

      Back to Vaudreuil, they build with no consideration for their own infrastructures, some of the main arteries being used are the same ones that were there when vaudreuil was a hole in the ground, just look at the mess that is Saint-Charles during rush hour… What could go wrong with uncontrolled development right ? Isn’t there a flood plain to go build on ? What about an area with high risks on landslides? Heat island effects, poor air quality, traffic, increased droughts, increased risks of flash flooding. Seems like a wonderful idea, maybe they should get a rubber stamp with approved on it to speed up the permitting right ?

  3. I’m not sure if it is ignorance or intellectual dishonesty that brings you to describe the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion in such a way.
    Who are you to talk about bad urban planning when speaking of Vaudreuil-Dorion? Do you know our planning? Have you ever inquired about our planning? No! You talk nonsense because you have no clue about our urban planning and base your assumptions on what you see along the highways!
    Yes, St-Chares is busy at certain hours and it will remain that way until motorists decide to use the bypass routes which we have planned or that already exist. For example, Henry-Ford, highways 40-30-20, route Harwood, etc.
    Are you aware of the significant environmental efforts that the city has made over the last 8 years? No! Let me enumerate a few of them. We are the only city in all of Vaudreuil-Soulanges that has an environment department. We collect green wastes three times more often than what is stated in the MRC’s plan. Each year, we hire a company to eradicate ragweed with environmentally friendly methods. We have acquired a land of over 500,000 sq. ft. to restrain development in the area; Canard Illimité now owns almost 2 millions square feet of land; we fought to prevent a developer from building in an area which we deem as fragile and have prevented, so far, the disappearing of what we consider a lake (Lac Chérie). We have a tree planting policy for each residence, moreover, the city plants more than 250 trees per year. We have reduced the number of parking spaces required by supermarkets in order to favor green spaces. We have a rainwater collection system which enables us to use the collected water for our different needs. Not one drop of drinking water is used anymore, by any of our services, either for street cleaning, watering grass and plants, etc. We have just acquired an island located in the middle of the rivière des Outaouais in order to ensure its preservation. I could go on naming several others… Not bad for a city which, you say, ignores the environment aspect ! Oh yes! I almost forgot, 67% of our territory is located in a green zone!
    Now, let’s talk development! Can you name three commercial arteries in Vaudreuil-Dorion? Boulevard de la Gare, Cité-des-Jeunes, in part, and one end of St-Charles! Yes, that is all that we have and when those developments are completed, that will be all!
    You talk about environmental issues… What is your take on the fact that people of the region no longer have to, or hardly ever, go on the Island of Montreal in order to receive services. Imagine the savings in greenhouse-effect gases and all! So do you think we have an environment vision? Where is the only intermodal station in Vaudreuil-Soulanges? Here in Vaudreuil-Dorion. How much do you think the city invests in public transportation? May I remind you that without Vaudreuil-Dorion, the Express A-40 would not exist and there would be no links to the Côte-Vertu subway station, not to mention the three other major express routes that connect us with Collège de Valleyfield, Collège John-Abbott and Collège Gérald-Godin, and many other that would not exist otherwise.
    If, for you, the environment only consists of trees and grass, I believe you should revisit YOUR environment vision! By the way, where do you do your shopping? Where do you get your services? Where do you go out? Do you know where the only athletics track and indoor tennis courts are in the region? Where is the CSSS currently building 85,000 sq. ft of offices in order to centralize all health services for the region? Where is the planned location for the future hospital? According to a survey conducted by the city of St-Lazare, where do their teens go with their ADObus to have a good time? Here in Vaudreuil-Dorion!
    You see, Sir, you are living proof that it is very easy to say whatever you want anonymously… What is less easy is to actually get your facts straight before publishing comments as you did, based on nothing, without checking any of things you stated, without even a phone call or any research!
    Finally, I just want to mention that property tax is almost the only way for cities to finance their activities. So if a city decides to keep everything green, it is its prerogative and no other city’s business. But in doing so, chances are high that in mid-to long-term, that would accelerate the decline in commercial businesses, which would translate in an inevitable increase in residential taxes.
    Guy Pilon, mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion
    (re-elected for a 3rd mandate)
    P.S. : All cities in the region are beautiful, but they are different, that’s what makes our charm. I signed my correspondence and would have appreciated if you had done the same!

    • By Joseph Alacchi

      Mr. Pilon, to loosely quote Dr. Zoidberg, your city’s public transportation is bad and you should feel bad. Until your buses run on the weekend, don’t tout that your administration cares about public transit. Furthermore, many busy streets including your beloved Boul de la Gare lack proper sidewalks. And yes, low-density industrial development is an urban planning and sustainability disaster by making it difficult to run bus service conveniently.

      Finally, assuming it is actually you, because, unfortunately, we cannot know, you’d do well not to insult those with differing opinions. You’re an elected official, act like one.

  4. By Gary Machado

    These are just comments made by someone online. Does it really warrant a response from the mayor? Probably not, if it bothers him that much then he might as well comment on every single newspaper article, tweet, Facebook posting or forum thread available online. Ignore it and move on.

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