Sustainable development

37th edition

From August 29th to September 2nd 2024

The FMG is aware of its environmental footprint and is committed to a structured approach with the aim of improving its practices. With the desire to reduce the environmental impact produced by the event, certain goals have been put in place for the year 2023.

2023 goals

  • Reduce single-use items
  • Further promote active and public transportation
  • Integrating new ways to raise awareness among festival-goers

Presenter of the eco-conscious component


Would you like to contribute to the environmentally friendly actions of the FMG? See the simple gestures you can do!

Choose public transit, active transportation or carpooling

Bike: Park your bike in our bike park at 1089 rue Jacques-Cartier.

Bus: Plan your trips at The hours of the bus route will be extended in the evening to accommodate the closing time of the FMG’s site.

Sort waste

Did you know that composting means halving the waste that will be sent to the landfill? Properly sort your waste in our recycling and composting bins.

Avoid printing your ticket

When you arrive at the site, show your ticket directly on your smartphone to avoid printing your ticket.

Get a Cupko drink in bars

Get a reusable glass with $2 deposit when you buy your drink in one of the Festival bars. Use it all evening, and bring it back before leaving to get your $2 back.

Bring your reusable water bottle

The waste that pollutes the least is the one that is not produced. Fill your reusable bottle at one of our drinking water stations and reduce the consumption of plastic bottles

Some of our actions

  • Installation of 200 recycling bins and several organic material recovery bins on the Festival’s site
  • Digital shift with the implementation of the electronic pass (with QR code) to eliminate the distribution of more than 50,000 plastic bracelets
  • Banning disposable straws
  • Introduction of Cupko glasses in Festival bars to eliminate single-use cups
  • Over 80% of the FMG’s suppliers are local
  • Donation of surplus food to local charities that work with people in need
  • Obligation for food concessions to serve meals and drinks in recyclable, compostable or reusable dishes
  • Free bike park
  • Extension of the operating hours of the STO to ensure the return of festival-goers at the end of the shows
  • Reduction in the use of generators by permanent electrical panels providing access to clean energy to power the majority of the equipment
  • Reduction of paper consumption in the production and distribution of communication and promotional tools (electronic newsletters, volunteer thank you cards and virtual Christmas cards, online registrations and purchases, electronic tickets, etc.)
  • Reusing the previous editions’ bannering to prevent reprinting every year
  • Drinking water points available to festival-goers
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility: paved paths, adapted toilets, reserved spaces in the paid parking lot, reduced mobility platform with a view of the main stage
  • Information displayed in French and English, both on the website and social media and on the display on the site
  • Free access for children aged 10 and under
  • Membership of the Leisure Accompaniment Card (CAL) and Access2 programs: free entry for an accompanying person of a person aged 11 or over with a disability or mental health problem and who needs help on an outing
  • Smoke-free family zones
  • Three information booths on the Festival site to answer questions from festival-goers

Social and citizen involvement

  • Donation of FMG passes to local organizations; cash rebates to organizations for their participation in the event by managing the bars, collecting refundable containers or validating tickets at the entrances; cash rebates (over $64K in 2023) to partner organizations to enable them to reinvest in their respective missions; loan of venues, equipment and human resources to various causes
  • Enable over 600 artists and craftspeople to work and perform during the FMG, including both established and emerging artists, notably by awarding a prize at the regional finals of Secondaire en spectacle
  • Helping to bring life to the neighbourhood and the city of Gatineau by taking part in neighbourhood celebrations and contributing to events
  • Partnerships with over 200 local businesses

Thank you to our green partners!

  • Irokko
  • STO
  • Ville de Gatineau
  • Enviro-ÉducAction
  • SAQ