Thousands on the move across Quebec
Tens of thousands of Quebecers are spending the day packing their belongings into trucks and vans and moving them to new homes as part of the province's annual moving day.
July 1 is moving day for many people in Quebec because it is the start day for many leases.
About 70,000 people will move July 1, according to Jean-Pierre Leblanc with the Quebec Rental Board. He said that number represents just under 10 per cent of the province's renting tenants.
Leblanc said the rental board has a hotline open to help movers who have questions or run into problems.
Hydro-Québec is also offering to help movers, by taking away their old fridges or freezers.
As part of its recycling program called Recyc-Frigo, the company sends movers to pick up unwanted but working appliances and recycles them.
Louis-Olivier Batty with Hydro-Québec said they have already picked up more then 300,000 appliances since the program launched.
"The metal and the plastics are recycled and we also extract all the gases in the refrigerating system so we make sure it's destroyed completely so it doesn't go in the environment," Batty said.
He said the appliance must be more than 10-years-old, still plugged in, and have a capacity of between 10 and 25 cubic feet.
If your fridge or freezer doesn't meet those requirements, Alan DeSousa, an executive committee member for the City of Montreal, said there are eco-centres around the city that accept unwanted appliances.
"With appliances or with electronic waste, there are often ecologically acceptable ways of dealing with it so they don't wind up in landfills and contaminate soil or groundwater," he said.