SSQ continues expansion with construction of a complex at Place Charles-LeMoyne in Longueuil

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc. has made an offer to purchase a 4,000 m2 property at Place Charles-LeMoyne in Longueuil in order to build Tour SSQ, a real estate project worth over $55 million. SSQ Financial Group has until March 2013 to carry out the various analyses and studies needed to confirm its offer.

The construction of this 12- to 14-story tower, totalling 240,000 sq. ft., is in keeping with the City of Longueuil's revitalization effort in this high-potential sector as well as the sustainable development vision it wishes to implement. Extremely mindful of the environmental impacts of its real estate projects, SSQ stands out in the green building sector and is aiming to obtain a Gold LEED Certification for Tour SSQ.

With this new project, SSQ intends to promote synergies and maximize efficiency by bringing together all its employees currently located in the Greater Montreal area. The new building will also provide commercial space on the ground floor as well as office space above.

"This new real estate project is part of the planning of our spaces and aims to support the company's growth. Place Charles-LeMoyne is a strategic location for SSQ. A metro station, intermodal commuter rail terminal and significant regional road network located at the gateway to the Island of Montreal together with the City of Longueuil's vision of making this sector a lively, multi-purpose downtown area all combine to provide a strategic advantage," said René Hamel, Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Financial Group.

About SSQ Financial Group

With nearly $3 billion in annual revenue and over $10 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified financial institution in Canada.

The Group serves over one million clients and provides jobs to over 1,900 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's principal company, is recognized as a leader in the group insurance industry and as an expert in the investment retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group is also a rising star in home and auto insurance (SSQ General Insurance Company Inc.) and individual insurance with its new subsidiary, SSQ Insurance Company Inc.

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