May 31, 2021 – Quebec City, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Quebec’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced that businesses under organic production or in transition to organic production are now also eligible for the increase in the maximum assistance granted under the Advisory Services Program to simplify access to assistance measures and to increase the impact on agricultural and agri-food businesses.
The Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) wanted to better respond to the needs of the evolving agricultural sector and the popularity of the Advisory Services Program. Businesses under organic production or in transition to organic production have thus been added to the groups that were already entitled to the increase in maximum assistance from $30,000 to $40,000, namely start-ups and next-generation businesses.
In addition, the terms ‘organic certification’ and ‘organic conversion’ have been added to the program’s definitions in order to qualify this particular group of businesses.
These changes are intended to support the implementation of the 2018-2025 Bio-food Policy – Feeding Our World, which advocates continuing to grow the organic sector and support the development of successful, sustainable businesses.