Joint assistance from Ottawa and Quebec to help Quebec farmers affected by extraordinary hail events in 2017
December 15, 2017 – Saint-Félicien, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
A number of hail events resulted in significant damage to farm operations this summer, beyond what has been seen in recent years. In assistance to farmers who have incurred extraordinary expenses, Governments of Canada and Quebec are offering up to $13 million through the 2017 Canada-Quebec Hail Assistance Initiative, offered under the AgriRecovery program as part of the Growing Forward 2. This assistance is allocated to the affected regions of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches and Montérégie.
Richard Hébert, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, made the announcement, emphasizing that this was an exceptional measure in response to an extraordinary situation. They also indicated that the assistance being offered does not in any way replace the crop insurance coverage that is available to farmers. Rather, the assistance is intended to support farm businesses that have incurred extraordinary expenses related to this weather event and not covered by existing programs.
"The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches and Montérégie regions were hit hard by last summer"s hail events. When I visited farms to survey the damage, I said to the farmers that I would help them. The Canada-Quebec Hail Assistance Initiative will enable farm businesses to recover from this weather disaster that battered their fields."
- Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec
"I am proud that the governments of Canada and Quebec are implementing a joint initiative that will enable grain and horticultural producers in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and the other Québec regions to cover the additional costs required to compensate for losses caused by the hail storms and the accompanying winds and flooding. This initiative will help the farmers resume operations and continue driving our economy."
- Richard Hébert, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean
"In Quebec, the agriculture sector is an important for the economy. Without financial assistance to help farm businesses deal with extraordinary weather events, farmers can find themselves in a difficult position. This assistance will allow farmers to cover extraordinary expenses, such as the costs of pumping water out of fields or planting a cover crop. This assistance will be beneficial for farmers in the affected areas as they restart their production activities."
- Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In 2017, several extraordinarily intense hail events occurred in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Montérégie, Chaudière-Appalaches, and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions, completely destroying crops in some cases and causing damage to farm infrastructure.
A total of up to $13 million will be dedicated to the 2017 Canada-Quebec Hail Assistance Initiative, with the Government of Canada contributing 60% of the funding and the Government of Quebec contributing 40%.
The Government of Quebec has given La Financière agricole du Québec (FADQ) the mandate to administer and manage the 2017 Canada-Quebec Hail Assistance Initiative. The application deadline is February 28, 2018. Crop insurance coverage is not required in order to be eligible for this initiative.
In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture reached agreement in principle on the key elements of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment that will set a solid foundation for the future of Canada"s farmers and food processors, and continue to help them grow, innovate and prosper. The Partnership is set to launch on April 1, 2018.
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