Regional development and environmental protection: Ottawa and Quebec to provide financial assistance to Jardins Tomates et Camomille
August 19, 2019 – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are each providing financial assistance, for a total of $30,791, to Les Jardins Tomates et Camomille, a farm business in Rouyn-Noranda.
Programme Territoires: Relève, entrepreneuriat et entreprises de petite taille
The company will receive $25,000 under the Quebec government’s Programme Territoires: Relève, entrepreneuriat et entreprises de petite taille [Territories program: Next generation, entrepreneurship and small-scale businesses]. The goal of this program is to ensure that rural areas remain attractive as places to live, work and invest in and to support a dynamic bio-food sector in all the regions of Quebec.
A grant of $5,791 is being provided from component 1, agri-environmental interventions by farm businesses, of the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) Prime-Vert program, under the Canada-Quebec Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement. The objective of the Prime-Vert program is to help farm businesses and other stakeholders in the bio-food industry to take environmental protection into consideration in their operations, which is one of the fundamental principles of sustainable development.
These investments attest to the government’s commitment to support the establishment of new farm businesses in the regions. The bio-food sector contributes to the development, growth and attractiveness of rural regions, in keeping with the 2018–2025 Bio-food Policy – Feeding Our World. The establishment of Jardins Tomates et Camomille in Abitibi-Témiscamingue thus contributes to the development and vitality of the region, in addition to supporting the regional economy and providing the public with access to healthy, locally grown food.
“Farming revitalization and environment are at the heart of our Government’s priorities. By helping producers to implement actions that benefit the environment, we are ensuring that agricultural development is carried out in a sustainable manner and that the sector stays at the heart of the economy in our regions.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“The territory of Abitibi-Témiscamingue covers a vast area and the land is rich, with good agricultural potential, while land prices are affordable. This land is a precious resource. We must strive to take care of it and keep it healthy, both for ourselves and for future generations. Supporting initiatives that integrate sustainable development into the production of our food, such as Jardins Tomates et Camomille, is a priority for our government. Helping partners in the bio-food sector to preserve our environment while remaining competitive is an action that we are taking for our children, while also stimulating investment in the region.”
- André Lamontagne, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
The Programme Territoires: Relève, entrepreneuriat et entreprises de petite taille is divided into two components:
- Component 1: Support for the next generation and for agricultural entrepreneurship;
- Component 2: Consolidation of small-scale businesses.
For 2019–2020, the Programme Territoires: Priorités bioalimentaires [bio-food priorities] has a budget of $3.5 million from the Quebec government.
The Prime-Vert program is intended for farm businesses or organizations, depending on the component, recognized by MAPAQ.
For 2019–2020, the Prime-Vert program has a budget of nearly $25 million from the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada.
The Canada-Quebec Agreement on the implementation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership provides for a total of $293 million in funding from the Government of Canada (60%) and the Government of Quebec (40%) over a five-year period, from 2018 to 2023. This agreement supports strategic initiatives that will help the sectors to grow, innovate and prosper.
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