The government of Canada and the government of Quebec announced the new ministerial initiative on agri-food action/prevention
June 14, 2021 – Quebec City, Québec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced the creation of the Ministerial Initiative on Agri-Food Action/Prevention (MIAAP) for the management of health and food risks, which will remain in effect until March 1, 2023.
This $6-million initiative, funded under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, aims to help organizations and businesses in Quebec’s agri-food sector to adopt good health and food risk management and control practices. It relies on prevention to strengthen the resilience of the agri-food sector in targeted areas.
MIAAP was designed to encourage collective projects and to meet the needs of small businesses. It will be open to new types of applicants. Not-for-profit organizations and small food-processing businesses have been added to the target recipients and will be able to submit projects.
Depending on the component, financial assistance may reach 60% to 75% of eligible expenses. Each applicant can receive a maximum of $50,000 for the duration of MIAAP.
MIAAP is part of the implementation of the 2018-2025 Bio-Food Policy – Feeding Our World, which aims to increase the share of Quebec agricultural enterprises and food-processing businesses that have implemented responsible business practices.
“Agri-food entrepreneurs make constant efforts to ensure the safety and security of their facilities and, therefore, to protect the supply chain. It is essential for us to continue to support them in their efforts to offer high-quality products and to ensure the continuity of operations that feed the people of Quebec and the economy.
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“I am delighted with the creation of this initiative, which will enable companies in the agri-food sector to meet the highest quality standards in terms of health and safety. In the context of increasing our food autonomy, it is all the more important to make sure that the food we produce is safe. Consumers, who are always at the heart of our decisions, also care deeply about the safety of the food they consume. MIAAP will therefore benefit everyone and make our supply chain stronger and our businesses more competitive.”
- André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region
MIAAP replaces the Support Program for the Establishment of Food Safety, Bio-security, Traceability and Animal Health and Welfare Systems, which contributed more than $4.4 million to fund 1,762 projects.
Its launch and the opening of the first project submission periods are scheduled for June 15.
The themes targeted by MIAAP are:
- Animal health;
- Animal welfare;
- Plant health;
- Food safety;
- Traceability; and
- Emergency measures.
MIAAP has three components:
- Component 1: Support for the dissemination of knowledge on best practices for management and control of health and food risks;
- Component 2: Support for the design of tools for management and control of health and food risks;
- Component 3: Support for compliance with standards and the adoption of best practices for the management and control of health and food risks.
Projects submitted under component 3 must be accompanied by a diagnosis or a self-diagnosis of the company’s health risk management and control practices.
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 5-year period, from 2018 to 2023.
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