Ottawa and Quebec Announce Investment of $25 Million – Competitiveness, Productivity and Efficiency of the Agri-Food Industry
Posted on: June 29, 2018 11:21 am
June 28, 2018 – Quebec City – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec have announced the renewal of the Programme de développement sectoriel [sector development program] (PDS). A budget of $25 million is allocated for the 2018-2023 period, funded by Ottawa and by Quebec.
Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri‑Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, made the announcement, noting that the program is intended to help stakeholders in the various agri-food sectors to work together to increase collaboration in order to carry out important collective projects that address development issues.
The PDS guides or repositions the efforts of the sectors according to a common vision through the implementation of sector strategic planning. It also promotes the coordination of priority projects and collaboration among the various partners of the agri-food sectors. Stakeholders will work together to determine priorities in selecting the projects that will enable them to achieve their development objectives.
This program has two components:
- Component 1: Support for sector planning and collaboration;
- Component 2: Support for sector development.
By promoting value chain development in order to meet the various needs of the markets and consumers both at home and abroad, the PDS 2018-2023 supports the objectives of Quebec’s 2018-2025 Bio-Food Policy – Feeding Our World.
“The agriculture and food sector is a key driver of the country’s economic growth. Our government is proud to support the collaboration and mobilization of Quebec farmers and processors around a common vision and projects that deliver innovation, growth and prosperity for their sector. This investment will help strengthen our economy and create good jobs for the middle class.”
– Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri‑Food
“This program supports the government’s approach of sector-based development, a priority for the implementation of the Bio-Food Policy. Production conditions, competition, the range of products and high consumer expectations are resulting in an increasingly demanding business environment; it is essential that the sectors be able to work together to address these concerns. The agri-food sector is an innovative, job‑creating sector which mobilizes the regions of Quebec.”
– Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
The SDP 2018-2023 was revised in order to ensure continuity with the previous program. The key changes made to the program are aimed at providing greater accessibility for the smallest sectors, and at better recognizing the different contributions (time) of the people involved in project delivery. Administrative measures have also been added to provide better support to the sectors.
The Canada-Quebec Implementation Agreement of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents funding from the federal government and the provincial government totalling $293 million over a five-year period, from 2018 to 2023. This agreement supports strategic initiatives that will help the sectors to grow, innovate and prosper, with 60% of the funding coming from the federal government and 40% from the Government of Quebec.
The program stems from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership replaced Growing Forward 2 on April 1, 2018.
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Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Office of the Quebec Minister Fisheries and Food