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Support for Diversification and Regional Development

Eligibility

The Program to Support Diversification and Regional Development has four components, each with specific eligibility criteria.

Component 1: Diversification Support

The project must aim to diversify some farming activity that could be growth-generating for your region and develop existing products and services or operate new ones.

A project is not eligible if:

  • It is based on the primary production of a product covered by the Farm Income Stabilization Insurance Program;
  • It involves a product under supply management, including maple syrup;
  • It is submitted by an operation working in the production sectors of Grain Corn, Soybeans or Potatoes or for the purpose of purchasing land, a tractor or other self-propelled machinery.

Note that these restrictions do not apply to projects involving conversion to organic agriculture.

Examples:

  • Eligible project: a sheep operation seeking to process meat from its lambs into deli products (sausages, pâté, etc.);
  • Non-eligible project: a market garden operation seeking to acquire a sugarbush to diversify its activities.

Eligible clients:

  • Farm business;
  • Agro-processing business;
  • Goods and services business, 50% or more of which is owned by persons engaged in agriculture;
  • New business whose gross farm income is expected to reach at least $30,000 within three years after the project's planned implementation.

For a diversification project to be eligible, you must also:

  • Submit a business or commercialization plan;
  • Agree to allow the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) to monitor the project for at least the first three years after its implementation;
  • Agree to get support services to help implement the project, if we think it is necessary.

Component 2: Land Improvement Support

The project must aim to improve the business's farmland, for example, by installing or repairing a drainage system, replanting fallow land or making a major correction to the soil's acidity.

Eligible clients:

  • Farm business;
  • New business whose gross farm income is expected to reach at least $30,000 within three years after the project's planned implementation;
  • Farm business whose project is located in the RCM identified by MAPAQ.

For a land improvement project to be eligible, you must also:

  • Submit a partial budget (or minor investment plan) that presents an annual forecast for at least three years, indicating the income, expenses, loans and investments related to the project. The document must be prepared by an advisor recognized by La Financière agricole, MAPAQ or the Réseaux Agriconseils;
  • For soil acidity correction projects: submit a diagnostic analysis prepared by an advisor recognized by La Financière agricole, MAPAQ or the Réseaux Agriconseils;
  • For drainage work: submit a plan drawn up by an engineer.

Component 3: Support for Greenhouse Operations

This component aims to financially support greenhouse operations in investment projects to develop their production or increase their productivity.

Eligible clients:

  • An existing greenhouse operation;
  • A new greenhouse operation whose gross farm income is expected to reach at least $30,000 within three years after the project's planned implementation.

For a project to be eligible, you must also:

  • Submit a business or commercialization plan;
  • Agree to allow MAPAQ to monitor the project for at least the first three years after its implementation;
  • Agree to get support services to help implement the project, if we think it is necessary.

Component 4: Support for Milk-Fed Calf Operations

This component aims to financially support milk-fed calf operations through investment projects that develop their production or improve their productivity. It also seeks to improve the cash flow in the business or reorient its operations to another production.

Eligible clients:

  • Milk-fed calf operations in production in 2015.

For a project to be eligible, the operation must also:

  • Have an action plan. At the request of the agency, the plan must be supported by a diagnostic analysis and prepared by an advisor accredited by MAPAQ;
  • agree to let MAPAQ possibly monitor the project for at least the first three years of its implementation;
  • agree to get support services to help implement the project if FADQ deems it necessary.

Through farm advisory services, called the Réseaux Agriconseils, MAPAQ offers programs to financially support farmers interested in using professional consulting services. Inquire at the Réseau Agriconseils office in your area.