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.