Quebec – Following the renewal of the Programme Proximité until 2022, Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and André Lamontagne, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, announced the first request for proposals. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, this program, with a budget of $8 million over five years, is intended to bring agricultural producers and artisanal processors closer to consumers. It supports the development and consolidation of collective marketing initiatives in the community and also assists companies that wish to better position themselves in these markets.
The Programme Proximité supports the application of the 2018–2025 bio-food policy, Feeding Our World, by contributing to the development of the regions’ attractiveness. It is consistent with one of the Policy's courses of action, supporting the development of initiatives related to local marketing and gourmet tourism. In addition, the bio-food policy identifies local markets as one of the growth vectors on which Quebec must focus.Source : Government Of Canada