April 6, 2018 2:59 pm
Updated: April 6, 2018 5:30 pm

$5 billion to be invested in Quebec’s food industry

WATCH: The Quebec government unveiled its first-ever bio-food policy, complete with an ambitious food policy set to unfold over the next seven years. Global's Dan Spector reports.

A A

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard unveiled the province’s first-ever bio-food policy Friday morning, complete with an ambitious food policy that would unfold over the next seven years.

READ MORE: Is buying organic really worth it?

Story continues below

The plan is to inject $5 billion into Quebec’s food industry over five years, with half of that money coming from the federal government.

READ MORE: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: 2017’s list of fruits, vegetables with the most pesticides

As a result of this investment, the government said it expects billions of dollars to flow into the industry from the private sector.

READ MORE: How much of your budget should you spend on groceries?

The announcement was made at Quinn Farm in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, just west of Montreal.

WATCH BELOW: To buy organic or not buy organic?

The government said it has been working on this policy for a long time, consulting many in the industry, including farmers, restaurateurs and store owners.

READ MORE: Food bank visits spike across Canada

“Healthier food, more bio [organic], more [education] at school on food and the choices [kids] will have to make all their life on food,” Couillard said.

“And again, putting consumers and producers in close contact.”

He pointed out the aim is for there to be better education in schools so children from an early age can understand where their food comes from.

READ MORE: Average Canadian family to spend $420 more on food in 2017: report

There are also plans to give more money to the farming and fishing industries, create efforts to ensure food is grown ethically and responsibly, and better promotion of Quebec-made food.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.