The truth: one farm in five has a successor and not one in three, as a Liberal candidate said

The right time: one in five farms has a replacement, not one in three , as one Liberal candidate put it

MISE & Agrave; DAY

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The electoral caravan of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) was in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, in Montérégie, on Wednesday to present its agricultural plan. Regarding succession in the field, the PLQ candidate in Huntingdon and owner of an agricultural business, Jean-Claude Poissant, said: “The succession is extremely important. Why? Currently, we have about 28,000 farms, and one in three has an appointed successor.”


The right time: one in five farms has a replacement and not a three, as one Liberal candidate put it

However, the farmer is wrong about the number of agricultural businesses and the percentage of farms with a succession in Quebec.

In fact, the province instead has 29,380 agricultural businesses, according to data from Statistics Canada's 2021 Census of Agriculture.

Of this number, only 5,793 farms have at least one successor. among their owners, which represents 19.7% of farms.

In addition, a portrait of the next generation of farmers produced in 2016 by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Quebec (MAPAQ) shows that only 22% of agricultural businesses in Quebec had at least one member of the next generation. Between 2016 and 2021, there was therefore a decline of just over 2%.

The MAPAQ defines as successor members all agricultural entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who own at least 1 % of shares in an agricultural business in Quebec.

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