The Legault government plans to inject $ 247.2 million by the end of its 2022-2023 fiscal year to support Quebec production and local purchasing.
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“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of promoting local purchasing,” wrote the Ministry of Finance in its budget update released Thursday. Whether for food or to support local retailers.
The lion’s share of the envelope, $ 157.2 million, will be used to increase Quebec’s food self-sufficiency and to support the greenhouse industry.
The government mentions that this money will be used in particular to promote food produced and processed here, to increase the productivity of businesses and to improve local production.
Over the past few months, the government has repeatedly stressed the importance of becoming more independent from a food point of view.
“We want to have greater food autonomy. It means having more products “made in Quebec”, less imported products. We were worried during the spring of no longer receiving, among other things, fruits and vegetables, ”François Legault indicated in August.
Help for city centers
Of the $ 247 million, $ 50 million will be used to support the revival of downtown areas where several businesses are suffering from declines in traffic caused in particular by the increase in teleworking and the drop in tourism.
The money, the payments of which will be spread over two years, will aim to support traders as well as hoteliers. The main lines of this initiative will eventually be presented by the Ministry of the Economy.
The government also wishes to support businesses wishing to source more from Quebec suppliers. The aim is to improve local supply chains. As part of its update, Quebec says it wants to invest $ 40 million over two years.
Details of this program will also be revealed at a later date.