Canada Economic Development



Canada Economic Development

August 14, 2013 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Maintains Support for Development of Quebec's Peat Moss Industry

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 14, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced that the partnership with the Quebec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ) has been renewed. The three-year funding agreement will enable the organization, which is based in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, to implement its 2012-2015 strategic action plan.

"The pursuit of our collaboration with the APTHQ is in line with the Government of Canada's efforts to facilitate access to foreign markets and help our enterprises take full advantage of that access," said Minister Lebel.

Founded in 1964, the APTHQ brings together industry stakeholders around a common action plan aimed at stimulating the growth of Quebec's peat moss industry on the international stage.

The financial support from Canada Economic Development will allow the organization to improve the services it offers its members. To that end, a coordinator of scientific research recently joined the association team to oversee development of new products and technologies for the industry. A market development support service will also be in place to ensure activities are carried out promoting Quebec's peat-based products and the know-how of its producers on external markets.

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This assistance, granted in the form of a $236,250 non-repayable financial contribution, has been awarded through Canada Economic Development's Quebec Economic Development Program.

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