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Agri-food development

Chantier d'accès à la terre - Toolbox

The Chantier d’accès à la terre was created by the CLD of Brome-Missisquoi’s Agri-Food Development Strategic Plan 2021-2023. The project grew from a desire to work toward a longer legacy for farmlands in MRC Brome-Missisquoi and support prosperity and sustainability for farming businesses in the region. This initiative centres on two strategic priorities:

  • Facilitate access to agricultural land by diversifying the range of legal possibilities for the establishment of agricultural projects;
  • Protect and optimize agricultural land by innovating in the welcoming and support of projects.

That’s why we decided to assemble a team of researchers and multi-disciplinary professionals in order to identify alternative forms of farm ownership. This team worked from September 2021 to December 2022 creating a toolbox to make it easier for young farmers to get started in our region by using one of five alternative forms of farm ownership.

After the toolbox is launched, it will be approved and distributed to local stakeholders. Informational sessions and workshops will also be made available, allowing the toolbox to develop based on the community’s discussions and needs.

Project phases

Grant applications to MAMH and Montérégie’s agri-food development sectoral agreement

Fall 2020

Funding received

Spring 2021

Project launched

September 2021

Professional team assembled

January 2022

Legal research

January to December 2022

Writing of the toolbox

July to November 2022

Formatting of the toolbox

December 2022

Phase 2 – Testing applicability of concepts

In progress – July 2023 to December 2024

Sustainable, accessible, viable models

This toolbox contains five simplified proposals for farm ownership other than renting or regular ownership, highlighting that ownership and the benefits of ownership are not limited to regular, full and complete ownership.

Our proposals can be used for a wide range of farming projects and are the product of collaborations between specialists in agroeconomics, law, business administration and land management.

We hope that our proposals will inspire you to try doing things differently. Hopefully, by simplifying the complex legal ideas around ownership, we can help you better understand it so you can find and implement a form of ownership that meets your needs and situation.