QUEBECJune 17, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region, Mr André Lamontagne, and the Minister for Education, Mr Jean-François Roberge, announce the award of a $641,000 grant to the AgrÉcoles organization. With this amount, the educational project L’agroalimentaire s’invite à l’école (AAIE) can be continued in nine additional schools.

The AAIE program aims to make children aware of the realities of the agricultural world. In this way they become aware of the importance of eating better, while they become acquainted with the products from Quebec and the importance of consuming locally.

The allocated funds will be used to equip and support these schools in the first year of implementation of the AAIE program during the 2022-2023 school year. The school teams will thus be able to take responsibility for the program by carrying out most of the activities it encompasses and by developing the partnerships necessary to ensure its sustainability.

It should be noted that the aim of AgrÉcoles’ support is to transfer the teaching materials and learning acquired during the implementation of the AAIE program in the Louis-de-France in 2019. Ultimately, the experiences in the supported schools will allow lessons to be drawn to consolidate the implementation of the AAIE program in several other schools in Quebec.

The program was first implemented in 2021-2022 as part of a pilot project.


“For three years, AgrÉcoles, with the help of our government and with its expertise, has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of primary schools in Quebec. More agri-food activities were desired. With the program agri-food concepts are now directly integrated into the regular school curriculum. I am proud that there are now 17 schools that can benefit from this. In this way we ensure that our young people adopt a healthy lifestyle very early on and we stimulate their curiosity about the agri-food industry. AgrÉcoles’ mission is directly in line with our government’s desire to accelerate the ecological shift and promote sustainable food self-sufficiency across the country. By promoting awareness and education, we help to achieve our ambitions. †

André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region

“School is more than a school environment. It also enables you to live concrete experiences of life. Thanks to the AAIE program, thousands of primary school students will experience the satisfaction of having sowed their own vegetable garden, tending their shoots, harvesting their vegetables and finally cooking and tasting the fruits of their labor. This exercise is a wonderful opportunity to teach students the values ​​of autonomy, sharing and perseverance. I greet the school team of École Louis-de-France, instigator of this educational initiative. By sharing her knowledge and experiences with other schools, she shows a remarkable and communicative sense of community. †

Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education

“Agrifood is a fascinating world that enables children to look at life in a different way. At AgrÉcoles, we want children to be aware of all the potential the Earth has to offer to provide them with the necessary tools that will help them build a greener, richer and tastier future. †

Julia Greniergeneral manager of AgrÉcoles


Government aid is distributed as follows:

  • The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) will contribute $475,500;
  • The Department of Education (MEQ) will contribute $165,500.

Financial support for AgrÉcoles will enable:

  • To support nine new pilot schools in the various activities related to the first year of implementation of the program and in developing the autonomy of these schools:
    • down-Saint Laurent
      Sister Rachel School-fournierSt. Moses
      Saint-Leandre School, Saint-Leandre
    • National capital (portneuf
      lighthouse school, Deschambault
      School St. Charles-from-gurnardgurnard
      goeland school, St. Albania
      white boat school, St. Casimiro
    • Centre-du-Quebec
      La Sapinière School, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton
    • Mauricie
      School Val MarieThree Rivers
    • Montreal
      School of the first letters, Plateau Mont-Royal

In September 2021, AgrÉcoles was awarded $331,000 in funding for the implementation of the educational project in seven schools in Quebec.

At the end of the program L’agroalimentaire s’invite à l’école, whose activities are distributed from kindergarten 4 years to 6e year, the student has acquired notions related to:

    • Diet and Healthy Lifestyle:
      • Improving the nutritional quality and diversity of the student diet;
    • Agriculture and agri-food:
      • Discover Quebec’s agri-food history and related professions;
      • Creating and maintaining agri-food areas around the school;
      • Promote the teaching of basic techniques of ecological agriculture in horticulture;
      • Provide opportunities to learn about the origin, production and transformation processes of food and the journey from land to table;
    • Area :
      • Awareness of students through civic education of the area and lasting change;
      • Compost;
    • Community involvement:
      • Develop a community that is knowledgeable about gardening and active in its community;
    • Entrepreneurship:
      • Develop entrepreneurial skills in the agri-food sector.

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SOURCE Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

For more information: Alexandra Houde, press attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region, Tel. : 418 380-2525; Florent Tanlet, Press Attaché and Strategic Advisor, Cabinet of the Minister of Education, [email protected]

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