M-14 - Act respecting the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation

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chapter M-14
Act respecting the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation
AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOODDecember 21 1979January 24 1980
1979, c. 77, s. 1.
DIVISION I
THE MINISTER AND HIS FUNCTIONS
1. The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, designated in this Act as the “Minister”, has the direction and administration of the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 1; 1973, c. 22, s. 2; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1979, c. 77, s. 2.
1.1. The Minister may delegate the exercise of the powers conferred on him by this Act or by another Act under his administration to a person employed by his department.
The Minister may, in writing, authorize the subdelegation of specified powers.
The Minister may also delegate the exercise of such powers to a senior officer of a public agency or to a person employed by that agency, after consulting with its chief executive officer.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 1.
2. The functions, powers and duties of the Minister shall be the following:
(1)  he shall devise policies and measures respecting the production, processing, distribution, marketing and use of agricultural, aquatic or food products, in particular with a view to fostering sustainable development, and see to their implementation;
(1.1)  he shall devise and ensure the updating of a guide to agricultural practices, in cooperation with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and see to its distribution;
(2)  he shall effect or cause to be effected, for the purposes contemplated in paragraph 1, research, studies, inquiries and inventories;
(3)  he shall establish, on the conditions he determines, the advisory or technical committees necessary to elaborate or carry out the policies and measures contemplated in paragraph 1;
(4)  he shall have the supervision of agricultural schools or colleges, model farms, beet sugar factories receiving government grants, permanent agricultural exhibition committees, horticultural societies and institutions for teaching agriculture;
(5)  he shall have the power to make, out of the funds placed at his disposal, when he deems it advisable, and under such conditions as he thinks necessary to impose, loans of money, grants and advances to agricultural societies, syndicates, cooperatives and other institutions formed for the purpose of furthering the interests of agriculture;
(6)  he may, for the purposes contemplated in paragraphs 1 and 2 and under such conditions as he determines, make loans, grants or advances;
(6.1)  he may make grants for the carrying out of drainage works to any agency responsible for the administration of a territory for municipal purposes, and have land improvements executed by day labour or by contract of enterprise;
(6.2)  he shall be responsible for making the entries in the register of rights granted on lands in the domain of the State under his authority. He may order the keeping of any new register;
(7)  he shall fulfil the other duties and exercise the other powers determined by the Government;
(8)  he shall be responsible for promoting and assisting the racehorse breeding, horse racing and racehorse training industry; in particular, he may, for these purposes and on the conditions he determines, grant purses, subsidies, loans or advances, pay premiums, allowances or indemnities or carry out or commission improvement, development or equipment work.
The Minister may, with the authorization of the Government, acquire by agreement, lease or expropriate any immovable property or real right necessary for the carrying out of his duties.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 2; 1968, c. 68, s. 20; 1972, c. 54, s. 15; 1973, c. 22, s. 3; 1979, c. 77, s. 3; 1982, c. 13, s. 59; 1982, c. 26, s. 304; 1982, c. 13, s. 58; 1984, c. 16, s. 59; 1987, c. 23, s. 76; 1987, c. 103, s. 130; 1993, c. 26, s. 42; 1993, c. 39, s. 76; 1993, c. 51, s. 72; 1994, c. 16, s. 50; 1996, c. 26, s. 71; 1997, c. 70, s. 5; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 1999, c. 43, s. 13; 1999, c. 36, s. 158; 2003, c. 8, s. 6; 2003, c. 19, s. 250; 2005, c. 8, s. 1; 2005, c. 28, s. 195, s. 196; 2006, c. 3, s. 35; 2009, c. 26, s. 109; 2013, c. 28, s. 201; 2021, c. 32021, c. 3, s. 73.
The Minister of Finance exercises the functions of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food concerning the promotion of and assistance to racehorse breeding, horse racing and racehorse training industry as contemplated in subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph of this section. Order in Council 821-2019 dated 14 August 2019, (2019) 151 G.O. 2 (French), 3788.
3. The Minister shall lay before the National Assembly, within 15 days of the opening of each session, a detailed report of his activities during the preceding fiscal year.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 4.
4. The Minister may inquire personally, or authorize in writing any competent person to inquire in his place, into the behaviour of any employee under his direction and any business relating to the administration or management of his department.
The Minister or the person delegated by him shall have, in such case and for the purposes of such inquiry, all the powers mentioned in sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C-37), except the power to order imprisonment.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 5; 1992, c. 61, s. 401.
5. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 6; 1982, c. 13, s. 60.
6. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 7; 1982, c. 13, s. 60.
DIVISION II
ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT
R. S. 1964, c. 101, Div. II; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 2.
7. The Government shall appoint a deputy minister to the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 8; 1973, c. 22, s. 5; 1979, c. 77, s. 4.
8. Under the direction of the Minister, the Deputy Minister shall administer the department.
The Deputy Minister shall also exercise any other function assigned to him by the Minister or the Government.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 9; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 3.
9. The orders of the deputy minister must be carried out in the same manner as those of the Minister; his authority shall be that of the incumbent minister of the department and his official signature shall give force and authority to any document within the jurisdiction of the department.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 10; 1978, c. 15, s. 140.
10. The Government shall also appoint, in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1), all other officers and employees required for the proper administration of the department.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 11; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 14, s. 81; 1978, c. 15, s. 140; 1983, c. 55, s. 161.
11. The respective duties of the officers and employees of the department not expressly regulated by law or by the Government shall be determined by the Minister.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 12.
DIVISION III
GENERAL PROVISIONS
12. No deed, document or writing is binding on or attributable to the Minister unless it is signed by the Minister, the Deputy Minister or any other person determined by regulation of the Minister.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 13; 1973, c. 22, s. 6; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 4.
13. A document or copy of a document from the department or forming part of the archives of the department, signed or certified by a person contemplated in section 12 as a true copy, is authentic.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 14; 1984, c. 16, s. 60; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 5.
14. The officer authorized by the Minister for that purpose may, at any reasonable time, enter any place where an activity subject to this Act or the regulations is carried on and inspect such place; for that purpose, he may pass over any private property if the circumstances so require but the owner shall be indemnified when appreciable damage has been caused to him thereby.
The officer shall, on request, identify himself and produce a certificate of his capacity signed by the Minister.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 15; 1973, c. 22, s. 7; 1986, c. 95, s. 187; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
14.1. Sections 3.1, 6, 19 to 22 and 49 to 52 of the Act respecting agricultural lands in the domain of the State (chapter T-7.1) apply, with the necessary modifications, to all lands under the authority of the Minister.
1982, c. 13, s. 61; 1987, c. 84, s. 35.
15. Sections 211 to 223 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act (chapter A-18.1) apply, with the necessary modifications, to lands under the authority of the Minister and the powers conferred therein are exercised by the Minister or by any employee of the department generally or specially authorized by him for that purpose.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 16; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1982, c. 13, s. 62; 1986, c. 108, s. 248; 2010, c. 3, s. 306.
15.1. No member of the personnel of the department may directly or indirectly acquire any land in the domain of the State under the authority of the Minister unless he is authorized to do so by order of the Government.
1982, c. 13, s. 63; 1987, c. 23, s. 76; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
16. Every agricultural society, partnership agricultural cooperative, horticultural society, partnership farmers’ and dairymen’s association, the Société d’industrie laitière de Québec, every society of patrons of a butter or cheese factory, cooperative syndicate, canner, and every other person, society, partnership or cooperative carrying on an agricultural industry or the processing, distribution or marketing of agricultural products, as well as every agricultural college or school, and every public officer or employee of Québec, shall be bound to answer promptly the official communications from the department and must make every effort to supply information on all the questions submitted to them in the interests of agriculture and with a view to facilitating the compilation of statistics.
Any officer of any of the institutions above named, refusing or wilfully neglecting to answer any questions or to furnish any information relating to the interests of agriculture or of agricultural education, is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of $25.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 17; 1973, c. 22, s. 8; 1982, c. 26, s. 305; 1982, c. 13, s. 58; 1990, c. 4, s. 580; 1991, c. 33, s. 85; 1997, c. 70, s. 6; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
17. The Minister, with the previous authorization of the Government, may enter into negotiations with a minister of the Government of Canada, for the application in Québec of measures respecting agriculture or the processing, distribution or marketing of agricultural products and to determine the conditions of their application.
The Minister may also, with the authorization of the Government, enter into any agreement with any government or body to facilitate the marketing of fish.
The Government has all the powers necessary to enforce the agreements referred to in the preceding paragraph.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 18; 1973, c. 22, s. 9; 1979, c. 77, s. 5.
17.1. The Minister may enter into any agreement to establish the terms and conditions relating to the payment of any amount the Minister is owed.
In the absence of such an agreement, any debt owed to the Minister bears interest at the rate for a debt owed to the State set under section 28 of the Tax Administration Act (chapter A-6.002) from the 30th day following the notification to the debtor of a notice of claim.
The Minister may, after the notification of the notice of claim, offset any amount owed to the Minister against any amount the Minister owes to the debtor.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 6.
18. Every person who makes a false declaration to obtain a grant, advance or security for a loan contemplated by this Act or an amount payable as assistance under a plan, program or project, commits an offence and is liable, for a first offence, to a fine of $625 and, for any subsequent conviction, to a fine of $1,225.
1973, c. 22, s. 10; 1990, c. 4, s. 581; 1991, c. 33, s. 86.
DIVISION IV
AID TO UNDERTAKINGS
19. An annual fund of $4,000,000 is created dating from 1 April 1973, and the Government, upon the recommendation of the Minister, may use such fund for guarantees or advances to the agricultural cooperatives governed by the Cooperative Act (chapter C-67.2) or to any other legal person engaged in similar activities.
From 1 April 1984, the annual fund is increased by $4,000,000, but the Government shall not allocate the amount of the increase to any purpose except guarantees described in the first paragraph.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 19; 1969, c. 40, s. 1; 1973, c. 22, s. 12; 1982, c. 26, s. 306; 1984, c. 20, s. 12; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
20. The Government shall determine the form, conditions and time limits for reimbursement of such guarantees and advances and may adopt such measures of supervision and others as it may deem necessary to assure itself of such advances being utilized for the purposes for which they were made.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 20; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
21. The expenditure incurred for the carrying out of this Division shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 21.
DIVISION IV.1
(Repealed, 2011, c. 16, s. 34)
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.1. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.2. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.3. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.4. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2000, c. 15, s. 108; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.5. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.6. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 1999, c. 26, s. 19; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.7. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 1999, c. 26, s. 19; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.8. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.9. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.10. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2000, c. 8, s. 158; 2000, c. 15, s. 109; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.11. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
21.12. (Repealed).
1995, c. 68, s. 1; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2011, c. 16, s. 34.
DIVISION V
EXECUTION OF DRAINAGE WORKS
22. (1)  On the conditions fixed by the Government, the Minister may take charge of all the drainage works if application therefor is made to him by the municipality charged with the execution of such works.
(2)  The Minister may have the drainage works entrusted to him under subsection 1 carried out either under supervision or by contract. In either case, the persons carrying out the works have all the rights and immunities of persons carrying out the same works as the officers or agents of the competent municipality.
(3)  In this division, the word drainage means any surface or underground conduits used chiefly for agricultural hydraulics for the supplying, irrigation and draining of farm land and includes natural and artificial watercourses used for those purposes.
The expression drainage works includes, in addition to the actions necessary to prepare and draft plans and specifications, all work required for drainage, in particular, the levelling of excavated material, the removal of obstacles, the arranging, improvement, maintenance and, if applicable, the operation of a land irrigation or drainage system or any other hydraulic works necessary for the drainage or irrigation of land.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 27; 1973, c. 22, s. 15.
22.1. When the draining of one or more pieces of land necessitates work both in Québec and in a neighbouring province, the Minister, upon the application of the municipalities concerned or the neighbouring province, may, after an agreement with the latter, designate what work is to be done, order it carried out and, if the persons concerned refuse to comply with the order, have the work done at their expense.
2005, c. 6, s. 223.
DIVISION VI
DEVELOPMENT OF THE AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SECTORS
1984, c. 16, s. 61.
23. The Minister may prepare plans, programs or projects to encourage the recovery or development of agriculture, a better use or conservation of agricultural resources or the setting up, extension, consolidation and modernization of agricultural or food products packing and processing enterprises, in particular with a view to fostering sustainable development.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 28; 1969, c. 16, s. 12; 1973, c. 22, s. 17; 1984, c. 16, s. 62; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2005, c. 8, s. 2.
23.1. The Minister may, within the framework of any financial assistance program, require that compliance with the Animal Welfare and Safety Act (chapter B-3.1) and the regulations be a criterion in the preparation and administration of the program. Compliance with the Act and the regulations or not having been placed under an order under that Act may be among the conditions for the payment of all or part of the sums of money to which the program gives entitlement.
2015, c. 35, s. 7.
24. With the approval of the Government, the Minister may assume the direction and ensure the carrying out of such plans, programs and projects.
For the purposes of such plans, programs and projects, he may acquire, lease or alienate any property, make grants, loans or advances, pay premiums, allowances or indemnities and carry out or cause to be carried out works for agricultural improvements, planning or equipment.
For such purposes, the Minister may, in particular, acquire any immovable under concession that is subject to the Act respecting agricultural lands in the domain of the State (chapter T-7.1), and, from such acquisition, that concession is cancelled of right and the cancellation has the same effect as if it had been made by the Minister under Division III of Chapter III of that Act. From the acquisition, such an immovable is no longer subject to that Act. This paragraph has effect from 22 December 1969 in respect of any immovable under concession that is then subject to the Colonization Lands Sales Act (chapter T-8) and which has been thus acquired.
He may also, by a notice, exempt an immovable from a program to bring it under another program or place it in the arable land bank established under Division VII, or exempt an immovable from the arable land bank to bring it under a program.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 29; 1969, c. 16, s. 12; 1979, c. 66, s. 1; 1982, c. 13, s. 64; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
25. The Minister may make agreements with any government or body and with any person, association or partnership for the purposes of the preparation and carrying out of any plan, program or project contemplated in this division.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 30; 1969, c. 16, s. 12; 1973, c. 22, s. 18; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
26. The Government may, on the conditions it determines, entrust any Government body it designates with the management and carrying out of a plan, program or project.
The body so designated may for such purposes exercise any power provided in sections 24 and 25 which the Government confers on it.
The property the body acquires or owns for its mandate forms part of the domain of the State, but execution for obligations it contracts for those purposes may be taken against that property.
The designated body binds only itself when it acts in its own name.
R. S. 1964, c. 101, s. 31; 1969, c. 16, s. 12; 1973, c. 22, s. 19; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
DIVISION VII
ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ARABLE LAND BANK
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
27. The Minister, without restriction to his powers under Division VI, may establish an arable land bank for the purpose of transferring the ownership of or leasing arable land so as to promote the succession of the younger generation in agriculture, the enlargement or consolidation of family farms and the operation of unused or underused arable land.
For these purposes, the Minister may
(1)  acquire any immovable at such price and on such conditions as are fixed in accordance with the regulations;
(2)  carry out or cause the carrying out, on any such immovable, of maintenance, improvement or development works deemed essential to its profitability;
(3)  lease such an immovable or transfer the ownership of the immovable, at such price, on such conditions and according to such criteria as are fixed in accordance with the regulations;
(4)  enter into agreement with any government or agency and with any person, association or partnership.
Notwithstanding the second paragraph, the Minister may, in the cases provided for by regulation, alienate the whole or part of an immovable contemplated in the said paragraph for purposes other than those listed in the first paragraph, at such price and on such conditions as are fixed in accordance with the regulations.
The third paragraph of section 24 applies to this division.
1979, c. 66, s. 2; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
28. The Government may, on the conditions it determines, entrust the administration of this division to a public agency it designates. For that purpose, the designated agency exercises, on behalf of the Minister, the powers conferred on him under subparagraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the second paragraph of section 27, and under the third and fourth paragraphs of that section.
Notwithstanding any contrary provision in the constituent Act of the designated agency, it may, for the purposes of this division and with the prior approval of the Government, raise loans by way of promissory notes, bonds or other securities, on the terms and conditions determined by the Government.
For the purposes of this division, public agency means an agency to which the Government or a minister, appoints the majority of the members, to which, by law, the staff is appointed in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1), or over one-half of whose capital stock is derived from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
1979, c. 66, s. 2; 1983, c. 55, s. 161; 2000, c. 8, s. 242.
29. Property that the designated agency acquires or owns on behalf of the Minister under this division forms part of the domain of the State, but the performance of the obligations the designated agency contracts for those purposes may be levied against that property.
The designated agency binds none but itself when it acts in its own name.
1979, c. 66, s. 2; 1999, c. 40, s. 179.
30. The Government, under such terms and conditions as it determines, may authorize the Minister of Finance to constitute, for the benefit of the agency designated under section 28, a working fund not exceeding $200,000 for the disbursements necessary for the administration, protection and maintenance of any immovable acquired or owned by the designated agency on behalf of the Minister under this division, and for the disbursements necessary for the protection of any debt resulting from a sale or a lease made in accordance with this division.
The amounts necessary for the establishment of the working fund are taken out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Notwithstanding section 33, the sums received as recovery of disbursements made for the purposes provided for in the first paragraph are paid into the working fund.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
31. The Government may, by regulation, prescribe
(1)  the general bases of assessment of the immovables to be acquired or alienated under this division;
(2)  the criteria enabling the fixing of the price of acquisition or alienation or the cost of the rent of such immovables, and the criteria for selecting prospective acquirers or lessees;
(3)  the conditions that must be included in deeds of acquisition or alienation and in leases;
(4)  the documents, reports and information to be produced or furnished for the purposes of this division and the period within which they must be produced or furnished;
(5)  the cases where an immovable may be alienated, in whole or in part, in accordance with the third paragraph of section 27, and the criteria enabling the fixing of the price of alienation of such an immovable.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
32. The Government, for the period of time and under any other conditions it determines, may authorize the Minister of Finance to advance to the agency designated under section 28 any amount deemed necessary for
(1)  the acquisition of an immovable contemplated in subparagraph 1 of the second paragraph of section 27;
(2)  the carrying out of improvement and development works on such an immovable.
The sums that the Minister of Finance may be called on to advance under the first paragraph are taken out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
33. The interest, rents or charges received in the application of this division are allocated first to the payment of the interest due on any loan made in the private market, then to any advance made by the Minister of Finance under section 32 and, finally, to the purposes provided for in the second paragraph.
The principal sums received in the application of this division are allocated, first, to the repayment of any loan made in the private market for the purposes of section 32, secondly, to the constitution of a sinking fund authorized by the Government, which shall fix the conditions thereof, then, to the repayment of any advance made by the Minister of Finance under section 32 and, finally, to the payment of interest in the order provided in the first paragraph.
Any remainder of the whole amount is paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
34. The Minister of Finance is authorized to make up, for each fiscal period, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, the deficit representing the net result of the aggregate of
(a)  the difference between the sums due as interest on any loan made in the private market or as an advance received from the Minister of Finance for the purposes of section 32, and the sums received as revenues from interest, rents or charges in conformity with the first paragraph of section 33;
(b)  the sums required to cover the net loss for each fiscal period resulting from operations effected under this division.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
35. The agency designated under section 28 must, each year, have a plan approved by the Government respecting the acquisition, improvement, development and financing of the immovables contemplated in this division.
The Government shall determine the form and content of such plan and the time when it must be presented.
1979, c. 66, s. 2.
36. (Repealed).
1979, c. 66, s. 2; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 7.
DIVISION VII.0.1
REGISTRATION OF AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS AND PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.1. An enterprise comprising capital and basic inputs, including at least one immovable used for an agricultural purpose, in a single economic and accounting unit may, in accordance with the terms determined by government regulation, register with the Minister as an agricultural operation.
The main object of registration is to facilitate agricultural operations’ access to measures, programs and services that may be implemented under this Act or under any other Act that is under the Minister’s administration.
A further object of registration is to collect from agricultural operations the information required for the purposes of this Act, including
(1)  to evaluate and formulate the Government’s agricultural policy;
(2)  to analyze and implement policies, programs or projects, to develop, process or validate economic, statistical or financial reference data or to achieve the integrated management of financial interventions; and
(3)  to ascertain eligibility or continued eligibility for a benefit or right granted under this Act or under a program.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.2. Registration of an agricultural operation must be made using the registration statement prescribed by the Minister, indicating the prescribed information in the statement.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.3. A registered agricultural operation must, at the intervals and according to the terms determined by government regulation, update its registration in the statement prescribed by the Minister.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.4. The Minister may revoke the registration of an agricultural operation that applies for revocation or that fails to file an update statement in accordance with a regulation referred to in section 36.0.3.
The Minister may also revoke the registration of an agricultural operation that no longer meets the conditions required to be registered.
The revocation becomes effective on the agricultural operation’s failure to meet any of the conditions required to be registered or failure to file an update statement, or on the receipt of the application for revocation.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.5. The Minister may, on the application of an agricultural operation, cancel the revocation of its registration for failure to file an update statement provided the application is accompanied by any update statement the agricultural operation failed to file and provided the agricultural operation has, since the revocation, met the other conditions for registration.
The registration is then deemed never to have been revoked.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.6. A decision of the Minister to refuse an application for registration or to revoke the registration of an agricultural operation that no longer meets the conditions required to be registered other than those pertaining to a failure to file an update statement must be in writing, include reasons, and be notified promptly to the agricultural operation.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.7. A decision rendered in accordance with section 36.0.6 may, within 60 days of its notification, be the subject of an application for review according to the terms determined by government regulation.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.8. The application for review must be dealt with promptly. After giving the applicant an opportunity to submit observations and produce any documents to complete the record, the person responsible for reviewing the decision renders a decision on the record, unless the person considers it necessary to proceed in some other manner. The person may confirm, quash or vary the decision under review.
The decision must be in writing, include reasons and be notified promptly to the applicant.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.9. A decision rendered under section 36.0.8 may, within 30 days of its notification, be contested before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.10. A registered agricultural operation may, according to the terms determined by government regulation, apply to the Minister for payment, for a municipal fiscal year and for the school fiscal year ending in that municipal fiscal year, of an amount equal to the portion, determined in accordance with sections 36.0.13 and 36.0.14, of a municipal and school property tax, of a compensation for municipal services or of a tariff relating to an immovable used for an agricultural purpose that is included in a unit of assessment forming part of the agricultural operation and that is situated in an agricultural zone established under the Act respecting the preservation of agricultural land and agricultural activities (chapter P-41.1).
Where the agricultural operation is a producer within the meaning of the Farm Producers Act (chapter P-28), it must have paid, for the year preceding the year for which the application is made, the annual assessment exigible under Division VIII of that Act.
Immovable and property tax have the meaning assigned by section 1 of the Act respecting municipal taxation (chapter F-2.1) and the compensation for municipal services and tariff relating to an immovable referred to in the first paragraph are those established by a municipal by-law made under section 205 or 244.1 of that Act.
The Government may, by regulation, determine other terms relating to the payment provided for in the first paragraph.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.11. The right to a payment may, in the cases determined by government regulation, be refused or cancelled where, in the Minister’s opinion, the agricultural operation that filed the application is not operated in compliance with the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2) or an environmental protection by-law of a regional county municipality or a local municipality.
Any person entrusted with the application of an environmental protection by-law of a regional county municipality or a local municipality who ascertains that an offence against a provision of those by-laws has been committed must notify the Minister according to the terms determined by government regulation.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.12. An application for payment must be made using the form prescribed by the Minister, indicating the prescribed information in the form.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.13. For each immovable used for an agricultural purpose that is included in a unit of assessment for which an application may be made, the amount qualified for payment corresponds to 70% of the amount of the municipal and school property tax, of the compensation for municipal services and tariff applicable to the immovable, multiplied by the qualification rate of the immovable and by the inclusion rate of the taxable value of the unit of assessment.
The qualification rate corresponds to the fraction of the immovable which, in the year preceding the year for which the application is made, formed part of an agricultural operation for which the right to a payment was recognized by the Minister and which was situated in an agricultural zone established under the Act respecting the preservation of agricultural land and agricultural activities (chapter P-41.1).
The inclusion rate of the taxable value of the unit of assessment corresponds to the product obtained by multiplying the taxable value of the immovable that, in the year for which the application is made, forms part of a registered agricultural operation and is situated in an agricultural zone by the proportion that the number of days for which the unit of assessment formed part of the agricultural operation and agricultural zone in that year is of the number of days in the year.
For the purposes of the second and third paragraphs, where all or part of a unit of assessment is composed both of immovables belonging to the category of agricultural immovables and of land belonging to the category of forest immovables within the meaning of sections 244.36.0.1 and 244.36.1 of the Act respecting municipal taxation (chapter F-2.1), the two parts are considered to be a unit of assessment consisting entirely of immovables belonging to the category of agricultural immovables.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.14. In the case of land whose value per hectare exceeds $1,975, the Minister shall pay, in addition to the amount computed under the first paragraph of section 36.0.13, an amount corresponding to 15% of the amount of municipal property tax based on the value and applicable to the land, multiplied by the fraction of the value per hectare of the land that exceeds $1,975, by the qualification rate of the land and by the inclusion rate of the taxable value of the unit of assessment that are referred to in section 36.0.13.
As of 1 January 2022, the amount per hectare provided for in the first paragraph shall be indexed by operation of law on 1 January of each year on the basis of the rate corresponding to the annual variation in the Consumer Price Index for Canada as published by Statistics Canada under the Statistics Act (R.S.C. 1985, c. S-19).
For the purposes of the second paragraph, the annual variation in the Consumer Price Index for a year shall be determined according to the terms prescribed by government regulation. The regulation may prescribe the rules for rounding off the indexed amount.
The Minister shall publish the results of the indexation in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.15. A decision concerning the right to a payment must be in writing, include reasons and be notified promptly to the applicant.
The decision may, within 60 days of its notification, be the subject of an application for review according to the terms determined by government regulation.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.16. The Minister shall, without delay, send the local municipality concerned the information necessary for it to compute, for each unit of assessment, the amount qualified for payment under sections 36.0.13 and 36.0.14.
An amount equivalent to the qualified amount is credited by the municipality to the tax account relating to the unit of assessment concerned.
The Minister shall reimburse, on the application of the local municipality, the sum of the amounts credited to all tax accounts.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.17. If the municipality cannot credit a qualified amount to a tax account, the Minister may pay it directly to the applicant.
If the Minister considers that an amount has been credited to a tax account without entitlement, he may claim a reimbursement of the amount directly from the applicant.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.18. The Government may, by regulation, determine any other necessary measure for the purposes of this division or any exceptional measure for the purposes of sections 36.0.1 to 36.0.3, the first paragraph of section 36.0.10 and sections 36.0.11, 36.0.13 and 36.0.14.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.19. The Minister shall send the minister responsible for the administration of the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2) and the minister responsible for the administration of the Sustainable Forest Development Act (chapter A-18.1), and obtain from them, any information, including personal information, necessary for the purposes of this division.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
36.0.20. The Minister may, by notification of a notice, require any person to communicate to him, within a reasonable time he determines, any information or document relating to the application of this division.
2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 8.
DIVISION VII.1
(Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2006, c. 32, s. 1; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.1. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2000, c. 56, s. 222; 2005, c. 8, s. 3; 2006, c. 32, s. 2; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.2. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 1; 1996, c. 26, s. 85; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2001, c. 68, s. 68; 2005, c. 8, s. 4; 2006, c. 2, s. 1; 2006, c. 32, s. 3; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.3. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 2; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2005, c. 8, s. 5; 2006, c. 32, s. 4; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.4. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 3; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2001, c. 68, s. 69; 2005, c. 8, s. 6; 2006, c. 32, s. 5; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.4.1. (Repealed).
2006, c. 32, s. 6; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.5. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 4; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.6. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 4; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.7. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 5; 2006, c. 32, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.7.1. (Repealed).
2006, c. 32, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.7.2. (Repealed).
2006, c. 32, s. 7; 2010, c. 31, s. 175; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.7.3. (Repealed).
2006, c. 32, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.8. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 6; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2005, c. 8, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.9. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 7; 2005, c. 8, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.10. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 2005, c. 8, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.11. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 2005, c. 8, s. 7; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.12. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 8; 1999, c. 40, s. 179; 2001, c. 68, s. 70; 2006, c. 32, s. 8; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.13. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 9; 2006, c. 32, s. 9; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.14. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 10; 1997, c. 43, s. 360; 2006, c. 32, s. 10; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
DIVISION VII.2
(Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.15. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 1995, c. 64, s. 11; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
36.16. (Repealed).
1991, c. 29, s. 1; 2020, c. 72020, c. 7, s. 9.
DIVISION VIII
This Division ceased to have effect on 17 April 1987.
37. (This section ceased to have effect on 17 April 1987).
1982, c. 21, s. 1; U. K., 1982, c. 11, Sch. B, Part I, s. 33.
REPEAL SCHEDULE

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes (chapter R-3), chapter 101 of the Revised Statutes, 1964, in force on 31 December 1977, is repealed effective from the coming into force of chapter M-14 of the Revised Statutes.