7. No forest management permit may be issued to a person who owes dues exigible under this Act.
This section does not apply to the holder of a timber supply and forest management agreement, a forest management agreement or a forest management contract who, in order to obtain a forest management permit to supply a wood processing plant, has made an agreement with the Minister respecting the payment of back dues.
Such an agreement must specify the dates and terms and conditions of payment and the applicable interest rates.
The Minister may suspend or cancel the forest management permit or refuse to issue such a permit if the holder of the timber supply and forest management agreement, forest management agreement or forest management contract fails to comply with the agreement made with the Minister. For such purpose, the Minister shall first notify the holder in writing as prescribed by section 5 of the Act respecting administrative justice (chapter J‐3) and allow the holder a period of at least 30 days, as specified in the notice, to submit observations and remedy the failure.
1986, c. 108, s. 7; 2003, c. 16, s. 2.