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Spring newsletter 2019

Through its concertation and coordination mandates in the regional biofood sector, the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) publishes the newsletter Info Agro-Outaouais which will gather news, information, and events and training offered by the different regional partners of the sector. This newsletter is aimed at you, the regional biofood businesses, and it aims at regrouping all the content that appeals to you or is likely to interest you.

Here is the schedule of publications :

Summer Edition – Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Fall Edition – Wednesday, October 23, 2019

To send us relevant news, information, or events and training, or for more information, please contact Aurélie Boyer, project manager at the TAO, by email or phone (819 281-7676).

We hope that the content of the newsletter will please you!


Programme d’appui à la réalisation d’études technico-économiques

Financière agricole du Québec

A brand new program is offered by La Financière agricole du Québec to provide financial support for technical and economic studies. It covers agricultural sectors that are not presently covered by the Programme d’assurance stabilisation des revenus agricoles or supply management programs.

In order to improve their management practices, entrepreneurs must have access to benchmarking information allowing them to compare their technical-economic and financial performance results with the sector’s. This exercise allows them to make a good diagnosis of the strengths and needs for improvement of their business and thus to better plan the necessary adjustments.

Program highlights

  • Program in effect since April 1st, 2019;
  • A one million dollars envelope over 5 years;
  • Eligible sectors : those not covered by the Programme d’assurance stabilisation des revenus agricoles or by supply management programs;
  • Specific to sectoral associations :
    • Financial assistance f up to $ 90,000 for a techno-economi study;
    • Applicatin to be submitted to La Financière Agricle, subject to assuming 25% of the total costs for carrying out the study.

For more information on the program, visit our website.

2019-2020 Financial assistance aides for consulting services

JOHNSON PRÉDIN, coordinator of the Réseau Agriconseils Outaouais (RAO)

The Programme services-conseils (PSC) provides Quebec’s biofood sector businesses financial assistance. It gives them financial support before and during the course of specific projects aimed at achieving their objectives of improving their competitiveness and implementing responsible practices.

The RAO has developed its new 2019-2020 Financial assistance aides in respect to the regional priorities. It is now within the reach of businesses in the region. Documents are available online :

2019-2020 Financial assistance aides

Offer summary

For more information, you can contact me by email or phone (819 281-7832).




Follow-up of the 2019-2024 Outaouais Biofood Development Plan elaboration process

AURÉLIE BOYER, project manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

As you probably know, through its mission of regional concertation and coordination of development efforts for the biofood sector, the TAO launched, in last january, the 2019-2024 Outaouais Biofood Development Plan elaboration process. In our winter newsletter edition, we informed you of the process’ objectives and consultation phases.

Many of you participated in the territorial consultations; more than 120 participants, mostly producers and food processors, went to Saint-André-Avellin, Gracefield, Shawville, Chelsea and Gatineau. Thank you! You prioritized the objectives of the Agricultural Zone Development Plans (PDZAs) and brought up promising courses of action.

In addition, do not forget to complete the survey! You still have time to complete it. You should have received it by mail (if you are a restaurateur, you will receive the survey shortly). The survey deals with elements that were not discussed during the consultations; it aims to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the sector, and their impact on your business. Your participation is important! By allowing us identify your needs, you maximize your chances of seeing the right actions be put in place. Producers, food processors and retailers, you have until Friday, May 31st to complete the survey and send it to us (by e-mail, mail, fax or in person at your Agricultural Service Center), or fill it out online.

To fill it out online :

Producer/food processor

In the coming weeks, the data will be compiled and synthesized, then used to write the regional plan. It will be presented, in the fall, at the regional biofood forum to which you will be invited.

This project is funded by the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), as part of the program Territoires : Priorités bioalimentaires.

For more information, you can contact me by email or phone (819 281-7676).

The MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais’ Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA)

SYLVAIN LÉTOURNEAU, regional planner at the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais

In January 2018, steps were taken by the MRC in order to develop an “Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA)” to enhance its agricultural land. Agriculture remains a key activity for the MRC’s economy. More than 230 agricultural companies are present on its territory, half of which are focused on cattle breeding. The agricultural zone covers more than a third of the MRC’s territory and still has a vast unexploited potential.

The PDZA aims to enhance and revitalize the MRC’s agricultural zone. So far, several steps have been taken towards the adoption of the PDZA, such as the creation of a portrait of the MRC’s agricultural area, the establishment of a diagnosis (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities relating to agricultural land) as well as the issues relating to its development. In the latter case, it is important to mention that priority will be given to the issues based on the comments made during the public consultations held in November 2018 and the results of an online survey involving more than 75 people.

The next step will be to submit the PDZA draft (including an action plan) to the MRC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee for analysis, after which recommendations will be made to the Council of Mayors. The PDZA could be approved by the Council of Mayors at its June 20th, 2019 regular meeting. A public presentation of the PDZA is also planned in the coming months.

You can consult the MRC’S agricultural zone portrait and the PDZA work plan on the MRC website.

The Outaouais region engages in a regional debate about agricultural plastics management

NOLWENN BEAUMONT, circular economy advisor for the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO)

Every harvest season, farmers in the Outaouais region find themselves with large quantities of plastic materials that need to be disposed of. Lacking a pickup service as simple as a recycling bin, farmers send these agricultural plastics to landfill sites, whereas the better alternative would be to recycle them.

Since last year, the need to work on the problem of collecting and handling these materials in the Outaouais region has been stressed by local stakeholders (municipalités régionales de comté [MRCs], municipalities and farmers). As Mr. Younge, a municipal councillor in Clarendon stated : “No one wants to send their agricultural plastics to the landfill site, so let’s find a solution as quickly as possible. Other Quebec municipalities have already found solutions; let’s catch up with them”. A project led by the CREDDO and receiving financial support from the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) was launched this year and aims to start a regional debate about the management of these agricultural plastics. The $54,000 in funding provided over a 4-year period will be used to provide an overview of the current plastics management situation in the Outaouais region and to develop communication tools. An initial survey, conducted through a partnership between the CREDDO and the Outaouais-Laurentides Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) regional Federation, is underway and will help paint a picture of the situation. This funding can also allow the CREDDO to help participating municipalities launch pilot projects.

The CREDDO’s role is to support the municipalities and farmers of the Outaouais region in their search for effective, affordable and sustainable recycling systems. To do so, the organization has put together a coalition committee in which the MRCs, municipalities and farmers have the opportunity to discuss and develop different scenarios in their search for the best solution based on the specific features of the territories. The committee has already met twice and the next meeting will take place in October 2019. Currently, nine municipalities are taking part in the discussion : L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Clarendon, L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Bouchette, La Pêche, the City of Gatineau, L’Ange-Gardien, Lochaber and Saint-André-Avellin.

Farmers have until June 1, 2019 to take part in the survey.

To fill it out online : Survey

By phone : 819-772-4925 extension 228

The pickup solutions recommended at the end of the project will be based on the results of the survey, so we are hoping for a high level of participation!

This project was made possible through the financial support of the MAPAQ, as part of the Prime-Vert program.

About the CREDDO : The CREDDO is the key point of contact for environmental, political and economic stakeholders in the Outaouais region. Its primary mission is to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in a context of collaboration.

Membership in the 2019 Outaouais, bite into it! campaign

CORINE JACOB, project manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

Join the 2019 Outaouais, bite into it! campaign! It is lead by the TAO. The TAO works to promote the regional agrifood sector and its businesses. To do that, we developed the Outaouais, bite into it! promotional campaign.

This campaign brings together about sixty entrepreneurs : producers, food processors, distributors, restaurateurs, shopkeepers and owners of accommodations that serve regional agrifood products. It is aimed at consumers; its objective is to show them the dynamism of the sector as well as the variety and the quality of products from here.

Businesses joining the campaign will have the opportunity to be listed in the directory of the Outaouais, bite into it! Website, in addition of having an advantageous visibility on our social networks. The website is a wealth of information, a hub to discover the businesses of the Outaouais. It has a section dedicated to healthy eating, tips and columns, and recipes featuring local products.

Membership cost is $ 60 + taxes for a period of one year.

Read more

Forms :
Registration form
Renewal form

To register, simply return the form and send us the registration fee (check, Interac transfer [contact us for this method of payment] or in person).
Don’t miss your chance to join us so we can work together at promoting your business and your products!
For any questions, or to return your form, please contact me by email or phone (819 281-7676).

Directory of kitchens for rental

CORINE JACOB, project manager at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

In 2013, the region had 82 food processing establishments registered with the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and, in 2018, there were 1235 restaurants. Food processing activities are found mainly in the fruit and vegetable, meat and poultry, bakery and pastry, and maple products sectors. If, of all these kitchens, some are operated at full capacity, others are not. It is therefore interesting for these establishments to rent their space and equipment to other businesses and organizations that can use them, in addition of having their own activities.

It is in this context that the TAO has set up a directory of Outaouais kitchens interested in renting their equipment to other food processors. This directory helps to facilitate the contact between the offer of kitchens that are not exploited to full capacity and the demand (third parties interested in renting). It contributes to the vitality of the sector through optimal use of kitchen spaces and equipment.

For the complete directory :

Directory of kitchens and equipment for rent

 Do you market your products through Outaouais retailers?

CHARLES SÉGUIN,  commercialization agent at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO)

If so, and if you have not joined the “Découvrez les produits de l’Outaouais” campaign yet, it’s not too late to join.

Similar to the promotional campaign that was led by the Estrie Biofood Industry Council (CIBLE), the promotional campaign held through participating retailers intends to develop new signage featuring a photo of a person representing the business, his/her name, the name of the business and the city where it is located.

The promotion for this project will involve : a press conference for its launch in mid-May and social media communications.

Membership cost for the project is $300 + taxes.

Here are two links towards the CIBLE’s project which is similar to what we’ll be doing :

Article in La Tribune

Article in La Voix de l’Est

Please contact me for more information or to join the project. You have until May 6th if you’d like to be included in this campaign’s launch.

The chef Tessier’s children

VIRGINIE CÔTÉ, production manager at Outaouais Tourism

The region is home to a diverse community of dedicated creators, entrepreneurs and artists. Each and every day, they contribute to the Outaouais’ reputation as a vibrant and stimulating place with a great quality of life. Outaouais Tourism wants to introduce them to you!

“When I graduated from the ITHQ (Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec), I knew two things : I wanted to teach, and I wanted to be a chocolatier.” His path was set. It took him a few years to achieve both objectives. The co-founder of ChocoMotive (with Luc Gielen) has been teaching at the École hôtelière de l’Outaouais culinary institute since 1989.

“It’s been just 30 years.” Just 30 years of teaching his students the basics of cooking, always with kindness and enthusiasm.

This passionate artisan doesn’t count the hours : he often stays late at the school, to the tacit disapproval of the security guard!

Gaetan Tessier is voluble when he talks about his former students, such as Dominic, who has carved out a place at the prestigious New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park; Florence, who won the gold medal at the last Olympiades québécoises des métiers et des technologies (Quebec Trades and Technology Olympiad); the students who came up with the idea of creating a food truck for Rockfest; and the former student who is now teaching with him.

“They’re all my children.”

Every year, he and his team go on a gastronomic excursion to France and Spain. These educational trips (nourishing in every sense) open a lot of doors. If a former student calls Chef Tessier looking for a job somewhere in the world, he makes a point of reaching out to his contacts. It’s a network he has developed himself. “I’m the guy who stays in touch with young people. No matter where I go, all around the world, there’s someone I know.”

His source of pride? “Seeing my former students find good jobs, seeing them fulfil their potential. It’s like a pat on the back. The gratitude of my students is very rewarding. Ultimately, they are my real clients.”

Have students changed in 30 years? “In the last 6-7 years, I’ve noticed that young people are placing more value on self care. They want a family life, a balance. Maybe they have the right idea. The important thing is to find what you love. Life is too short.”

Discover our Ambassadors

Photo credit : Myriam Baril-Tessier

The reward of a job well done

VIRGINIE CÔTÉ, production manager at Outaouais Tourism

The region is home to a diverse community of dedicated creators, entrepreneurs and artists. Each and every day, they contribute to the Outaouais’ reputation as a vibrant and stimulating place with a great quality of life. Outaouais Tourism wants to introduce them to you!

Christopher and Jesse fell in love … professionally. After their respective journeys through the world of catering, they met at Bistro St-Jacques. Three years later, in March 2016, they opened Rustiek.

Christopher works in the kitchen, Jesse serves out front. The duo is on the same wavelength when it comes to managing their gastropub. “We want to offer people a unique experience”, says Jesse.

When they launched their adventure, they were clear on their concept : a menu that couldn’t be pigeonholed and that reflected no one but Christopher. His influences? His grandparents. His grandmother on his father’s side introduced him to the secrets of Dutch cooking. When I ask Christopher to name some typical flavours of Holland, his face lights up. “Nutmeg, white pepper, pickled herring, Gouda cheese. I’d sit on the kitchen counter and she would explain everything”, he recalls.

His maternal grandparents taught him the importance of fresh food, seasonal vegetables. “They had a huge garden. Nothing beats the taste of a bean you’ve picked yourself. My grandmother still calls to tell me : ‘Cucumbers are in season! Go buy some!’”

Rustiek’s menu changes three times a year, according to seasonal availability and market arrivals. The guys are proud to do business with a couple of dozen local producers. These relationships are precious.

“When you deal directly with producers, you can see how hard they work. They want to please, they ask us to tell them what we want. For example, right now they’re growing baby peppers for us”, says Christopher. “It’s a real exchange. We encourage them, it makes them happy. In fact,” he adds, “it’s good for everyone : for the producers, for me, and for our customers!”

Customers often compliment Christopher, the chef. “When someone puts my work into words, when they describe the combination of flavours, it gives me goosebumps. You forget about your 14-hour day. You know you’ve done a good job.”

Discover our Ambassadors

Photo credit : Myriam Baril-Tessier


Events and training


Improving drainage

April, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $48 – $96 (date to come)

Irrigation Systems

Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, 48$ – 96$

Managing your Social Media

Saturday, May 4th, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $48 – $96$

Starting an Appel Orchard

Saturday, May 11th, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $48 – $96

Farm Bookkeeping

Saturday, May 11th, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $48 – $96

Farm Tax Management

Saturday, May 18th, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $48 – $96

Holistic Farm Management

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, Campbell’s Bay, $70 – $140

Learn more

Information and registration :

Nathalie Guimond
Répondante en formation agricole, CRFAO

The Collectif régional en formation agricole de l’Outaouais (CRFAO) is mandated to meet the continuing training needs of all the agricultural producers, their employees and the young entrepreneurs in the region.