The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced several measures aimed at bolstering the province’s hard-hit sugar shacks last week, including several financial aid packages through various government programs, cash advances once trees are tapped, and a prolonged season.
The government will provide $50,000 to the Ma Cabane à la Maison web platform, which groups together almost 70 sugar shacks across the province to allow visitors to order online from the sugar shack closest to them. None of the Haut-Saint-Laurent’s eight sugar shacks are participating in the project. In fact, to date only four of these businesses plan to open during the season, and of those only the Cabane à sucre L’Hermine and the Cabane à sucre Henderson will be serving takeout meals.
“Our government is helping our sugar shacks, which are a source of pride throughout Quebec,” Lamontagne said, while inviting all Quebecers to take full advantage of the upcoming sugar season.