Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA)

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Agricultural Zone Development Plan

To highlight its agricultural area and to promote sustainable development, the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent is in the process of outlining an Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA).

Over a period of 18 months, the drafting of the PDZA will involve elected representatives, representatives of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), government and society partners as well as key players in the sector.

The process aims to highlight agricultural enterprises and their products; increase or diversify the production, products, companies and marketing models; promote recognition of the multifunctionality of agriculture; facilitate the establishment of young people in agriculture and encourage the development of activities such as agritourism or processing in the farm.


What is a PDZA?

The Agricultural Zone Development Plan (PDZA) is a planning tool which intends to maximize the agricultural potential of an MRC in promoting the sustainable development of agricultural activities. It is based on a status report and the determined opportunities for development of agricultural activities. It is drafted by a MRC in partnership with sectorial key players.

The PDZA is complementary and compatible to the various planning steps carried out in the MRC or region (e.g.: local planning and development, action plan, scheme for the economy and employment sector, strategic plan in agriculture).

All of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent municipalities that have a permanent agricultural zone subject to the Act on the protection of the territory and agricultural activities (ARPALAA, R.S.Q. Chapter P - 41.1) are affected by this approach. The permanent agricultural zone currently covers 94% of the territory of the MRC, 108,744 ha.

PDZA public meetings

Documents (in French) Meetings Minutes (in French)
Forest, agroforestry and maple sugaring
Table 1 (February 3)
Processing, agrotourism, direct markets and organic production
Table 2 (February 17)
Crop production, livestock and agrienvironment
Table 3 (March 9)
Young farmers, labour and training
Table 4 (March 23)


Press releases

Communiqué – démarrage du 2 novembre 2015


Documentary resources

La trousse d’information de l’UPA - The UPA information kit

Le site d’information du MAPAQ sur les PDZA - MAPAQ website about PDZA

Le guide Gourmand du Haut-Saint-Laurent

Le Circuit du Paysan

Le Garde-manger du Québec

Le marché fermier du comté de Huntingdon - Huntingdon Farmer's market



For more information, you can contact Alexandre Racicot, project manager, at 450-264-5411, ext. 237 or by e-mail at:


Project partners

The Centre local de développement (CLD) du Haut-Saint-Laurent and the Direction régionale de la Montérégie Ouest du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ). The realization of the PDZA is also supported by: