Canards du Lac-Brome: Quebec and Ottawa pledge financial support

Ottawa and Quebec will provide financial support to Canards du Lac-Brome to help the company recover from outbreaks of bird flu that resulted in the loss of three of its farms.

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The Brome-Missisquoi Federal Assemblyman and Minister in charge of the Regional Economic Development Agency, Pascale St-Onge, acknowledged that the situation was “particularly difficult” for the company and assured that she was in contact with the team to ensure the resumption of activities to support in a safe way.

“I know they are redoubling their vigilance and being very strict about the application of biosecurity measures. Our government is supporting businesses affected by the crisis with a range of risk management programs. We continue to follow the evolution of the situation closely,” she added in a press release on Thursday.

Before her in Rimouski, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, confirmed his intention to support the company in a rapid revival of its activities.

Within a week, the company lost 75% of its production due to bird flu outbreaks at three of its hatcheries.

The euthanasia of approximately 2,000 breeding birds at the Knowlton site and the destruction of over 400,000 hatching eggs had a significant impact on the business. It will take 10 to 12 months for activities to return to normal.

In addition to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s compensation for culled birds, there are “a number of risk management programs” that the company may be eligible for.

The company will have no choice but to implement massive layoffs in four to five weeks when it runs out of poultry to slaughter.

The processing plant in Val des Sources employs almost 200 of these professionals. Managers’ concerns are centered on avoiding their migration to other employers.

Canards du Lac-Brome serves 60% of the Canadian market with its various products. Sales are about $45 million.

Renewing the genetic inventory of Peking ducks will take time as the suppliers are based in France and England, two countries also affected by the spread of the H5N1 virus.

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