A joint plan is a legal tool that allows Quebec producers to organize collectively to market their products.
Joint plans can only be implemented with the authorization of Régie des marchés agricoles, the Quebec agricultural marketing board, based on strict, predetermined criteria. The board can also make changes to a joint plan submitted to it for approval. Once a plan is in effect, all producers affected by the plan are subject to it, as with any other law or regulation adopted by the government.
Under a joint plan, producers can regulate the production and marketing of their products and collectively negotiate the terms of sale.
However, these regulations and sales agreements with buyers must always be approved by the Quebec agricultural marketing board.
In 1990, 67% of maple syrup producers affected by the joint plan voted, and 84% of them were in favour. The Quebec maple syrup producers’ joint plan was born.