To the 11,300 Québec maple syrup producers – exceptional measures taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
In these turbulent times, government directives concerning the COVID-19 pandemic will indefinitely affect Producer Services offered by the Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec as well as future maple syrup classification.
The Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec organization has had to reduce its staff to a minimum. However, we want to reassure you that we have a contingency plan in place to ensure service to producers and buyers at all times as well as payment of classification advances, which should begin in the first week of April, as in previous years.
Maple Syrup Classification
For maple syrup delivery and classification at authorized buyers or in Laurierville, we must, by mutual agreement with the buyers, restrict plant access to only those people essential to their operation. Therefore, in addition to plant staff, only ACER Inspection Division classification teams will be admitted at the various authorized buyers. As a result and until further notice, producers will no longer be able to attend their classification or have access to unloading and weighing areas due to exceptional public health grounds related to the pandemic we are currently experiencing.
Remember that all producers can always consult their classification reports in the Producer section of the website and request a classification review in the same section if necessary.
We also want to remind you that hygiene rules must be followed meticulously at all times when producing maple syrup and its by-products. For any questions regarding MAPAQ clients, please go to www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Avis_Publicite/Pages/COVID-19_QuestionsReponses.aspx.