Maple Syrup Production Quotas

The main purpose of the quota system is to adjust the supply of maple syrup to consumer demand. It has three other objectives:

Stabilize the selling price for maple producers and, ultimately, the price consumers pay
Stimulate investment in the maple industry
Maintain the number of maple syrup enterprises in production, regardless of size
Annual production volume allocated to each maple syrup enterprise

Birth of the Maple Syrup Quota System

In 2004, after consultation with about 2,000 maple producers from all the regions of Québec and a unanimous vote in favour by delegates and representatives at the annual meeting, Québec Maple Syrup Producers adopted the quota system with the Règlement sur le contingentement de la production et de la mise en marché du produit visé par le plan conjoint des producteurs acéricoles du Québec.

The book Si l’érable m’était conté explores the history of maple production, including the regulation of the industry through the work of Québec Maple Syrup Producers.