Considering the existing context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation UPA O-L wishes to regularly inform members-producers about measures adopted and recent news that may impact them. This webpage is updated frequently.


Services to members

  • Services to producers are maintained.
  • The Federation’s doors in St-Eustache are closed until September 14th.  Reopening will occur as the situation evolves. The services are available remotely (Accounting and Taxation; Employment Center; Democratic Life), by phone or e-mail.  Producers are invited to communicate, preferably via e-mail, for follow-up on their files with the different services.
  • You may also contact anyone directly at 450 472-0440.
  • Rest assured that the Federation team is putting all the means in place to ensure that services are given to producers.

If you have documents to give us, please contact your specialist.



Read the President’s message

Stéphane Alary, President of the Fédération UPA O-L

Read the director’s message

Nathalie Messias, Director of the Fédération UPA O-L


Useful Information

July 21, 2020

June 18, 2020

  • Expanded Eligibility: Canadian Emergency Business Account: The federal government is expanding the eligibility criteria for the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA, loan of $ 40,000) program. Small businesses operated by owners who were ineligible for the CEBA program because their payroll was too low, sole proprietorships whose owners draw income directly from their businesses, and family companies that pay workers through dividends rather than payroll will be eligible for the CEBA as of June 19.To participate in the CEBA program under the expanded criteria, applicants with less than $20,000 in payroll will require the following:

– a business account with a participating financial institution;
– a business number from Canada Revenue Agency;
– Declared income for 2018 or 2019;
– eligible expenses totalling between $ 40,000 and $ 1.5 million, which cannot be carried forward.

  • The current situation related to COVID-19 deprives certain enterprises of income and sometimes forces them to assume additional expenses, whether due to a decrease in demand for their products, a drop in the prices of these products, production or sales constraints, the inability of a buyer to pay them, a lack of manpower or the sanitary measures to be implemented. All of this has implications for corporate profitability. The MAPAQ has put online a simplified directory based on four main issues (cash, labor, marketing and health measures) as well as assistance measures, new or not, useful for the bio-food sector in view of these challenges.

June 12, 2020

May 29, 2020

  • INSPQ issues Preventative measures
    The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) has published a series of preventative measures affecting our sector that should be put in place. Many other measures can be found on the INSPQ website (

Pick your own

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Farmers markets

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Kiosks and shops

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Delivery and distribution points for food baskets

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Grocery stores and other essential stores

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Workers on produce and livestock farms

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Food processing

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Veterinary care workers

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Useful links

  • Employers and farm workers: You may consult the Agricarrieres websitefor important information and resources that are available.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council has created a web page to share updated information, recommendations, advice on employee management, tools (posters, policies) and links towards authorities.  That information aims at helping producers to react and limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farm businesses.
  • La Financière agricole is maintaining services to producers and offers support measures.
  • The presence of computer viruses is likely to be more frequent during a crisis. It is therefore recommended to avoid unrecognized sites when looking for information on COVID-19.  Official sites for Quebec and Canada are more appropriate: Canadian Government site; Quebec Government Site.
  • Écoute agricole des Laurentides (ÉAL) is maintaining its rural social worker service. On the Facebook page of ÉAL: information clips to help producers cope with the stress created by the situation.

Q & A

  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), the Financière agricole du Québec and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) have a Q & A section on their respective websites. If you cannot find an answer to your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • To acces the MAPAQ website, click here
  • To access the Financière agricole website, click here
  • To access the CNESST website, click here

Our Newsletters

June 25, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 12, 2020
June 4, 2020 May 28, 2020 May 22, 2020


News from the UPA (confederation)

Consult the UPA COVID-19 section

Every week, the Le Trait d’Union newsletter takes stock of topics and issues of interest to the UPA across the province.

Read UPA Newsletter of June 9 (in French)