Government of Québec invests $1.8M in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Government of Québec invests $1.8M in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The Government of Québec is providing financial support to Bishop’s University to further advance the development of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) program.

Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann has announced a recurring yearly grant of $600,000 for the next three years aimed at developing regional expertise in the field of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The funds will be used to recruit professors and researchers that will strengthen the ongoing development of Bishop’s new SAFS program.

“Our universities have a role to play not only in training future workers, but also regarding research and innovation. The development of expertise in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems of biological agriculture is important for our economy and that’s why I’m glad for the support offered to Bishop’s. I’m confident the University’s expertise will allow for the development of this promising agricultural segment in developing knowledge that can benefit the entire population of Québec,” remarks Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education.

“The world is experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change. As individuals and institutions, we must act to address the climate crisis.  The SAFS program is an important initiative to help us respond locally to this global challenge. Many of our students are keen to learn the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture,” remarks Michael Goldbloom, C.M. Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University.

The support of the SAFS program by the Government of Québec will allow Bishop’s to accelerate the development of this program. Already led by a team of highly qualified academics, the additional professors and researchers will contribute to the expansion of knowledge in the Eastern Townships of this emerging academic discipline.



Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 ext. 2617