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More opportunities for urban agriculture in Saint-Laurent

June 21, 2023  By Greenhouse Canada

June 21, 2023 – In Quebec, Saint-Laurent Council granted approval for new “urban agriculture” usage, which are now authorized inside buildings and on their rooftops. In particular, greenhouses are permitted on all industrial rooftops.

“By democratizing access to urban agriculture in Saint-Laurent, we not only want to meet the growing needs of our residents in recent years but also take a concrete step towards biodiversity and greening our territory. In addition, this will promote short food chains and local sourcing, opening up opportunities for new, innovative projects such as those already famous on our commercial and industrial rooftops. Beyond that, and above all, it’s about continuing our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change as part of our 2021-2030 Climate Emergency Plan,” said Alan DeSousa, mayor of Saint-Laurent, in a press release.

Growing fruits and vegetables was already allowed inside buildings located in industrial zones. With the creation of a new “urban agriculture” use, Saint-Laurent is adding the possibility of producing edible mushrooms, insects, and fish. In all, nearly 1,000 industrial and some commercial buildings are concerned.


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