Quebec’s agricultural land protection committee (the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec, or CPTAQ) has a mandate to:
- decide on requests for authorization submitted to it under the Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles relating to uses for purposes other than agriculture, lot subdivision and the transfer of lots as well as the inclusion of lots in the zone.
- issue the operating permits required for removal of arable soil and turf;
- oversee application of the law by conducting the appropriate verifications and inquiries and, where required, ensuring that infractions are penalized;
- advise the government on any question relating to the protection of agricultural land;
- issue a statement on any question referred to it under the law.
The law protecting agricultural land (LPTAA) applies to all Quebec land south of the 50th parallel.