Mission, Vision, History

Optimize research, innovation and knowledge transfer to grow a successful and sustainable pork sector.

CDPQ's intervention is mainly in:
  • Analyzing and evaluating data
  • Animal well-being and behaviour
  • Building and livestock management
  • Feeding and animal nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Health and biosecurity
  • Live-animal measurement technologies
  • Management and Economics
  • Meat Quality
  • Public health issues

A key reference and partner of choice for the booming Quebec and Canadian swine industry.

In 1992, the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) transferred the management of all programs related to genetics, health, and herd analysis, together with the assessment trials on commercially raised pigs, to the Centre de développement du porc du Québec inc. with $1.6 million per year in funding over five years. MAPAQ maintained this level of funding for the first eleven years, and then gradually reduced its support to $1.175 million in 2006-2007.

Moreover, Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec in support of technological development in the Quebec swine sector, have contributed to CDPQ financing since October 2001, with a check-off of 10 cents per pig slaughtered and produced in Quebec.

Although initially created to manage MAPAQ's swine production programs, CDPQ now offers its wide-ranging expertise to all parts of the swine sector, while maintaining a role as coordinator. Within CDPQ committees, working groups made up of experts from the pig sector promote the development of several areas of activity where CDPQ is involved.

CDPQ works closely with the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI), which brings together a team of geneticists responsible for meeting the needs not only of the CDPQ, but also of Western Swine Testing Association (WSTA), Ontario Swine Improvement (OSI) and the Atlantic Swine Centre (ASC), when it comes to genetic improvements.