What is the Carte Proximité?

A method of payment

Carte Proximité is a food stamps project for local food. The card can be used as a method of payment at any of the participating markets to purchase food items that are sourced from local farms. Carte Proximité is helping to make healthy food more accessible to all, creating solidarity, promoting local farmers and strengthening short supply chains.
Did you mention solidarity?

Food stamps

Not all folks have access to local fruits and vegetables for economic reasons. Hundreds of people will receive free cards, and money will be deposited onto them monthly. So they too will have the purchasing power be able to buy more fresh produce and support the local economy.
Did you mention farmers?

Buying local

With the Carte Proximité, we encourage our local economy and local supply chains. That is, produce goes straight from the farm to the shelf in the market. Fewer middlemen means fresher food and fairer prices that value the work of our farmers.
What can be purchased with the Carte Proximité?

Fresh, whole, local foods

With Carte Proximité, you can stock up on local fruits and vegetables as well as various food items that are sourced directly from producers. You can also purchase milk, non-dairy milks without added sugar, and local eggs. The availability of food items varies from market to market and throughout the season.
Where can the Carte Proximité be used?

Find your market

The card can be used at various markets and farm stands. Consult the map to find out their locations and their opening hours.

Check the balance on your card
How can I obtain a card?

Purchase a card in solidarity!

Because the Carte Proximité is intended to improve access to healthy food, hundreds of cards are given to people living with food insecurity. These cards are distributed through community organizations.

You can also purchase a Carte Proximité by purchasing it from a participating market or online. In purchasing a Carte Proximité, you contribute to your community by supporting your favorite market and ensuring that farmers have a ready market for their produce.

In addition, you can buy a Carte proximité for a family in a situation of vulnerability. Your donation will directly increase the impact of this program.
I received a Carte Proximité from a community organization. When and what amounts will be deposited?

Monthly deposits

Hang onto your card, because a monthly amount will be deposited between July and October. The amounts depend on the size of your household:
  • One-person household: 25$/month
  • Two-person household: 50$/month
  • Three or more-person household: 100$/month
The monthly amount will be deposited in the first week of each month. If you don't spend the full amount within the month, it will roll over to the following month. We still encourage you to use your card regularly, because the funds will expire at the end of the month of October when the project wraps up for the year.

Do you operate a market?

Accept the Carte Proximité

Are you a community food organization?

Distribute the Carte Proximité

All together in solidarity, with the Carte Proximité, let’s build a more human, farmer-focused food system.