3. A body, hereinafter called “the commission”, is established under the name of “Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec”.
It is the function of the commission to secure the preservation of the agricultural land of Québec and to promote, in keeping with the concept of sustainable development, the preservation and development of agricultural activities and enterprises. For that purpose, it is commissioned
(a) to decide on applications for authorization submitted to it pursuant to the Act in respect of the use, subdivision or alienation of a lot and applications for the inclusion or exclusion of a lot in or from an agricultural zone;
(b) to issue the operating permits required for the removal of topsoil, in accordance with Division V;
(c) to describe, in cooperation with the local municipality, the agricultural zone in the territory of that local municipality;
(d) to issue a notice in any other case where a matter must be referred to it pursuant to the Act;
(e) to supervise the administration of this Act.
The commission may sue and be sued before the courts for purposes of the carrying out this Act.
The commission shall give its opinion or advice to the Minister on every matter he refers to it, and may make recommendations to him in respect of any matter relating to the preservation of agricultural land.
1978, c. 10, s. 3; 1982, c. 40, s. 2; 1996, c. 2, s. 793; 2021, c. 352021, c. 35, s. 741.