Supporting Canada’s supply-managed sectors
The Government of Canada has committed to full and fair support for supply-managed sectors following the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
On August 16, 2019, the federal government announced it will make available $1.75 billion over eight years to Canada’s nearly 11,000 dairy farmers.
Of this amount, $345 million will be paid in the first year, in the form of direct payments under the Dairy Direct Payment Program, and will benefit all dairy producers in proportion to their quota held. The intent is to mandate the Canadian Dairy Commission to make these payments. The federal government will continue to work with the Dairy Farmers of Canada to determine terms and conditions for future years.
The $1.75 billion made available would be in addition to the $250 million Dairy Farm Investment Program that already benefits more than 3,300 dairy producers across the country. This amounts to a total of $2 billion in federal support to dairy producers.
The Government of Canada remains committed to support the supply-managed sectors. Further details of the up to $3.9 billion allocated in Budget 2019 will be shared in due course.
To be eligible, Canadian licensed cow’s milk producers must own a valid dairy license and own milk quota and be registered with a provincial milk marketing board.
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