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Dairy Direct Payment Program: Step 1. What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

The Dairy Direct Payment Program registration period for the 2020-21 payment year is now closed. More information will be made available in the Fall of 2021 for the 2021-22 payment year.

The objective of the Dairy Direct Payment Program is to support dairy producers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements, namely the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

In August 2019, the federal government announced that it will make available $1.75 billion to supply-managed cow's milk producers. Up to $345 million in direct payments was made available in 2019-20.

In November 2020, the government announced the payment schedule for the remaining $1.405 billion in direct payments over the next three years:

Amounts are available up to March 31 of each year. To receive a payment, registrations must be signed and received no later than March 31 of each year.

Eligible producers must register every year of the program to receive a payment.

The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has been mandated to deliver the program. The CDC will:

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