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The facts about Canadian dairy

Last Updated: September 26, 2018

In the news   


(Comox Valley Record, Sept. 25, 2018) B.C. dairy farmer says Trump doesn’t understand the industry

(Mountain View Gazette, Sept. 25, 2018) Rally supports dairy industry
 
(Sault Online, Sept. 14, 2018) Canada’s dairy sector vital to food sovereignty and consumers, says national union leader


Learn more about Canadian dairy and supply management in the news. 
 
 

What is supply management? 


Canada’s supply management system provides balance in the dairy sector by enabling Canadian dairy farmers to act collectively to negotiate price and adjust milk production to meet consumer demand.
 
While farmers around the world face unexpected and inexplicable wild market fluctuations, Canadian farmers sell their milk at constant and stable prices.
 
As a result, Canadian dairy farming is one of the few agricultural sectors that are self-sufficient—providing income security for farmers and requiring no government subsidy. This means Canadian farmers can invest in their farms, communities and Canada.
 
To learn more, click here. 

 

Love Canadian Milk  

                                                                                                                                
The Canadian dairy system isn't just about balancing supply and demand to ensure a fair return for dairy farmers.                 
It ensures Canadians can count on safe, high-quality milk produced by local farming families.                                                             
It keeps artificial growth hormones out of the milk consumers drink. 
It grows the rural economy. It minimizes waste. And it costs taxpayers nothing.                          
                                                    
 
To learn more, click here.  
                                                                                                                                                                    

Frequently asked questions about trade


The Canadian dairy system is known for its disciplined approach in supplying the domestic market. It does not contribute to world milk surpluses, or interfere in developing countries’ dairy industries by dumping excess milk into their markets.
 
Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the U.S., with US$283 billion worth of goods exported to Canadain 2017—more than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined. Canada is the number one export destination formost American states, and cross-border trade and investment support nearly nine million jobs in the U.S.
 
Canada and theUnited States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the U.S., with US$283 billion worth of goods exported to Canada in 2017—more than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.
 
Read more answers to frequently asked questions here. (French version found here.)
 

Know the facts --not the myths


THE MYTH: Deregulation of wholesale dairy markets has produced positive outcomes that Canada can benefit from.

THE FACTS: In comparison with some deregulated markets, Canada’s dairy sector is strong and profitable, with zero government or taxpayer subsidies. The Canadian dairy system matches milk supply to consumer demand, with the combined goal of eliminating food waste and ensuringthe quality and sustainability of the dairy industry.

Read more myths and facts here  
 

Ontario’s contribution to the economy


Ontario dairy industry statistics by the numbers here
 

DFO in the media


Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) board and leadership believe it is important to speak to the media on topics related to the dairy industry. This list has been designed to show some of the places where DFO spokespeople have been quoted, and to share the context of their message. The list will be updated on a regular basis, however we also recommend you visit our social media channels for the most recent information.
 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s social media channels

Twitter: @DairyOntario and @OntarioMilk
Facebook: /OntarioDairy
Instagram: @dairy_farmersont
 
Questions can be directed to Laural Adams laural.adams@milk.org

 
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