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The facts about Canadian dairy

Last Updated: November 29, 2018

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.
Learn more about supply management. 

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.                          

Learn more about Love Canadian Milk.  

Know the facts—not the myths

From trade, marketing and innovation. There's a lot of myths about the dairy industry. We've compiled the facts to help consumers make an informed decision. 

Learn more about myths and facts.  

Ontario’s contribution to the economy

In 2017, Ontario’s 3,586 dairy farms produced nearly 3 billion litres of fresh milk. Quality tested twice, the milk in your glass was transported to a local Ontario dairy processor, where it was pasteurized, packaged, and then delivered to grocery stores. All within about 72 hours. These everyday acts supported approximately 74,000 jobs in Ontario and contributed nearly $6 billion to our GDP.

Learn more about the Ontario dairy industry by the numbers.

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.


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