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The facts about Canadian dairy

Last Updated: June 29, 2018

In the news     


US as dairy protectionist- new Independent Agri-Food Policy Note. 

Why supply management works:  

Thanks to supply management, farmers and processors are forging ahead with the biggest expansions and investments in more than a decade.

As Vermont's milk industry continues to free-fall, Canadian dairy farms are thriving thanks to supplymanagement.

U.S. dairy crisis isn’t because of Canada’s supply management system. It’s because the U.S. has too much milk.

Report: Deregulation in other countries has led to milk overproduction and dumping with governments swapping regulation for increased subsidies.

Canada’s tariff rate quotas are not inconsistent with NAFTA and WTO rules. The U.S. challenged Canada’s TRQs to NAFTA panel in 1996 and lost.

The U.S. dairy system encourages farmers to continue increasing milk production when prices are low, which leadsto flooded markets. This doesn’t happen with Canada’s supply management system.

The largest dairy co-operative in the U.S. is discussing supply management policies. Some farmers are turning to Canada for advice onhow the system could work in the U.S. 

U.S. dairy farmer: “Leave Canada alone. Of all the major dairy producers on earth, they are the only ones that do a really good job of matching their production to the market demand.”

Jan Slomp: Canada's beacon to dairy farmers around the world must not be extinguished.

Canada’s dairy system is designed to avoid crisis farmers in the U.S. are facing with the sudden cancellation of dairy contracts.
 

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 for most 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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