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Updated: September 11, 2017
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New Entrant Quota Assistance Program

September 11, 2017

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) New Entrant Quota Assistance Program is designed to assist those with an interest in dairy farming who may not otherwise have the financial means or opportunity to get started in the industry.
The P5 makes available 112 kilograms of quota per year for the program in Ontario.  Subject to DFO issuing a licence to produce and market milk and approving an order to issue quota, DFO will match from 12 to 16 kilograms of quota to each successful applicant.
DFO has given priority access to 3 new entrants who plan on shipping organic milk.  As a result, there are only 4 positions available.

Click here for the application.  The deadline to submit the 2018 application is October 31, 2017.
If you have further questions, please contact the Field Services Representative in your area of the province.

New Milestone in Dairy Farmers’ Sustainability Story

September 7, 2017

On Friday, September 1, 2017, the next phase of Canadian dairy’s sustainability initiative, officially began. Dairy farmers are required to keep additional records about the care and traceability of their animals on the farm, as part of the proAction® initiative.

Canadian dairy farmers have traditionally employed sustainable practices on their farm and therefore have a great sustainability story to tell. Stakeholders and partners, such as processors, retailers, NGOs, and researchers, have noticed the continuous improvement made to raise standards in the Canadian dairy industry. To be able to share our story with credibility, it is increasingly important to measure and demonstrate our world-class standards in producing high quality milk in a sustainable way, in line with Canadian values. In 2013, we expanded our sustainability initiative, which we call proAction, building on the successful Canadian track record for milk quality and food safety, and we are gradually adding the verification of various sustainability metrics over the years.

The initiative documents credible metrics and independently validates each farm to prove to customers that farmers do things right. For example, Holstein Canada has already conducted cattle assessments on over 20% of farms, one of the steps of the new Animal Care module, which is based on the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. By September 2019, all farms will have undergone this official independent assessment, a validation and have record-keeping, on top of good management practices they already employ.  These additional steps confirm that farmers measure their progress to continue to farm sustainably.

The ability to trace our animals and their whereabouts is key to maintaining the confidence of Canadians in our sector. In Canada, all cattle have been systematically ear-tagged since the federal regulations came into force in 2001 and 99 percent of dairy farms have a premises identification number.


“We have long been sustainable in our farming practices and are very passionate about what we do. Our respect for resources, animals and the environment are the reasons the sector is sustainable today. We intend to move forward, building on our strengths, to be sustainable tomorrow.”

– Pierre Lampron, DFC president

“As dairy farmers, we are very proud to collectively demonstrate responsible stewardship of our animals and land, sustainably producing milk and meat that are high quality, safe, and nutritious. Treating our animals well, and providing excellent care is one of the highest priorities of the Canadian dairy sector.

– David Wiens, DFC vice-president and chair of the proAction committee


New Entrant Quota Assistance Program

August 31, 2017

The application period for the New Entrant Quota Assistance Program will be open from September 12, 2017 to October 31, 2017. 

The application and number of available positions will be posted on September 12, 2017.

AAFC temporarily stops accepting applications for dairy farm investment program

August 29, 2017

As of 3 p.m. Aug. 29, 2017, the Dairy Farm Investment Program’s first application window is fully subscribed. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is therefore no longer accepting applications for small projects ending before March 31, 2019, and large projects ending before March 31, 2020.

All applications received prior to this time will be reviewed according to the first-come-first-served principle until funding is fully committed. A waiting list will then be created should funds become available due to cancelled or rejected investment projects reviewed during this first window for applications.

Dairy producers will be notified in the coming months of the next window to apply for funding for subsequent years of the five-year (2017 - 2022) program.

See website for more details.

Campaign to keep dairy in Canada's Food Guide

August 28, 2017

Dairy Farmers of Ontario, together with Dairy Farmers of Canada and all provinces, have started an aggressive campaign to address the concern that proposed changes to Canada’s Food Guide will leave dairy out of the updated guide.

If the guide is published as proposed, it will actively discourage Canadians from consuming dairy products and several meat-based proteins.  This goes against the advice of Health Canada’s own expert advisors.

The changes would adversely affect the health of Canadians, with children and seniors hardest hit, and be devastating to Canada’s agricultural sector, especially dairy.

The government refuses to listen to the perspective of our industry – but individual farmers and Canadian dairy consumers can make their voices heard.

In order to accomplish this, we are asking all producers to support this campaign in two ways.

  1. Book meetings with your MPs to share your concerns about the proposed changes to Canada’s Food Guide. Materials for these meetings can be downloaded below.
    • Please book these meetings prior to September 12th when Parliament resumes.  We need MPs to have heard loud and clear how damaging these changes would be for Canadians and farmers.
  2. Share the English and French websites and These websites outline the importance of dairy remaining in the Food Guide. They also links to a letter Canadians can send electronically to their MPs. We need thousands of Canadians to speak up.

It is important for us to mobilize now to ensure dairy remains in Canada's Food Guide.


Meeting Materials

Canadian Dairy System

Concerned Canadian Doctors Food Guide Letter

Website Handout Final

The integrated proAction Reference Manual and Workbook are now available

August 24, 2017

These documents replace the Food Safety (CQM) Reference Manual and Workbook as well as the Animal Care and Livestock Traceability Farmer Manual (dated July 2015), previously available on DFO's website. Printed copies will be mailed to all producers within the next few weeks.

The new proAction Reference Manual describes the Food Safety (CQM), Animal Care and Livestock Traceability requirements, which have been integrated into one seamless program.  "Place holders" have been left within the Reference Manual for Biosecurity and Environment requirements.  They will be included in an updated Manual scheduled for publication in September 2018.  Click below to access.

proAction Reference Manual   English | French
proAction Workbook              English | French

U.S. dairy divided over Canada’s supply management system in NAFTA

August 21, 2017

A vocal contingent of American farmers actually supports the Canadian system of price-and-import controls and wants their national negotiators to leave the Canadian system alone.

Click here for the full article

Government announces TRQ allocation

August 1, 2017

Today, the government released a news release about the tariff rate quota (TRQ) allocation for EU cheese under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which is below. Dairy Processors Associations of Canada (DPAC) and DFC issued a joint release to react to the TRQ announcement. Click here to read.  Visit for updates on this issue.


Minister of International Trade supports small and medium-sized enterprises with new quotas for EU cheese

August 1, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

As part of its progressive trade agenda, the Government of Canada is working to ensure that the benefits of trade are delivered to middle-class workers, families, farmers and businesses of all sizes and in all regions across Canada. As of September 21st, Canadians will benefit from the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the most progressive trade agreement ever negotiated by Canada and the European Union.

After broad consultations, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced the allocation of the new tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for imports of cheese from the EU under the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Importantly, Canadian companies that previously did not have permits to import cheese will now be able to apply for a share of the new CETA import quotas.

These quotas will provide new opportunities for Canadian businesses in the cheese sector, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which will be allocated 60 per cent of the quotas—with small and medium sized cheese manufacturers receiving 30 per cent of the quota and small and medium-sized distributers and retailers receiving the other 30 per cent of the quota. Large manufacturers will be allocated 20 per cent of the quotas and large distributors and retailers will receive the other 20 per cent of the quotas. With respect to the distribution of quotas between the manufacturers and the distributors and retailers, the split will be 50/50.

Canadian consumers will also benefit as new varieties of European cheese will be made available for consumption in Canada. Canadian companies of all sizes will benefit from new opportunities to import EU cheese, growing their businesses in the process.




Distributors & Retailers


Small and Medium Enterprises 30% 30% 60%
Large Enterprises 20% 20% 40%
Total 50% 50% 100%

Government accepting funding applications beginning Aug. 22

August 1, 2017

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced today it will begin accepting applications on Aug. 22 for the Dairy Farm Investment Program and the Dairy Processing Investment Fund.


The Dairy Farm Investment Program is designed to support the productivity and the competitiveness of dairy farmers, and help the sector adapt to the anticipated impacts from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The program helps Canadian dairy producers improve productivity through upgrades to their equipment.

The maximum funding amount per licensed dairy farm, for the five-year duration of the program, is $250,000. Applicants may apply more than once, and for more than one project; however, the total reimbursements for all approved projects will not exceed $250,000.

The minimum funding amount that will be considered for a project is $1,000.

Click here for more information and to apply.


The Dairy Processing Investment Fund was established to provide funding to dairy processors for investments that will improve productivity and competitiveness, and help them prepare to market changes resulting from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The maximum funding available per Capital Investment project is $10 million and $250,000 per Access to Expertise project.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Visit for updates on this issue.

Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program Deadline Extended to August 18, 2017

July 31, 2017

The application period for the Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program (ONEQAP-2018) is extended to August 18, 2017.

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