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Updated: May 15, 2019
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New mental health resource page

May 15, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario has launched a mental health awareness page on its website, available at www.milk.org/mentalhealth, which is geared toward Ontario dairy farmers and their families.

The new page features articles, links to organizations offering mental health support, a calendar of events listing mental health-related courses and training, important phone numbers, as well as related information on mental health research in Ontario and Canada.

Dairy farmers are encouraged to check the page regularly for updates since new information and resources will be uploaded as they become available.

P5 quota message

April 27, 2019

Upon recommendation of the P5 Quota Committee, the P5 Boards have agreed that Ontario will modify its monthly credit day limitation from 2 days to 1 day per month and implement an over-quota penalty of $20/hl, from May 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

These measures are added to the collective efforts deployed at the P5 level, to help address short term challenges to processing capacity.

Effective August 1st 2019, Ontario will remove the credit day limitation measure and their over quota penalty will be $0/hl.

The P5 producer quota will be modified as of November 1, 2019 in order to achieve quota issuance harmonization. Any existing quota issuance differences at that time will be eliminated either by a quota issuance increase in Quebec and the Maritime provinces and (or) a decrease in Ontario according to the situation of production and market.

The P5 Quota Committee will continue to monitor market demand and production trend and determine if further production signals including the issuance of Fall incentive days are required.

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Message du Comité des quotas du P5

Suivant une recommandation du Comité des quotas du P5, l’Ontario modifiera sa mesure de limitation de tolérance mensuelle qui passera de 2 jours à 1 jour pour la période du 1er mai au 31 juillet 2019.

D’autre part, une pénalité hors quota de 20$ par hectolitre sera également en vigueur durant la même période. Ces mesures s’ajoutent aux efforts collectifs déployés au niveau du P5, afin de faire face à un défi à court terme en termes de capacité de transformation.

Le 1er août 2019, l’Ontario enlèvera la limitation de tolérance mensuelle et la pénalité de hors quota 20$/hL sera également réduite à 0$/hL.

Le droit de produire des Producteurs de P5 sera modifié le 1er novembre 2019 afin  d’harmoniser l’émission de quota. La différence d’émission de quota entre les provinces de P5 sera éliminée soit par une hausse de quota au Québec et dans les provinces maritimes et (ou) par une diminution de quota en Ontario selon la situation de la production et du marché.

Le Comité des quotas du P5 va continuer à surveiller l’évolution du marché et la production de lait et déterminera si d’autres mesures de production incluant l’émission d’incitatifs automnaux seront requises.

Ad campaign launched

April 22, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) spring advertising campaign launched today, Monday, April 22.

Click here to watch DFO's new commercial.

DFO policy amendments: Parent-to-Child Top-Up

March 28, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) board has lifted, effective April 5, 2019, the moratorium placed on March 1, 2019, regarding the Parent-to-Child Top-Up policy.

The Parent-to-Child Top-Up policy has been amended to address the situation where a licence is in the name of a corporation or partnership. 

Parent-to-Child Top-Up policy: The parent can transfer up to 50 per cent of their quota, the eligible amount based on the parent’s quota holdings at the time of their first transfer.

Where quota is held with a licence in the name of a corporation, the maximum percentage of a parent’s quota eligible for transfer shall be determined by calculating 50 per cent of the parent’s total common and-or voting beneficial interest in the corporation held at the time of the first transfer and for a minimum period of five years immediately prior to the first transfer;

Where quota is held with a licence in the name of a partnership, the maximum percentage of the parent’s quota eligible for transfer shall be determined by calculating 50 per cent of the parent’s total equity partnership interest at the time of their first transfer and for a minimum period of five years immediately prior to the first transfer.

In addition, some minor changes have been made to the New Entrant Quota Assistant Program policy.

New Entrant Quota Assistance Program policy:

Application packages must contain all required DFO approvals, other than with respect to NEQAP. Applications will not be accepted if they are contingent on any additional DFO approvals;

DFO staff will do an initial review of all selected application packages to ensure the application meets DFO policy requirements.

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MANCHETTE : Modifications des politiques de DFO

Le conseil de Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) a levé, à compter du 5 avril 2019, le moratoire placé le 1er mars 2019 concernant la politique de quotas supplémentaires lors d’un transfert d’un parent à un enfant.

Cette politique a été modifiée pour répondre à la situation où un permis est au nom d’une société par actions ou d’une société de personnes.  

Politique de quotas supplémentaires lors d’un transfert d’un parent à un enfant : Le parent peut transférer jusqu’à 50 % de son quota; la quantité admissible est fondée sur les quotas détenus par le parent au moment de son premier transfert.

Lorsque le quota est détenu avec un permis au nom d’une société par actions, le pourcentage maximal du quota du parent admissible au transfert est déterminé en calculant 50 % de l’intérêt bénéficiaire dans des actions ordinaires et (ou) avec droit de vote du parent qu’il détient au sein de la société au moment du premier transfert et pour une période minimale de cinq ans précédant immédiatement le premier transfert.

Lorsque le quota est détenu avec un permis au nom d’une société de personnes, le pourcentage maximal du quota du parent admissible au transfert est déterminé en calculant 50 % de la participation du parent dans la société de personnes au moment du premier transfert et pendant une période minimale de cinq ans précédant immédiatement le premier transfert.

De plus, certains changements mineurs ont été apportés à la politique du programme d’assistance-quota pour nouveaux venus (PAQNV).

Politique du programme d’assistance-quota pour les nouveaux venus (PAQNV) :

  • Les trousses de demande doivent contenir toutes les approbations de DFO requises, autres que celles concernant le PAQNV. Les demandes ne seront pas acceptées si elles nécessitent des approbations de DFO supplémentaires;
  • Le personnel de DFO mènera un examen initial de toutes les trousses de demande sélectionnées pour s’assurer que la demande est conforme aux exigences de politiques de DFO.

DFC press release regarding 2019 federal budget

March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomes today’s Budget 2019 announcement, which contains a funding envelope of $3.9 billion to compensate Canada’s dairy, poultry, and egg sectors for the impact of concessions granted in the recent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Of that amount, $2.15 billion would be available for income losses and another $1.5 billion for a Quota Value Guarantee Program.

“The federal government recognizes the impact of trade agreements on our sector and is following through on its commitment to support our domestic dairy industry,” says Pierre Lampron, DFC’s President of the Board of Directors.

The combined impact of concessions granted under CETA, CPTPP, and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) represent annual losses of 8.4% of Canada’s milk production.

Today’s announcement focuses on the agreements that have been ratified. “We also welcome the government’s commitment to continue the dialogue on the future impact of CUSMA on our sector,” added Mr. Lampron.

Additional comments will follow once details of the announcement are provided.  

To view the press release, click here

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Le 19 mars 2019 (Ottawa, ON) - Les Producteurs laitiers du Canada (PLC) se réjouissent de l’annonce faite aujourd’hui dans le Budget de 2019, qui prévoit une enveloppe financière de 3,9 milliards de dollars pour indemniser les secteurs canadiens du lait, de la volaille et des œufs pour l’impact des concessions accordées dans le récent Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) et l’Accord de Partenariat transpacifique global et progressiste (PTPGP). De ce montant, 2,15 milliards de dollars seraient disponibles pour les pertes de revenu et 1,5 milliard de plus pour un programme de garantie de la valeur des quotas.

« Le gouvernement fédéral reconnaît l’impact des accords commerciaux sur notre secteur et donne suite à son engagement d’appuyer notre industrie laitière nationale », déclare Pierre Lampron, président du Conseil d’administration des PLC.

L’impact combiné des concessions accordées en vertu de l’AECG, du PPTC et de l’Accord Canada-États-Unis-Mexique (ACEUM) représente pour les producteurs laitiers canadiens un manque à gagner annuel de 8,4 %.

L’annonce d’aujourd’hui concerne les accords déjà ratifiés. « Nous nous réjouissons également de l’engagement du gouvernement à poursuivre le dialogue sur l’impact futur de l’ACEUM sur notre secteur », a conclu M. Lampron.

D’autres commentaires suivront une fois que les détails de l’annonce seront connus.

2019 federal budget announcement

March 19, 2019

The federal government announced its 2019 budget today. 

The budget includes up to $3.9 billion to compensate Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg sectors for the impact of concessions granted in the recent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Of that amount, $2.15 billion would be available for producer income losses and another $1.5 billion for a Quota Value Guarantee Program.  

DFO thanks the government and looks forward to continuing to work together to ensure a vibrant and healthy future for our dairy sector.

Further information will be shared as more details become available. 

New minister of agriculture and agri-food

March 5, 2019

Mar. 5, 2019

On March 1, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new minister of agriculture and agri-food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, who previously served as minister of international development. Bibeau replaces Lawrence MacAulay, who has moved to veterans affairs. The Compton–Stanstead member of Parliament (MP) will be the first female agriculture minister in Canadian history.

Marie-Claude Bibeau’s bio and mandate

Bibeau was elected as the MP for the Compton—Stanstead riding, in Quebec, in October 2015. She has served as a minister since 2015.

Bibeau began her career at the Canadian International Development Agency, where she went on postings to Morocco and Benin. After settling down with her family in Quebec’s eastern townships, she became a successful businesswoman and was actively involved in her community.

In her formal role as minister of international development, she helped refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people and supporting fragile states. In June 2017, after several months of consultations, Bibeau launched Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy. This innovative new vision will make Canada a leader in the fight against poverty by prioritizing gender equality in the country’s international assistance programming.

Supported by this new policy, Bibeau advocated for actions and initiatives that empowered women and girls, and defended their rights. As well, she was at the heart of Canada’s strategy for implementing the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both at home and around the world.

In helping Canada exercise its leadership on global health issues, she played a key role in ensuring Canada hosted the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal in September 2016. She was also instrumental in ensuring Canada will host the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, which will bring together 6,000 people.

In her current role, Bibeau’s overarching goal is to support the agricultural sector so it can lead the way in job creation and innovation. Knowing Canada’s farmers, ranchers and food processors are the foundation of the food sector, Bibeau will aim to help Canada’s agriculture sector be safer, stronger and more innovative.

DFO board decision

March 1, 2019

Effective March 1, 2019, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Board made the decision to place a moratorium on requests for parent-to-child top-up until the Parent-to-Child Top-Up policy has been revised to clearly reflect the intent of the policy and changes to the policy are announced.

DFO partners with Ontario Basketball

February 26, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario announces multi-year partnership with Ontario Basketball

  • Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) embarks on a multi-year partnership with the Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) to increase youth access to basketball in communities across Ontario.
  • DFO and OBA to work together to enhance existing and develop new basketball events and opportunities for youth in Ontario under DFO’s Recharge With Milk/Stay Real With Milk program.
  • The OBA will help connect grassroots, community basketball with DFO’s pro team partnerships with the Toronto Raptors and 905.

MISSISSAUGA, TORONTO–Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has partnered with Ontario Basketball (OBA) to advance the shared organizational goal of increasing accessibility to community basketball for youth across Ontario.

As one of the three key sports under the DFO’s Recharge With Milk/Stay Real With Milk program, basketball is one of the fastest-growing and most inclusive, accessible sports, offering a unique opportunity to accelerate the program’s goals of increasing youth participation from the south to the north of the province. The new partnership will help support existing DFO partnerships with the Toronto Raptors and Raptors 905 in reaching young athletes who live outside of the GTA.

DFO Chair Murray Sherk is excited to see the Ontario-led program begin to take hold. “Working in partnership with strong, like-minded organizations to help amplify the good work they already do has had a great effect. Our partnerships with highly professional groups like Ontario Basketball allow us to align our investment with proven needs and opportunities that benefit youth at the grassroots level, without duplication of effort. Ontario Basketball is an important partner for us, and we’re looking forward to helping them grow and provide new programming that helps more kids benefit from a healthy, active lifestyle.”

DFO Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer Sean Bredt says, “As a non-profit organization that represents the interests of dairy farmers and their families across the province, it’s crucial that our Recharge With Milk program has a meaningful, measurable, and enduring effect on sport opportunities for youth at the community level. Every dollar we put into this program represents a direct investment from a real person, and our farmers want to see a positive impact on youth activity and opportunity in the communities where they live and work.”

OBA Executive Director Jason Jansson is thrilled for the support DFO will bring to basketball programming. “We are beyond excited to officially welcome the DFO as partners and get young basketball players across Ontario to Recharge With Milk! Their support will go a long way to making our basketball events and growing programs sustainable and more accessible. This will create a real positive impact in the basketball community in our province and help OBA achieve even more, and we thank a great organization like DFO for seeing the value in the development of our members.”

The DFO-OBA program will initially focus on in-game and in-tournament events and activations, building to integrated, jointly delivered sport nutrition programming and new opportunities for youth to enter the game across Ontario.

The partnership will see Recharge With Milk become the presenting sponsor of the 2019 OBA Provincial Championships, and starting in the 2019-20 season will be the presenting sponsor of the OBL league with over 650 teams.

In addition to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and the proven nutritional benefits of milk, the partnership will focus on grassroots sport events and youth engagement opportunities to fully integrate sport and food literacy activities across the Ontario basketball landscape.


About Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO)

www.milk.org | rechargewithmilk.ca

DFO is the marketing group for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture and is proudly owned and operated by Ontario’s dairy farming families.

DFO has committed to multi-year partnerships with key Ontario sport organizations including Ontario Basketball, the Ottawa Senators, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) which includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies, and Raptors 905 to work together to make sports more accessible for young Ontario athletes. In addition to promoting the proven benefits of milk, the partnerships will focus on advancing grassroots and community sport initiatives and developing new sporting events and opportunities for youth at the community level.

For more information, please contact Laural Adams at: laural.adams@milk.org

Twitter: @RechargeWMilk
Facebook: @RechargeWithMilk
Instagram: @rechargewithmilk

To learn more about Ontario Basketball Association (OBA), click here.

Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium

February 8, 2019

The Southw Western Ontario Dairy Symposium will be held on Feb. 21, at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Ont., with doors opening at 9 a.m.

The day will start with Carol Novick from Coca-Cola Ltd., presenting on the launch of fairlife milk in Canada and in Ontario’s dairy industry. This year’s keynote speaker is Terry O’Reilly, host and writer of the Under the Influence documentary series and podcast on CBC Radio. He’ll highlight the power of storytelling and the application of marketing in the dairy industry.

Other speakers include Justin Bell, a new entrant in organic dairy production, and John Brunsveld, an organic dairy producer, who will speak on the ins and outs of organic dairy production.

Tom Wright, dairy cattle specialist from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will speak on the total protein versus true protein milk test and how to manage protein content in milk. Dairy consultant Jack Rodenburg will identify herd management opportunities to improve producers’ bottom line as profit margins decline.

This year also marks the return of the Speak Your Mind session, the open discussion at the end of the symposium where producers can share their thoughts, as well as Food from Our Farms, a session with new and innovative dairy products provided by lunch sponsors, which will be appetizing and educational.

Registration fees will be $20 at the door. For more information, click here.

The event is planned and sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, through its Dairy Producer Committees in Essex-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Elgin, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, Norfolk, Wentworth, Haldimand and Niagara, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. 

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