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Updated: November 16, 2017
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Proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 761 are now posted for comment

November 16, 2017

In July 2016, DFO requested changes to Ontario Regulation 761 to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, in order to implement the P5 harmonized penalty programs for Somatic Cell Count, Bacteria and Abnormal Freezing Point. DFO’s request also included the addition of new animal care and welfare provisions.

The proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 761 were posted for comment on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry on November 14, 2017. The comment period will close December 29, 2017.

Please click here to review the proposed changes and submit comments

New board member elected for Region 6

November 15, 2017

The ballot count for the 2017 Election for Board Member in Region 6 was held in accordance with the procedures detailed in Ontario Regulation 760, as amended, made under the Milk Act, on Nov. 14, 2017.

The candidate receiving the most votes in the election in Region 6 was Bonnie den Haan. DFO’s Board, at a meeting held via conference call on Nov. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m., declared Bonnie den Haan elected to serve as Board Member for Region 6, for a four-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of the DFO Annual General Meeting of dairy producers, on Jan. 11, 2018.

Ontario dairy farmers donate $150,000 to celebrate Canada 150

November 9, 2017

Mississauga, Nov. 9, 2017 – In celebration of Canada 150, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is pleased to announce the DFO Board, on behalf of Ontario’s dairy farmers, is donating $150,000 to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) for the purchase of milk and dairy products for Ontario families in need. To maximize its donation, DFO has partnered with Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd (Gay Lea Foods), who will provide products to the OAFB at cost for the next five years.

Individual Ontario dairy farmers already collectively donate, with the support of the Ontario Dairy Council and Ontario Milk Transport Association, almost one million litres of milk to the OAFB annually.  "Canada's 150th year is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful country we live and work in,” says DFO board chair Ralph Dietrich. “Dairy farmers across Ontario are very fortunate to be able to produce some of the highest quality milk in the world and to do so in our great country. The dairy industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy and to the health of Canadians. The DFO Board wants to give back to communities in need across Ontario. I believe it is important to ensure every Canadian has access to high-quality Canadian milk, and that is why I’m proud to announce this special donation to the OAFB.”

"There are no words to describe how grateful we are to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario for their incredibly generous $150,000 donation in honour of Canada 150. This gift will go a long way in helping us provide families in need with highly nutritious dairy products and fresh milk throughout the next five years," says executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks Carolyn Stewart. "We would also like to thank Gay Lea Foods for their generous partnership, which will ensure that each donated dollar makes the greatest possible impact across the province."

Gay Lea Foods is the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario, with members on more than 1,300 dairy farms and more than 4,000 members in total. The co-operative is a longtime supporter of Ontario’s  annual milk donation program and a proud sponsor of the OAFB’s 2017 Capacity Building Program, which provides food banks in Ontario with funding to grow their capacity to accept, store and distribute fresh food.

“Gay Lea Foods is exceptionally pleased to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Food Banks to provide nutritious Ontario milk and dairy products to the OAFB at cost for the next five years,” says the co-operative’s chair, Steve Dolson. “This partnership will expand the purchasing power of the OAFB and significantly leverage the positive impact of the generous donation from DFO, collectively allowing us to reach more adults and children living with hunger in Ontario than any one of us could alone. As a co-operative, this type of collaboration is close to our hearts and we are proud to belong to an industry that prioritizes supporting the communities where our families live, work and play.”

By the Numbers

Donated by Ontario’s Dairy Farmers to the OAFB in celebration of Canada 150

of at-cost pricing for the OAFB provided by Gay Lea Foods

of raw milk already provided by Ontario’s dairy farmers
of milk transported by Ontario milk transporters
of milk processed by Ontario food processors
…for Ontario food banks each year

Ontarians in need served each month by the OAFB


About DFO
Dairy Farmers of Ontario is the marketing group for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. We are proudly owned and operated by the farm families of Ontario's dairy farms.



Laural Adams, Communications Manager
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Mobile: 647-462-5559

Robin Redstone, Communications Manager
Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd
Mobile: 905-399-0403

Premier's Statement on U.S. NAFTA Supply Management Demands

October 18, 2017

On Oct 17, Premier Wynne issued a statement affirming the government's steadfast support of Supply Management. Dairy Farmers of Ontario thanks both the federal and provincial government for their continued support, and appreciates the public announcements.

The Canadian dairy system is extremely important to our economy and continues to be a driver of economic growth worth billions of dollars in GDP.

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P5 Quota Announcement

October 13, 2017

Quota Increase

The P5 Boards have approved a one per cent producer saleable quota increase effective November 1, 2017.

Incentive Days for All Producers

The P5 Boards have approved that one additional incentive day be issued per month on a non-cumulative basis to all producers for the months of November 2017 to March 2018, inclusive.


Incentive Days Organic

The P5 Boards have approved that three incentive days be issued per month on a non-cumulative basis to Ontario and Quebec certified organic shippers whose milk is marketed as organic for the months of April 2018 to March 2019, inclusive.


Market Demand

This decision is intended to ensure P5 milk production continues to fill all current demand, as butter stocks have not reached their target level of 35,000 tonnes. Demand for dairy products and P5 processing capacity continue to increase and will be closely monitored.



Augmentation du quota négociable

Les conseils d’administrations des offices provinciaux  de P5 ont approuvé une augmentation de 1% du quota négociable à compter du 1er novembre 2017.


Journée additionnelle pour tous les producteurs

Les Offices de producteurs du P5 ont approuvé 1 journée additionnelle pour tous les producteurs, sur une base non cumulative, pour la période de novembre 2017 à mars 2018.


Journée additionnelle biologique

Les Offices de producteurs du P5 ont approuvé 3 journée additionnelle pour les producteurs de lait certifiés biologiques sur une base non cumulative, pour la période d’avril 2018 à mars 2019.


La demande du marché

Cette décision vise à assurer que la production de lait de P5 comble la demande, sachant que les inventaires de beurre n’ont pas atteint le niveau-cible révisé de 35 000 tonnes. La demande pour les produits laitiers et la capacité de transformation continuent d’augmenter et seront surveillées de près.



Month/Mois Conventional Only/ Conventionnel seulement Organic Only/ Biologique seulement
October/Octobre 2017 3 6
November/Novembre 2017 3 6
December/ Décembre 2017 1 4
January/Janvier 2018 1 4
February/Février 2018 1 4
March/Mars 2018 1 4
April/avril 2018 0 3
May/mai 2018 0 3
June/juin 2018 0 3
July/juillet 2018 0 3
August/aout 2018 TBD/a confirmer 3
September/septembre 2018 TBD/a confirmer 3
October/octobre 2018 TBD/a confirmer 3
November/novembre 2018 TBD/a confirmer 3
December/ décembre 2018 0 3
January/janvier 2019 0 3
February/février 2019 0 3
March/mars 2019 0 3

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.

The deadline to submit the 2018 application has passed.
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

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