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Updated: March 19, 2019
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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


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) |

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:

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. 

Ag Canada commits $2.7 million to proAction

January 28, 2019

Agriculture and AgriFood Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin, were at Ferme Geranik today to announce an investment of up to $2.7 million to the proAction program.

Please click here for the press release. 

P5 Quota Message

January 22, 2019

Due to current and future market requirements, and the different measures that were implemented in July 2018, the P5 Boards have decided the following:

Effective March 1, 2019:

1. Issue 1% quota to all producers in Quebec, PEI, NS and NB;

2. Change the credit day production limitation in Ontario from one day to two days per month; and

3. Eliminate the $20/hl over quota penalty.

Measures effective March 1, 2019 Québec PEI NS NB Ontario
Quota increase 1% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Credit day production limitation n/a n/a n/a n/a 2 days
Over Quota Penalty Zero pay, less deductions

The P5 Quota Committee will continue to monitor market demand and production trend and determine if further adjustments are required, with the goal to fully harmonize as soon as possible.


Message du Comité quota P5

Les besoins du marché courants et futurs, ainsi que les différentes mesures prises en juillet 2018, ont incité les offices de producteurs P5 à prendre la décision suivante:

En application le 1er mars 2019:

1. Émettre 1% de quota à tous les producteurs du Québec, de l’IPÉ, de la NÉ, et du NB;

2. Accroître la mesure de limitation de tolérance en vigueur en Ontario de 1 jour/mois à 2 jours/mois; et

3. Mettre fin à la pénalité hors quota de 20$/hl.

En application le 1er mars 2019 Québec IPÉ NB Ontario
Augmentation du quota 1% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Mesure de limitation de tolérance n/a n/a n/a n/a 2 jours
Pénalité hors quota Rémunération @ 0$, moins les frais de mise en marché

Le comité du quota du P5 va continuer à surveiller l’évolution du marché et la production de lait et déterminera si d’autres mesures seront requises, avec l'objectif d'harmoniser complètement dès que possible.

DFO responds to new food guide

January 22, 2019

Please the message below from Graham Lloyd, general manager and CEO, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

The format of the Food Guide has changed, and dairy is still part of the guide and it is important that milk products are recognized as an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet.

However, Dairy Farmers of Ontario is extremely concerned that the Guide prefers Canadians consume plant-based proteins rather than dairy and animal-based proteins, and to only consume low-fat dairy without evidence to make these recommendations. We all want a Food Guide that promotes healthy eating. 

Unfortunately, this new Guide makes recommendations that go against the findings of Health Canada’s 2015 Evidence Review on Dietary Guidance, the public position of thousands of North American doctors, as well as sound scientific evidence: “When examining medical data, there is no scientific basis for the federal government to advise Canadians to reduce their dairy consumption. Recommendations to stop or reduce consuming any particular food must rely on conclusive scientific and medical findings. There is no conclusive evidence  to recommend Canadians stop consuming high fat dairy or reduce dairy intake.”

Dairy Farmers of Ontario will continue to support a balanced, healthy diet for all Canadians.

DFC responds to new food guide

January 22, 2019

In this new version of Canada’s Food Guide, the dairy category has been removed, and the guide does not reflect the most recent and mounting scientific evidence available.

Please click here for a message from Dairy Farmers of Canada.  

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