Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dairy farmers provide Canadians with a stable supply of high-quality products, and are an essential part of the country’s rural landscape. Supporting them as they adapt to new market realities and consumer demands is vital to ensuring the sector remains well positioned for future growth.
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, today announced that so far 9, 682 dairy farmers have registered under the second year of the Dairy Direct Payment Program. Their payments will total $459.4 million. To receive a payment, registrations needed to be signed and received no later than March 31, 2021. Remaining payments are being delivered in April 2021.
The Government of Canada has now made up to $813 million available to Canada’s dairy producers under the first two years of this $1.75 billion program. These payments are part of the government’s commitment to provide full and fair compensation to supply-managed sectors for market access concessions made under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Combined with the $250-million CETA on-farm investment program, these payments make up a total $2 billion compensation package for dairy farmers.
“Our government is getting payments out to dairy producers at twice the speed we had originally announced. With a second round of direct payments now being finalized, our Government is delivering on our promise of full and fair compensation, while ensuring our dairy farmers remain a strong and vibrant part of our rural communities.”
– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- Announced in 2019, the Dairy Direct Payment Program originally planned to distribute $1.75 billion over a period of eight years. The Government of Canada shortened this schedule to four years, with all payments set to be made by 2023.
- Under the program, dairy farmers receive payments on the basis of their milk quota. Up to $345 million was made available to dairy farmers in 2019-20, and $468 million was made available in 2020-21. Up to $469 million will be made available in 2021-22 and $468 million will be made available in 2022-23. The Canadian Dairy Commission is mandated to make these payments.
- The Government of Canada remains committed to engaging the sector on full and fair compensation for the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
- As producers and processors depend on each other to be successful, the government remains committed to addressing the impacts on processors as well.
- There are 10,095 dairy farms in Canada, supporting close to 19,000 direct jobs on farms. The demand for Canadian dairy remains strong, and has led to a 9% increase in raw milk production between 2016 and 2019.