August 16, 2019 – Compton, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau visited a dairy farm
in Compton, where she announced that the federal government will make available
$1.75 billion over eight years to Canada's nearly 11,000 dairy farmers.
Of this amount, $345 million will be paid in the first year, in the form of direct
payments and will benefit all dairy producers in proportion to their quota held.
For example, the owner of a farm with 80 dairy cows will be awarded compensation
in the form of a direct payment of $28,000 in the first year. The intent is to mandate
the Canadian Dairy Commission to make these payments. The federal government will
continue to work with the Dairy Farmers of Canada to determine terms and conditions
for future years.
This announcement follows ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement
for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The $1.75 billion made available would be
in addition to the $250 million investment program that already benefits more than
3,300 dairy producers across the country. This amounts to a total of $2 billion
in federal support to dairy producers. In addition, the federal government is committed
to fully and fairly supporting dairy producers for the new free trade agreement
with the United States and Mexico once it comes into force.
Minister Bibeau also reiterated the government's commitment to the other supply-managed
"Today's announcement shows how much our government respects our producers and believes
in the supply management system. As promised, the compensation is deployed fully
and fairly to allow everyone to make the best decisions based on the new market
realities and their respective situations." Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture