“Dairy farmers want to invest in their farms to innovate and increase efficiencies. Our objective is to be better prepared to face the intensification of competition from imported dairy products made from milk produced elsewhere, as a result of CETA, CPTPP and more recently the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). These important investments on the farm can only come with a level of certainty as it relates to the promised compensation. Reducing the timelines for the scheduled payments is recognition by the government of the importance of the foreign competition we face, this is why today’s announcement is so significant,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC.
- Obtaining the payment for year two of the government’s eight-year compensation package for CETA and CPTPP;
- Developing a schedule of payments for the remaining years; and
- Developing a plan for full and fair compensation for CUSMA.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for following up on his commitment. We now turn our attention to the last item on the workplan, compensation for CUSMA, and we look forward to engaging with Deputy Prime Minister Freeland and Minister Bibeau,” Mr. Lampron added.
The House of Commons adopted unanimously last Thursday a motion in support of compensation for the supply managed sectors, including dairy. “I want to thank all MPs in the House of Commons who supported it, and I want to acknowledge their support on this file,” said Mr. Lampron.
A healthy and vibrant dairy sector will also play an essential role in ensuring Canada’s post-pandemic recovery, and in providing greater food security for Canadians. The dairy sector supports over 221,000 full-time jobs, contributes $19.9 billion annually to Canada’s GDP, and generates $3.8 billion in tax revenue every year.
ABOUT DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA
Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy producers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the dairy sector in our country. It also seeks to maintain policies that promote the sustainability of Canadian dairy production and promote dairy products and their health benefits.