Dairy Industry


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • Establishes the Canadian agricultural policy
  • Establishes the Canadian dairy policy
  • Negotiates international trade agreements (WTO, NAFTA) with respect to agriculture and monitors their application

Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC)

  • Manages the national dairy policy
  • Establishes the target price for industrial milk (fluid milk falls under provincial jurisdiction)
  • Sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder
  • Administers the milk surplus program (export)
  • Coodinates harmonization activities with the provinces (P4, P5, P10 agreements)

Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee
Presided over by the Canadian Dairy Commission

  • Comprised of representatives of provincial governments and producer associations (processor and consumer associations are non-voting members)
  • Administers the national milk marketing plan
  • Sets the national industrial milk quota

Dairy Farmers of Canada

  • Represents Canada's 16,000 dairy farms
  • Strives to create favourable development conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future
  • Works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy producers
  • Promotes dairy products and their health benefits

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

  • Influences and supports the development of the Quebec bio-food industry with a view to sustainable growth

Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec
A Quebec government agency

  • Administers the Act respecting the marketing of agricultural and food products in Quebec (Loi sur la mise en marché des produits agricoles et alimentaires du Québec)
  • Enforces the joint plans

Provincial Marketing Boards
Provincial producer organizations (FPLQ, DFO, ALBERTA MILK) or provincial government organizations such as BCMMB*

  • Administer national dairy policy provincially as well as provincial dairy policies and programs
  • Issue producer quotas
  • Are responsible for milk marketing

* Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec (FPLQ), Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO)
British Columbia Milk Marketing Board (BCMMB)