The federal government is bolstering the strength of Canada’s food supply chain by investing billions into the country’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers.
The support is part of an earlier compensation package the government announced as part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Canadian dairy farmers received $1.75 billion last August to compensate them over eight years. Between December 2019 and January 2020, more than 10,000 dairy farmers received a cash payment of $345 million. The remaining $1.405 billion will be made through direct payments to farmers over three years.
The Government is also investing $692 million for 10-year programs for Canada’s 4,800 chicken, egg and turkey farmers.
During negotiations for the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the Government defended supply management from American efforts to dismantle it. In the recently concluded agreement with the U.K., the Government defended Canada's supply management system, and says it will continue to do so in future discussions with the U.K. The Government has stated that there will be no more concessions on supply management in future trade negotiations.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food says the government is “fully behind our supply management sector,” adding that the compensation package for dairy, poultry and egg farmers “shows our support for a strong supply management sector many generations to come.”