Following the Annual General Meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, which brought together some 200 dairy farmers from across the country in a virtual format, dairy farmers expressed concern that they have waited over a year for an announcement on the balance of compensation owed for losses related to recent international trade agreements.
There has been much activity on the international trade front in the past weeks and months, including the conclusion earlier this week of the latest round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) re-negotiations.
On August 16, I landed in Washington for the first round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. You could feel the anticipation in the air as politicians remained vague yet optimistic in their comments, while journalists attempted to read between the lines and predict any possible changes for NAFTA 2.0. In headlines that week were endless articles and speculations about the future of the dairy industry and ways to undermine supply management in Canada.
August 16, 2019 (Ottawa)—Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomes today’s announcement by the federal government of compensation for the impact of market access concessions granted under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP).
Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the administrative details of the $250 million Dairy Farm Investment Program that will be implemented to mitigate some of the negative impact on Canada’s dairy farmers coming as a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Farmers can access information and can now apply to the program
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomes today’s Budget 2019 announcement, which contains a funding envelope of $3.9 billion to compensate Canada’s dairy, poultry, and egg sectors for the impact of concessions granted in the recent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).