This is dairy, the Canadian way

Responsible, nutritious, and Canadian through and through.

Our values and vision

Simply put, we’re fellow Canadians doing what all Canadians do best: looking after one another. Driven by teamwork, integrity, and passion, we work hard each day to play our part in ensuring all Canadians have a chance to share a healthy, sustainable future.


Educate. Facilitate. Mobilize.
To ensure the sustainable production of milk and the healthy consumption of Canadian dairy products.

DFC Vision

Canadian dairy for a healthy future.

Our Values


Building a thriving Canada

We are committed to leading the way with innovative research, providing essential nutritional education, and promoting healthy living. We embrace opportunities to give back to our communities in classrooms, in athletic training centres, and in neighborhoods large and small, diverse and thriving. We look to do the very same things that every good Canadian does, we just do it with the strength of a nation of hands and hearts working in unison – a powerful force for good in everything we do.

Great people make it work

We’re a farmer-funded and farmer-run organization (not a government body), and we represent the interests of the hard-working men and women on almost 10,000 Canadian dairy farms, day in and day out. Indirectly, we also stand with the over 195,000 extended members of the dairy farmer community and workforce from coast to coast.

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195,000 jobs 195,000 jobs
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Who are we? We are dairy farmers. We’re also the dedicated and passionate employees of Dairy Farmers of Canada – policy experts, administrators, health professionals, marketers, researchers, and many more. Most importantly, we are you – because quality, nutritious Canadian dairy is a valuable legacy for all Canadians.

For the second consecutive year, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has been honoured as one of the Top Employers in Canada’s National Capital Region. This prestigious recognition, jointly announced by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Mediacorp Inc., acknowledges organizations in the Ottawa metropolitan area that stand out as industry leaders, providing exceptional places to work. The highly competitive designation shines a light on DFC’s commitment to supporting the organization’s employees and attracting new top talent.

In today’s competitive environment, being named as top employer is important not only to retain but also acquire top talent. Our culture is founded on Lencioni’s three attributes: hungry, humble, and smart, and we are proud to advocate for Canada’s dairy farmers every day,” said Jacques Lefebvre, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “It is our privilege to support our employees with initiatives and programs that inspire them to contribute to our important work in the dairy sector.”

To learn more about DFC’s recognition as one of Ottawa’s top employers, please visit

The many reasons to be proud of Canadian dairy

Our commitment to quality goes far beyond the nutritious and delicious milk inside every carton. It extends to everything we do and how we do it. From humane treatment of our animals, to a respect for our environment and steadfast adherence to strict safety policies – no corners cut, no detail too small.

A veterinarian tends to a dairy cow

Animal care

We do everything within our power to ensure that Canada’s dairy cows are some of the world’s happiest and healthiest by applying the highest standards of scientifically-supported sustainable and responsible care.

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A dairy farm in the Canadian landscape


We’re dedicated to operating sustainably, reducing our impact, and conserving the beauty of our natural environment, both on the farm and in our home communities. After all, we live here too.

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Food safety

We don’t put anything in our dairy that doesn’t belong there. All Canadian dairy is free of antibiotics and produced without the use of artificial growth hormones.

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We support the work of a large community of health professionals, policy makers, and researchers in providing comprehensive and up-to-date scientific reports on the role of dairy products in nutrition.