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Dairy Direct Payment Program




The objective of the Dairy Direct Payment Program is to support dairy producers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements, namely the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Eligible Applicants

Eligible recipients for years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 are:

  • Producers of cow’s milk with a valid dairy quota license registered with a provincial milk marketing board or agency as of October 31 of each year. Producers of cow’s milk with a valid dairy quota license means a producer of cow’s milk holding dairy quota issued by a provincial milk marketing board. This includes producers under a new entrant assistance program with loaned quota and/or whole-farm leases with loaned quota as of October 31 of each year.

A recipient must be an individual and/or legal entity capable of entering into legally binding agreements or contracts. This includes sole proprietor businesses, partnerships and corporations.

Eligible recipients:

  • will receive a letter confirming eligibility and detailed instructions on how to register each year
  • must register every year of the program to receive a payment

Eligible Expenses

The CDC will:

  • collect information from provincial milk marketing boards on the licensed quota holders
  • calculate individual payments based on the percentage of each producer’s provincial quota holdings
  • work closely with each of the provincial milk marketing boards to deliver funding

Deadline Date

  Amounts are available up to March 31 of each year. To receive a payment, registrations must be signed and received no later than March 31 of each year.
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