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The Issue

Canadians want Canadian-made dairy, poultry and egg products.

This is only possible with a thriving domestic processing industry.

Right now, Canada’s supply management system has been weakened because of trade agreements signed in the past five years: the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

Did you know?

10%

of Canada’s domestic dairy market has been signed away through CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA.

up to 4%​

of Canada’s domestic poultry and egg markets, depending on commodity, has been signed away through CPTPP and CUSMA.

$350 million lost​

annually on average for these industries, According to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food’s own Working Groups

This is roughly the same as Canada losing 20
medium-sized dairy processors.

This impacts not only processors, but the 14,700 dairy, poultry, egg and broiler hatching egg farmers they buy from, and the 52,500 Canadians they employ.

Measures to lessen negative impacts of these trade agreements are urgently needed to ensure that dairy, poultry and egg processors continue to deliver the best quality products to Canadians despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A promise made must be a promise kept.

The Trudeau government has continuously promised “full and fair compensation” to supply managed sectors affected by CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA market access. Opposition parties also support this commitment. While dairy, poultry and egg farmers have received a significant compensation commitment and payments are well underway, processors are still waiting.

Commitments to supply management must recognize that it is a system with two sides. Its long-term viability requires a healthy and growing dairy, poultry and egg farming industry and processing industry. Neither can thrive without the other.

It’s time for the government to deliver on its promises to the entire supply management system and fulfill its commitment to processors.

Helping Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg processors

The Canadian government must act now and include the resources necessary in Budget 2021 to fulfill their promise for full and fair compensation to dairy, poultry and egg processors. This program should lessen the impacts of CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA, strengthen food security in Canada, support the industry as it innovates and adapts to new market realities created by these agreements, and ensure that the Canadian-made products that consumers want will continue to be made here at home.

Take action now!

Tell our government that, when it comes to CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA, dairy, poultry and egg processors need the government to keep their promise.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
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The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
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The Honourable Mary Ng, P.C., M.P.
Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Ministers,

I write today urging you to support Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg processing industries. These industries are is under extreme pressure as they manage the impacts of increased market access to Canada’s domestic food market under CETA, CPTPP and CUSMA.

While they wait for the government to act on its commitment to “full and fair” compensation for markets lost under the trade agreements for Canada’s supply managed sectors, the dairy, poultry and egg processing industries lose $350 million each year. The impacts of this are felt across the sector from the 52,500 Canadians directly employed by processors to the 14,700 farms from which those processors buy milk, chicken, turkey, eggs and broiler hatching eggs.

Along with many in the industry, I ask that Budget 2021 includes resources that allow the Canadian Government to keep their compensation promise and provide measures to lessen negative impacts of these trade agreements and ensure that dairy, poultry and egg processors continue to deliver the best quality products to Canadians despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so will strengthen food security in Canada, help processors innovate and adapt to a new market reality and ensure that the Canadian-made products that consumers want continue to be made here at home.

Supply management is a system. Its long-term viability requires both its farming and processing industries to be healthy and growing. Without one, the other cannot meet its true potential. They need each other.

Thus, I ask you today to do your part and ensure that processors receive the support necessary for healthy Canadian dairy, poultry and egg sectors for years to come.

Yours sincerely,
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