Dairy Direct Payment Program: Step 1. What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

The registration period for the Dairy Direct Payment Program is now closed.

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).

In August 2019, the federal government announced that it will make available $1.75 billion to supply-managed cow's milk producers. Up to $345 million and $468 million in direct payments was made available in 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively.

The payment schedule for the remaining $937 million in direct payments over the next 2 years is:

  • $469 million in 2021-2022
  • $468 million in 2022-2023

The full amounts announced are available to producers in the form of direct payments

Notional allocation of funds on a provincial basis for year 2021-22
Notional allocation of funds on a provincial basis Allocated Quota
(% of the P10 Rounded)
Provincial share $
Newfoundland and Labrador 0.64% $3,017,030.57
Prince Edward Island 1.27% $5,937,333.94
Nova Scotia 2.16% $10,134,303.87
New Brunswick 1.68% $7,898,215.24
Quebec 36.84% $172,795,986.65
Ontario 31.97% $149,917,584.27
Manitoba 4.35% $20,420,942.77
Saskatchewan 3.12% $14,631,305.35
Alberta 8.95% $41,987,286.12
British Columbia 9.01% $42,260,011.22
Total 100.00% $469,000,000.00

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.

Eligible producers must register every year of the program to receive a payment.

The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has been mandated to deliver the program. 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