The Dairy Direct Payment Program registration period for the 2020-21 payment year is now closed. More information will be made available in the Fall of 2021 for the 2021-22 payment year.
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 2021-22
$468 million in 2022-23
The full $468 million announced is available to producers in the form of direct payments
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