Step 1. What this program offers
Intake period: Open
The 2023-24 intake period for the Dairy Direct Payment Program is now open.
The objective of the program is to support dairy producers as a result of market access commitments made under recent international trade agreements.
Starting Fall 2023, the program will make available $1.2 billion over 6 years to account for the impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
Under the program, eligible dairy producers receive payments on the basis of their milk quota.
In 2023-24, $300 million will be made available up to March 31, 2024 in the form of direct payments to eligible supply-managed cow’s milk producers. For example, an eligible producer with 80 cows could receive around $26,500 in 2023-24. To receive a payment, registrations must be signed and received no later than March 31, 2024.
In the next 5 years:
- $250 million will be made available in 2024-25
- $250 million will be made available in 2025-26
- $150 million will be made available in 2026-27
- $150 million will be made available in 2027-28
- $100 million will be made available in 2028-29
Eligible producers must register every year of the program to receive a payment.
National allocation of funds on a provincial basis for year 2023-24
|National allocation of funds on a provincial basis||Allocated Quota
(% of the P10 Rounded)
|Provincial share $
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0.64%||$1,907,228|
|Prince Edward Island||1.27%||$3,816,483|
Past direct payments
From 2019-20 to 2022-23, the program made available $1.75 billion in compensation for the impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Up to $345 million, $468 million, $469 million, and $468 million in direct payments was made available in 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively.
How the program is delivered
The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) delivers 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