Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC)
The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC/ATLC) is Canada's national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry.
Elements of Supply Management
Supply management is a sustainable food marketing system that matches production of milk on the farm to consumer demand. It ensures stability of supply from the farm to the processor to the consumer and guarantees that enough milk will be available to meet Canadians' needs, while minimizing surplus milk production.
Each pillar of supply management is equally important.
Producers plan production to ensure a steady supply of quality milk is there to meet consumer demand for milk and dairy products. This balance between supply and demand stabilizes prices from farm to fork.
Producers need to know the level of imported dairy products so they can plan their production to meet Canadians' needs, without creating a surplus. A predetermined quantity of dairy products is imported tariff-free every year. To keep imports predictable, a negotiated higher tariff applies to any import above that level.
Once a year, farm gate prices for milk are reviewed in light of costs to produce milk, labour and investments and market indicators. Prices are then regulated to enable producers to cover costs without need for government subsidies. This process allows 16,000 dairy producers to deal as one with the smaller number of processors who buy their milk.
Generally speaking, each province is responsible for the production of its own fluid milk and sets its own pricing formulas, quota policies and other regulations. Provincial marketing boards and agencies govern the production and marketing of milk within their own borders.
Provincial marketing boards
The federal government has jurisdiction over the market of milk for processing, which is administered through a federal-provincial agreement.
Areas of Interest
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is building on its strong foundation and strengthening Canada's current federal inspection approaches and tools. more »
To protect Canadian families from potentially unsafe food, the Government of Canada tabled the Safe Food for Canadians Act on June 7, 2012. more »
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is undertaking a review of its regulations for food safety, plant and animal health to improve their consistency, reduce their complexity and strengthen consumer protection.more »
The power to make Marketing Authorizations (MA) is an authority provided to the Minister of Health pursuant to sections 30.2 to 30.4 of the Food and Drugs Act. more»
"Incorporation by Reference" is a term used to describe a mechanism which allows a document or list that is not in the text of the regulations to be made a part of the regulations. more »
Health Canada's new modern process for regulating food additives does not change the thorough safety assessment that is conducted by Health Canada scientists for all food additives. more »
Health Canada’s new MA process for veterinary drug MRLs will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians while also reducing unnecessary red tape. more »