In January, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC), and the Honourable André Lamontagne, Quebec’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) commended the agri-food industry on the substantial progress it has made in developing Canada’s first-ever Grocery Code of Conduct.

In a joint statement, the Ministers assert that by enhancing transparency, predictability and fair dealing, the Code will help make Canada’s food supply chain more resilient. With businesses working together, the Code of Conduct can be even more effective, which ultimately, will not only benefit the industry, but consumers as well.

The Ministers strongly encourage all agri-food organizations to participate in the consultations that industry will be leading in the coming weeks so that the Code can benefit the largest number and variety of businesses.

DPAC will continue its work on the Grocery Code of Conduct Steering Committee to advocate for the development of a code that provides a fair marketplace for Canada’s dairy processors, farmers and the wider agri-food industry and for Canadian consumers to have secure access to affordable, domestically made food.