Class 3(d) Frequently Asked Questions


  • What type of restaurant can apply for a Class 3(d) registration number?

    A Canadian establishment primarily engaged in preparing meals, snacks and beverages to customer order and which sells pizzas prepared and cooked on site. Establishments that are not deemed eligible include, but are not limited to: cafeterias, institutional food services and catering operations.

  • How can a restaurant apply for a Class 3(d) registration number?

    Restaurants can apply for a 3(d) registration number from the CDC by reading the Class 3(d) guide and filling in the online application.

  • Can a franchisor apply for a Class 3(d) registration number for many restaurants on their behalf?

    Yes, provided that he completes an individual application and supplies all the necessary information for, and takes responsibility for the terms outlined in the online application for each.

  • How can dairy processors benefit from Class 3(d)?

    To benefit from class 3(d), dairy processors must sign an agreement with the CDC. They can obtain this agreement by contacting us ( at the CDC.

  • How can distributors and franchisors apply for a Class 3(d) registration number?

    Distributors and franchisors can apply for a registration number from the CDC here  where they will find different instructions depending on whether or not they are registered in the CDC's Special Milk Permit Program.

  • How much of a reduction in price can pizza makers or franchisors expect on the purchase of Class 3(d) mozzarella cheese?

    The component pricing in 3(d) mozzarella aims to reduce the cost of raw milk components to produce mozzarella by approximately 15 per cent based on an established mozzarella cheese composition Footnote 1 . Cheese manufacturers are billed by provincial milk marketing boards at the 3(d) milk class price to manufacture mozzarella cheese sold to registered 3(d) permit holders: restaurants that prepare and cook pizzas on site.  

    Price variation may exist in the sale price of 3(d) mozzarella based on multiple factors. Restaurants and franchisors must negotiate the final price they pay with their suppliers. 

    Milk Class 3(d) Component pricing 

  • What types of mozzarella are included in Class 3(d)?

    Mozzarella (Scamorza) cheese, part skim mozzarella(part skim Scamorza) cheese, and part skim pizza mozzarella cheese made in Canada in accordance with the provisions of Section 28 of the Dairy Products Regulations as it relates to these cheeses, using Milk Class 3(d) and sold in packages of not less than 2 kg on a net weight basis clearly marked: “Product not intended for retail sale. For use only on pizza prepared and cooked on-site” or “Product not intended for retail sale. For use only on pizza cooked on-site”. Brick cheese and cheese blends are not included in Class 3(d).

  • How can dairy processors verify if the registration numbers of their clients are valid?

    By consulting the SMCPP Permit Info Tool.

  • How will suppliers be informed when a client's registration number is cancelled?

    Processors, distributors and provincial milk marketing boards will receive a notice whenever a Class 3(d) registration is cancelled.

  • Is Class 3(d) a subsidy?

    No. Class 3(d) is a domestic class just like any other class of milk.