Fact sheet – The Canadian Dairy Commission

Our role

The CDC at a glance

  • Crown corporation was established in 1966 by the Canadian Dairy Commission Act
  • Based in Ottawa
  • Over 70 employees
  • Dairy year: from August 1 to July 31

Key facilitator for the Canadian dairy industry and serves to:

  • Regulate the supply for dairy products
  • Manage the milk supply
  • Monitor the production, processing, and marketing of dairy products
  • Manage milk classes with the provinces
  • Manage the national market revenue pooling system on behalf of the dairy sector
  • Promote dairy ingredients
  • Harmonize

Our mandate

Fair compensation: Provide producers of milk and cream with the opportunity to obtain a fair return for their labour and investment.

Efficient supply: Provide consumers of dairy products with a continuous and adequate supply of dairy products of high quality.

Our vision

Provide leadership that stimulates Canada’s dairy industry for the benefit of Canadians.

Our values

Excellence – Integrity – Respect

Our areas of activity

Setting the price of milkGoal: To ensure fair compensation to producers and provide consumers with access to a quality product
Managing supply and establishing quotasGoal: To minimize the risks of shortages and surpluses
Adjusting supply
Purchasing and storing dairy products throughout the seasons
Goal: To deal with seasonal fluctuations in supply and demand
Programs of the CDCGoal: To promote innovation through our programs
Managing tariff rate quotas for butter (WTO)
Goal: To ensure that imports of dairy products are in conformity with international agreements

Milk: A mobilizing industry


  • In Canada, there are more than 10,300 dairy farms, with a total of nearly 970,000 cows
    • Quebec and Ontario have the greatest percentage of dairy farms at 81%
    • The average farm has 92 cows and an average annual production of 37,003 kg of butterfat
  • More than 27,000 people work in the dairy processing sector

Two main markets

  • Fluid milk about 27%
  • Industrial milk about 73%

The Canadian dairy industry ecosystem

The Canadian Dairy Commission is at the heart of the industry and ensures a good fit between the partners’ different needs and interests.

Download the Canadian Dairy Commission fact sheet