What we do

The Canadian Dairy Commission is a Crown corporation established in 1966. The Commission provides a framework for managing Canada’s dairy industry, a shared federal and provincial responsibility. It serves as a facilitator and intervener in forums that influence Canada’s dairy policy, and coordinates federal and provincial dairy policies. The Commission also administers the dairy production control mechanism to avoid production shortages or surpluses.

Since the introduction of supply management in the dairy sector, the Commission has administered support prices and the national marketing quota. Each year, the Commission sets the support price for butter and skim milk powder after consulting industry members. These prices provide a benchmark and are used by provincial marketing boards to set the price of milk in each province. The Commission also continuously monitors national production and demand and recommends necessary adjustments to the national milk production target.

As facilitator and administrator, the Commission also jointly manages several programs with the industry:

In 2016, the Commission celebrated its 50th anniversary. To learn more about the long and rich history of this Canadian institution, please read the book the Canadian Dairy Commission: A 40-year Retrospective.