Dairy industry

The Canadian Dairy Commission supports the industry by developing national and regional policies on dairy production, by detecting fluctuations in demand for dairy products and in milk production, and by coordinating the pooling of milk revenues and market sharing systems.

The Canadian dairy industry is governed by a supply management system. The three pillars of supply management are:

  • planning national production;
  • price administration;
  • controlling imports of dairy products.

The Canadian dairy sector is an important and growing sector of Canada’s agricultural and agri-food economy. The dairy industry is composed of a number of stakeholders, including federal and provincial agencies, national and provincial associations, cooperatives, and private-sector businesses. Owing to its devotion and exceptional work, the Canadian dairy sector provides Canadians with a wide range of high-quality dairy products.

Research and innovation in Canada’s dairy industry

The Canadian dairy sector promotes research and development. It has substantial research facilities (governments, universities and private organizations) that contribute to maintaining and improving long-term competitiveness in the sector.

For more information on research in the dairy sector, please consult the following pages: