Orientation modules

The Canadian Dairy Commission offers this online Orientation Session to anyone with a genuine interest in the workings of the Canadian milk supply management system. It is a great training tool for

  • producer and processor representatives on the various industry committees
  • government employees dealing with the dairy industry
  • employees of lending institutions or input companies who have dairy producers as clients.

The Orientation Session is composed of 10 modules.

  1. Overview of Dairy Supply Management and its Key Players
  2. Setting the Price of Milk at the Farm Level
  3. Ensuring Production Meets Demand
  4. Special Milk Class Permit Program (SMCPP)
  5. Surplus Removal
  6. Pooling
  7. Imports of Dairy Products
  8. Exports of Dairy Products
  9. Domestic Seasonality Program
  10. Other CDC Programs


After completing the modules, you should be able to

1a. identify and distinguish the main agreements and bodies that make decisions and understand the role of each.

1b. explain the relationship between demand, quota and production, the effect of skim-off on demand, and the effect of surplus removal and Special Classes on farm revenues.

2a. evaluate various scenarios and explain their potential impact on the elements of the dairy supply management system.

2b. anticipate the impact of certain policy decisions on the various elements of the supply management system.

Technical requirements

To prevent sound delays and allow for a good viewing of the modules, your system should meet the following requirements:

Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge
A minimum screen resolution of 1024×768
A sound card
Head phones or speakers
A video card

Getting started

To have access to the session, you first need to register online. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a username and a password that will give you access to the modules. Visit the Orientation modules login page to login to the modules.

Registration is free