Canada has agreed to provide U.S. dairy farmers access to about 3.59% of its approximately $16 billion annual domestic dairy market. Dairy farmers across Canada were disappointed over the news that was included in the new USMCA agreement.
“We have been informed of the conclusion of an agreement between Canada and the United States for a renewed free-trade accord. Granting an additional market access of 3.59% to our domestic dairy market, eliminating competitive dairy classes and extraordinary measures to limit our ability to export dairy products will have a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector. This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians. We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”