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Reforming Dairy Supply Management

The Conference Board of Canada, May 16, 2014
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Supply management is one of Canada's most contentious public policies. The policy is regularly challenged on equity and efficiency grounds. Yet farmers are wedded to supply management and have organized their operations around its continuation. A new report by the Conference Board focuses on dairy. It shows how a new paradigm, based on growth, can help reform supply management. It suggests an equitable way to compensate farmers for their quota investments. It also demonstrates how new growth can lead to more industry output and employment.

This recorded webinar explores the 117-page report by research director and lead author, Michael Grant.

Webinar Highlights

This webinar looks at some of the report highlights that include:

  • Supply management reform needs to co-ordinate three policies: liberalizing prices, unwinding milk production quota and reducing trade barriers.
  • A temporary consumer levy on dairy products could serve as transitional funding as the system is reformed.
  • Under supply management reform, consumers would see lower prices over the long-term and
  • Canadian producers would more than make up for lower domestic prices through export sales.
  • About Michael:

    Photo of Michael GrantMichael Grant is a Director of Research for Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada. Michael specializes in the relationship between capital markets and public policy.


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