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CFO discusses trade & chicken industry with Minister Bibeau

Chicken Farmers of Ontario participates in roundtable with Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

GUELPH, ON – April 29, 2019 – Last week, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) participated in a roundtable hosted by the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The roundtable was an opportunity for farmers to articulate ideas and priorities for strengthening the agriculture and agri-food industry in the province, and country-wide.
“CFO applauds the Canadian government for the ongoing support for responsible supply management, and for working with industry to support growing local business and creating jobs in Canadian communities,” said Tim Klompmaker, Board Director of CFO and Executive Member of Chicken Farmers of Canada, “Chicken farmers are pleased that Minister Bibeau is committed to ensuring no new access to the Canadian market is granted in future trade deals. Allowing more imports would serve only to weaken the import control pillar of our responsible supply management system – a system that has worked well for Canadians for over 50 years!”
CFO is also participating in a Federal government-led working group, made up of stakeholders from poultry and egg sectors, to discuss the impacts of the recent Canada-United States-Mexico agreement (CUSMA), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
“Our farm families that receive unsubsidized fair farm prices under Canada’s supply management system are looking for commitment to strategies that fairly support farmers and maintain our successful supply managed systems,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “CFO thanks both the Federal and Provincial government for the ongoing commitment to supply management and will continue to collaborate to ensure Ontario’s chicken industry remains strong, stable, and growing.”
CFO represents more than 1,300 family-run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, premium Ontario-grown chicken.