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CFO Board and DCRs deliver positive message during Federal Election

BURLINGTON, ON – September 22, 2021 – CFO Board Directors and District Committee Representatives (DCRs) wrapped up a successful federal election engagement campaign, to provide information and education to candidates from all parties about supply management and issues facing chicken farmers.

In total, CFO representatives engaged with nearly sixty candidates across the province.

“We thank candidates from all parties for engaging with CFO’s Board Directors and DCRs, and discussing how Canada’s political representatives can support local chicken farmers and the supply management system,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard, and Ontario chicken farmers continue to demonstrate great resilience in this time of uncertainty. One thing is for sure, we are absolutely committed to providing healthy, safe, locally-grown chicken for kitchen tables, food service and local food banks.”

The “I Support Local Chicken Farmers” campaign highlighted how Canada’s supply management system supports both rural and urban communities—by providing jobs and stable wages, while also providing consumers with chicken, raised with the highest standards of care and sustainability excellence. The Canadian chicken sector under supply management has helped guarantee food security, particularly during the pandemic.

“For farmers in our supply managed system, sustainable chicken production means protecting animal health and welfare, including enforcing mandatory on-farm food safety and animal care programs, producing safe chicken, preserving the health of the land and of Canadian farms and contributing to the Canadian economy by providing affordable food to Canadians,” said Denise Hockaday, CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.

CFO was pleased to see commitments from all elected parties to continue to support Canada’s supply management system, and to address risks posed by illegal imports and free trade agreements.

To read more about the “I Support Local Chicken Farmers” campaign, follow CFO on twitter @OntarioChicken and #IHeartChickenFarmers.

Media Inquiries:
Kathryn Goodish
Senior Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations