The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission waited until this week to post a new milk act regulation on its website that paves the way for another pricing class for milk.
The Dairy Farmers of Ontario marketing board has adopted a strategy of pricing milk low enough to take back markets that are being served by imported milk protein isolates.
Its approach has been heavily criticized by the chairman of the national milk marketing agency, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and by members of the Quebec milk marketing board and Quebec’s largest general-membership farm organization.
Their strategy is to pressure the federal government to restrict imports and to maintain high prices for a slightly smaller market share.
It’s not clear why the commission took so long to post the regulation which it approved on March and which came into effect April 1.
The regulation can be read online at www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900753?search=MILK+ACT .