Canadian Dairy Farmers to Get Financial Help from Their Government

Canadian Dairy Farmers get Help 082019
( On Jan. 8, Alberta, Canada, reported the first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the province. )

Canadian dairy farmers hurt by trade deals are about to get some help from the government. It follows the country's ratification of the European Union Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Canada will spend $1.32 billion (C$1.75 billion) over the next eight years to compensate dairy farmers facing greater competition due to free trade deals.

The move is seen by some as an attempt to satisfy an influential group of voters two months before a national election.

Government officials say Canada will further support dairy producers once the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement goes into effect.

Canada has approximately 10,600 dairy farmers, most of which are in Quebec and Ontario.