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Milk products are a key part of a healthy, balanced diet

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:32

Nutritious milk products continue to be part of the revised Canada Food Guide announced today. Dairy Farmers of Canada remains concerned that the updated Food Guide does not reflect the most recent and mounting scientific evidence available. There is abundant research that demonstrates that milk products with various fat content can be a part of healthy diet.

“While the food guide has changed, milk products continue to play a valuable role in helping Canadians make healthy-eating decisions on a daily basis,” says Isabelle Neiderer, Director – Nutrition & Research at Dairy Farmers of Canada. “The scientific evidence supporting the nutritional benefits of milk products in the promotion of bone health and prevention of chronic diseases, for instance, is stronger than ever, and new evidence continues to accumulate,” she added. “Current and emerging scientific evidence does not support a continued focus on lower fat milk products as it reveals that milk products that contain more fat are not associated with harmful health effects and could even provide benefits.”

With today’s focus on the Food Guide, we would like to take the opportunity to share some of the health benefits contained in milk products. Research continues to confirm that milk proteins rank as some of the highest quality available, but the nutritional benefits of milk products go far beyond their protein content.

We encourage Canadians to continue considering these when making food choices:

  • Milk products are a key source of 6 of the 8 nutrients that most Canadians already fall short of: calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, and potassium.
  • Milk products are a leading source of calcium. Although other foods may contain calcium, milk products generally contain a higher amount – in a form that is more easily absorbed by the body.
    • For example, a person would have to eat 8 cups of spinach, or more than 2 cups of broccoli, for their body to obtain the same amount of calcium as they would from a single cup of milk.
  • Research continues to confirm that milk products are particularly important for the optimal growth and development of children and preserving healthy bones and muscles in aging adults.
  • Scientific evidence confirms the nutritional benefits of dairy and that dairy plays a role in reducing the same chronic diseases prioritized by Health Canada (heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, hypertension, and musculoskeletal disease).
  • Health Canada’s own 2015 evidence review shows that, when it comes to reducing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer, the evidence for milk products is as strong, if not stronger, than it is for vegetables, fruit, whole grain, and plant-based protein foods.

For more information on the health benefits of milk products, please visit our Dairy Goodness website.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

AGECO Study Results Reveal Improved Environmental Impact and Efficiency of Canadian Milk Production

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:27

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance.

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance. The results show that, once again, the Canadian dairy sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.

The 2018 study, conducted by Groupe AGECO, a firm specializing in agri-food economy and corporate responsibility, characterizes the environmental performance of Canadian milk production in 2016 and compares it with data from 2011. It assesses several environmental issues, including carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use. Results indicate that environmentally-friendly farm practices, such as more crop rotations, better feed, reduced tillage and precision agriculture techniques, as well as increased milk production per cow explain improvements in those environmental profiles. In fact, the quantity of milk produced per cow has increased by 13% from 2011 to 2016.

“I’m really proud of the work done by all Canadian dairy farmers in adopting environmentally-friendly farming practices,” says Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “As a result of farmers increasing efficiency, productivity and innovation, Canada’s dairy footprint on the environment is minimal and decreasing. Our carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with the production of a litre of milk have decreased significantly between 2011 and 2016. Dairy Farmers of Canada and other dairy organizations are committed to continue making improvements over time.”

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

 

  • Milk produced in Canada has a lower footprint than average; a litre produced in Canada emits 0.94 kg CO2 eq, which is about 1/3 the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to the global average.
  • Carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with milk production have decreased by 7%, 6%, and 11%, respectively, in the past 5 years.
  • As a result of improvements in animal nutrition, genetics, and housing, milk production per cow increased by 13% since 2011.

 

We note that in 2016, Canadian milk production was responsible for generating only 1.3% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. For more in-depth results of the study, including context, objectives, and methodology, please consult this EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [hyperlinked]. For an overview of key findings, please consult the INFOGRAPHIC.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

Study Results Reveal Improved Environmental Impact and Efficiency of Canadian Milk Production

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:10

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance.

The results show that, once again, the Canadian dairy sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.

The 2018 study characterizes the environmental performance of Canadian milk production in 2016 and compares it with data from 2011. It assesses several environmental issues, including carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use. Results indicate that environmentally-friendly farm practices, such as more crop rotations, better feed, reduced tillage and precision agriculture techniques, as well as increased milk production per cow explain improvements in those environmental profiles. In fact, the quantity of milk produced per cow has increased by 13% from 2011 to 2016.

“I’m really proud of the work done by all Canadian dairy farmers in adopting environmentally-friendly farming practices,” says Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “As a result of farmers increasing efficiency, productivity and innovation, Canada’s dairy footprint on the environment is minimal and decreasing. Our carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with the production of a litre of milk have decreased significantly between 2011 and 2016. Dairy Farmers of Canada and other dairy organizations are committed to continue making improvements over time.”

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

  • Milk produced in Canada has a lower footprint than average; a litre produced in Canada emits 0.94 kg CO2 eq, which is about 1/3 the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to the global average.
  • Carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with milk production have decreased by 7%, 6%, and 11%, respectively, in the past 5 years.
  • As a result of improvements in animal nutrition, genetics, and housing, milk production per cow increased by 13% since 2011.

We note that in 2016, Canadian milk production was responsible for generating only 1.3% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. For more in-depth results of the study, including context, objectives, and methodology, please consult this EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [hyperlinked]. For an overview of key findings, please consult the INFOGRAPHIC .

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA 2019 ANNUAL POLICY CONFERENCE

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 08:24

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) 2019 Annual Dairy Policy Conference will be held in Ottawa on February 5-7, 2019.

February 5-7, 2019

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Ottawa, Ontario

Opportunities for Success

Over 200 delegates including dairy farmers, dairy processors, Members of Parliament, senior government officials, and other agricultural and dairy sector stakeholders will gather to discuss and hear from experts and engaging speakers on the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s dairy sector, and the place of the dairy industry in a robust economy of the future in Canada.

Hear from political commentators, industry experts, government, and dairy producers on a range of topics including:

  • The Current Political Environment and Federal Election Readiness: Effectively Positioning Dairy and the Dairy Sector
  • The Evolving Dairy Sector: A Market Outlook
  • Canada’s Dairy Brand: Effectively Positioning Dairy, Dairy Products and Dairy Farmers
  • DFC 2.0: Delivering Value to Dairy Farmers
  • And More!

Join us also for the annual Dairy Reception taking place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019!

Stay tuned for speaker and program updates!

Dairy producers concerned over revisions to the Canada Food Guide

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:05

Health Canada is set to publish a revised Canada Food Guide later this month.

Indications are that the document would de-emphasize the scientifically proven nutritional value and health benefits of dairy products by eliminating the Milk and Alternatives group and actively advocating that Canadians shift towards consuming more plant-based sources of protein.

Not only could this be detrimental to the long-term health of future generations by leading them to erroneously think that dairy products are unhealthy, it will also have an effect on a sector that continues to be negatively impacted by the concessions granted in recent trade agreements.

“There is no scientific justification to minimize the role of milk products in a healthy diet as they are a key source of 6 of the 8 nutrients that most Canadians already fall short of. The current scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that the daily consumption of 2 to 4 servings of milk products has a beneficial role to play in promoting bone health and preventing several chronic diseases that Health Canada wants to address with the new Food Guide such as hypertension, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke,” said Isabelle Neiderer, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC’s) Director of Nutrition and Research, and a registered dietitian.

Research continues to confirm that milk proteins rank as some of the highest quality protein available, and are particularly important for growing children and preserving healthy bones and muscles in aging Canadian adults.

This is especially true when compared to the plant-based proteins Health Canada is considering prioritizing over dairy within the new Food Guide. Unlike milk products, these plant-based sources of protein do not even meet Federal requirements to be called “source of protein” on their packaging.

“Milk products and other protein foods are not interchangeable. Milk products provide different nutrients aside from protein that are important to health. Lumping milk products together with other protein foods will lead to inadequate intakes of important nutrients,” she added.

To make matters worse, these changes to Canada’s domestic health guidelines come at the same time when the dairy sector is still reeling from the latest rounds of concessions made by the federal government to secure recent trade agreements. “This would cause further harm to the dairy sector by deliberately diminishing the nutritional value of dairy in the eyes of Canadians – in spite of scientific evidence,” said DFC president, Pierre Lampron. “Not only will this harm the dairy sector and the hundreds of thousands who depend upon it for their livelihoods, it also risks harming Canadian consumers by creating confusion about the nutritional value of dairy”, he continued.

For more than 75 years, milk and dairy products have been clearly recognized within Canada’s Food Guide as playing a key role in a healthy, balanced diet. The scientific evidence supporting a role for milk products in the prevention of chronic diseases, is stronger than ever, and new evidence continues to accumulate. As highlighted by members of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, which consists of nearly 3,000 member clinicians, in a letter written to the Health Minister, there are many scientific studies now showing the benefits of full fat dairy.

The direction proposed by the new Food Guide is not evidence-based, and could have further long-lasting consequences on a sector that has already been placed in a difficult position by this Government. Dairy Farmers of Canada asks that Prime Minister Trudeau direct the Minister of Health do her homework by considering and taking into account all available scientific evidence prior to the release of the new Food Guide. The health of Canadians, and the health of a vibrant Canadian sector, are at stake.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

 

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau, Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724  

Statement by Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada in the context of the Premiers meeting

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:53

“The work to which we dedicate our life with pride and resilience has been reduced to a bargaining chip in recent trade deals. We call upon Canada’s Premiers to take concrete action to secure the federal government's commitment to stop shopping around Canadian dairy in trade deals and to stop making concessions on our dairy industry. Mr. Trudeau: no more concessions at our expense. No more broken promises. Respect your commitments like we respect ours.”

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dark Day in the history of dairy farming in Canada

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:26

With today’s signature of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Prime Minister Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again.

With today’s signature of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Prime Minister Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again. In the space of a few weeks, the federal government has gone beyond the original concessions made when the USMCA was announced, and signed a deal today granting the US oversight in the administration of our dairy system. This equates to no less than a loss of sovereignty for Canada.

Despite commitments from the Canadian government that these oversight measures would not be in the agreement, the signed trade deal includes such provisions. “The oversight clause undermines Canadian sovereignty and its ability to develop and manage Canadian policies without US intervention. This should not be understated, and will have a lasting effect on our domestic dairy sector,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Granting additional market access of 3.9% to our domestic dairy market, eliminating competitive dairy classes, and extraordinary measures to limit our ability to export dairy products to any country in the world will have a dramatic impact on investments by the whole sector. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for dairy farmers, their families, and the 221,000 people employed in the dairy industry,” added Lampron. “Our government is not only contributing to the dismantling of our dairy model in Canada, it is giving up our sovereign right to make our own policies and that should be of concern to all Canadians.”

Once recent trade deals – including CETA, CPTPP and USMCA - come into effect, total dairy imports will make up close to 20% of the Canadian dairy market. In other words, the thousand cuts from cumulative concessions granted in trade deals over the past decades will have displaced 1 out of 5 of our homegrown high quality dairy products. At the farm gate alone, this represents an annual loss of $1.3 billion for farmers. The agreement also means that locally produced milk from Canadian dairy farms is being pushed off the shelves to make way for imported products from the US.

The Government has said repeatedly that it values a strong and vibrant dairy sector – they have once again put that in jeopardy by giving away more access and letting the Americans dictate our dairy policies. “This is truly a dark day in the history of dairy farming in Canada,” declared Pierre Lampron in a statement released today.

A video reaction to the signature of USMCA from Pierre Lampron (in French) and David Weins, Vice-President of DFC (in English) are available here (for high resolution format, contact Rebecca.ritchie@dfc-plc.ca).

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dark Day in the history of dairy farming in Canada: thank you Prime Minister!

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:22

Another day, another broken promise made by the Trudeau government to Canadian dairy farmers.

In the latest iteration of the USMCA, Justin Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again by giving up oversight to the US in the administration of our dairy system, and thus our sovereignty as a nation to develop and roll out our own domestic policies.

In spite of assurances by the federal government to the dairy sector that US oversight had not been negotiated and would not be in the final agreement, they gave it up nonetheless. It is truly disingenuous on the part of our federal government to now suggest that it has made gains in the way the oversight is captured in the agreement, when they had committed to us that this would not be a part of the agreement, period.

After CETA, the Transpacific (CPTPP) and USMCA trade deals, the combined concessions to other countries to our domestic dairy market is close to 20%.

The impact of this decision cannot be understated, and will have a lasting effect on our domestic dairy sector. This is nothing less than handing Canada’s sovereignty to the US. It is truly a dark day in the history of dairy farming in Canada.”

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A video reaction to the signature of USMCA from Pierre Lampron, DFC President (in French) and David Weins, Vice-President (in English) are available here (for high resolution format, contact Rebecca.ritchie@dfc-plc.ca).

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

New Video from DFC

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:24

New video message from David Wiens.

Watch the full video on text in the USMCA granting the US oversight of Canada's administration of its dairy system on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe and receive updates when future videos are posted. https://youtu.be/QT7HRIVashY

Dairy farmers across Canada ask the PM not to sign USMCA until US oversight clause has been removed

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:03

Canada’s sovereignty is at stake

In an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, dairy farmers warn the PM that the current US text of the United States Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) still contains a provision that would grant the US oversight into the administration of the Canadian dairy system. This, farmers say, will undermine Canada’s sovereignty and the ability to manage the Canadian dairy industry without US intervention.

The open letter, signed by DFC’s president and chairs of all 10 provincial dairy associations, states that government officials had reassured dairy farmers following the signing of the USMCA and release of the US text that the issue of US oversight had not been agreed to by Canada, and would not be part of the final agreement. Farmers remain concerned that they have not yet seen a final text with the oversight clause excluded.

In the letter, farmers ask that the Prime Minister not sign the USMCA until the clause granting US oversight of the Canadian dairy system has been removed from the agreement. “This is a matter of Canadian sovereignty; Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on you to remain steadfast,” the letter concludes.

The open letter can be found here: https://www.dairyfarmers.ca/news-centre/news/policy/open-letter-to-prime-minister-justin-trudeau

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:23

Re: USMCA Agreement

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of dairy farmers across Canada, we are writing at this time due to the concern that the current final text of the USMCA will cause further harm to the Canadian dairy industry. The existing text fundamentally undermines Canadian sovereignty. Simply stated, Appendix 3, Section C10 and 11 grants the US oversight into the administration of our Canadian dairy system which undermines Canadian sovereignty and ability to manage Canadian dairy without US intervention.

At a meeting with your key officials following the announcement of the agreement and publication of the US text, Dairy Farmers of Canada was told that the issue of US oversight had not been agreed to by Canada – and would not be part of the final agreement. We remain concerned that we have not yet seen a final text with this portion excluded.

Prime Minister, we ask that, to prevent further damage to the Canadian dairy sector, you do not sign the USMCA until the US oversight of our dairy system has been removed from the agreement. This is a matter of Canadian sovereignty; Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on you to remain steadfast.

Regards,

Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dave Taylor, Chair, BC Dairy Association

Tom Kootstra, Chair, Alberta Milk

Melvin Foth, Chair, SaskMilk

David Wiens, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Ralph Dietrich, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Bruno Letendre, Chair, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec

Paul Gaunce, Chair, Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick

Les Brophy, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador

Gerrit Damsteegt, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia

Harold MacNevin, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island

New DFC Online Store

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:09

DFC is happy to announce that a new swag store has been opened in light of the USMCA deal and increased consumer interest in promotional items.

We invite you to encourage all Canadians to show their support for Canadian dairy.

As we continue to add new products, please feel free to send us product suggestions you may have.

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Holiday spirit will benefit children’s foundations across the country

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:30

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to partner with Agropur and Tim Horton’s in spreading the Holiday spirit for the benefit of children’s foundations in five major Canadian cities.

DFC will participate in parades organized in Halifax, Winnipeg, Moncton, Edmonton and Vancouver, and distribute Tim Horton’s cookies and milk provided by Agropur to families attending the events.

A DFC tent will be set up at the parades where information on Canadian dairy and its nutritious and quality products will be available. “Milk is part of the longstanding holiday tradition for Canadians, and we are happy to honour this tradition by supporting children’s foundations,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “Is there a better way to spread holiday joy than to put a smile on children’s faces and to help make a difference in their lives?” he asked.

DFC and Tim Horton’s struck a special collaboration initiative whereby the proceeds of DFC’s purchase of Tim Horton’s cookies will go to the foundations supported by the company. The total amount of DFC’s contributions to these foundations will be close to $15,000.

Details on the events:

Halifax

  • The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights
  • Saturday, November 17 – from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • DFC will be set-up in the Eastlink Broadcast area
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to IWK Health Centre Foundation and Feed NS.

Winnipeg

  • Manitoba Santa Claus Parade
  • Saturday, November 17
  • DFC will be present during the pre-parade block party from 4 pm to 5 pm
  • DFC will be set-up on the corner of Portage Ave and Garry St.
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation

Moncton

  • Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade
  • Saturday, November 24 – from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • DFC will be set-up at CF Champlain mall main parking lot nearest to Wheeler Blvd and Champlain St.
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Timbit Minor Sports Coaching Aids & Clinic

Edmonton

  • Santa’s Parade of Lights
  • Saturday, November 24 – from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • DFC has sponsored a block of the parade and will be set-up at Jasper Avenue at 107 street, on the north side of Jasper Avenue
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
  • Sunday, December 2 – from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • DFC will be set-up in the Christmas market prior to the parade from 10am to 12pm
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

 

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724