Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is a national organization, funded completely through farmer levies paid according to the amount of chicken marketed. We were established in 1978 under the Farm Products Agencies Act. CFC operates within a regulatory environment pursuant to the Federal-Provincial Agreement for Chicken signed by federal and provincial governments and the provincial chicken boards in July 2001.
OUR MISSION: On behalf of Canadian chicken farmers, lead and drive the improved efficiency of chicken farmers and the Canadian chicken industry to better serve consumers and to ensure that chicken continues to be the leading protein preference of Canadians.
CFC has two primary mandates
CFC’s main responsibility is to ensure that our 2,700 farmers produce the right amount of fresh, safe, high quality chicken to meet consumer needs. To do so, farmers, processors, further processors and members of the restaurant trade from across the country meet every eight weeks to determine anticipated market requirements and set production levels accordingly. This evolving risk management system that we operate under is commonly known as “supply management”. As part of the system, CFC also monitors compliance with provincial quota allocations and the inter-provincial or market development trade of chicken. Another CFC responsibility is to represent the interests of chicken farmers and the Canadian chicken industry. CFC plays a key role in developing, partnering or managing programs for Canada’s chicken farmers that prove that farmers continue to grow the high quality chicken that consumers trust. Through on-farm programs such as the food safety program, Safe, Safer, Safest, the animal care program and biosecurity initiatives, CFC works closely with government partners and industry stakeholders to keep the industry innovative and responsive. CFC strives to ensure that key decision makers in government fully understand the views of Canada’s chicken farmers and that these are taken into account when important agriculture and trade policy decisions are made. Our directions and policies are determined by a 15-member Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of farmers appointed by provincial chicken marketing boards. Non-farmer directors—one from the restaurant industry, another from the further processing industry, and two representing the processing industry—are appointed by their respective national associations. CFC and its stakeholders work together on behalf Canada’s chicken industry, from farmer to consumer. Ours has long been a Canadian success story, known for its responsiveness and leadership within an evolving supply management system. Strong leadership and proactive strategies will always play an integral role in our ongoing success.