Ontario dairy farmer and association representatives say they are upset by new rules that will force them to pay more money for their milk.
“We’re not thrilled with it, and it’s going to be a huge blow for us, and for our farmers,” said Bob MacDougall of the Association of Ontario Dairy Producers.
“It’s going be very, very difficult for us to sell our product,” he said.
The rules will force dairy farmers to pay $25 more for each gallon of milk produced in the province.
They are also making it harder for dairy farmers who sell their product online or through online distributors to get their products in stores.
The government says the new rules are needed to boost Ontario’s milk supply.
MacDougall says there is a $1.8-billion industry in Ontario’s dairy sector and there is an average of 20,000 cows a day produced in Ontario.
The dairy farmers association is also concerned that the new rule could hurt the farmers’ ability to compete with online retailers.
“They’re saying that because of the cost of the new regulations, they are going to have to raise prices and there’s no way for us that they’re going to make up for the cost,” said MacDouga.
“And that’s what’s going on right now.”
Ontario is one of the few provinces in the country where there are no sales taxes on dairy products.
The province also has a program that gives farmers who buy their milk online a tax credit.
It was introduced to help dairy farmers sell their products.