Canadian consumers support supply management, survey finds

Consumers want dairy, eggs, chicken and turkey from Canada
calendar icon 18 December 2023
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A recent survey conducted by Abacus Data delves into Canadians’ perspectives on the food system and the value they place on the system of supply management, according to a recent press release from the Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC).

According to the findings, 9 in 10 Canadians say it’s important to them that the dairy, eggs, chicken and turkey they buy come from Canada. This sentiment is strong across multiple demographics and geographical regions, reflecting a shared belief in the benefits of this approach.

With over 339,000 jobs generated, a staggering $30.1 billion contribution to Canada’s GDP, and an annual infusion of $5.95 billion in tax contributions, supply management ensures not only dependable access to homegrown goods, but a vibrant and prosperous agricultural landscape, EFC said in its press release.

The Abacus survey highlights that 94% of Canadians consider it a ‘good thing’ when they hear that local dairy, poultry and egg products are produced with high standards of food safety and animal care under supply management. Furthermore, 92% of Canadians express confidence in the food safety and animal welfare of dairy, chicken, turkey, and eggs produced because of supply management. 

Notable findings include:

  • 97% of respondents feel it is important that Canada has strong domestic food supply chains that allow us to produce enough food to feed Canadians year-round; and
  • 94% of Canadians prefer their dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey products to be produced locally and in Canada under supply management.

The data highlights how crucial it is for supply management to be in line with Canadian values and priorities. It also emphasizes the system’s role in ensuring domestic food security and building public confidence in our food supply chain. The findings of the survey confirm that enacting Bill C-282 into law protects what Canadians want, which is homegrown food, said the commodity group. 

The survey, conducted online with a sample size of 2,000 adult Canadians from November 9 to 12, 2023, provides insights into the importance Canadians attribute to a strong domestic supply of dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey. 

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