Created in 1978 as the Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency (CCMA), we launched on December 28, 1978, and our legal authority comes from the Farm Products Agencies Act.
Headquartered initially in Brampton, Ontario the office with a General Manager and a staff of 4 was later moved (in 1983) to Ottawa. We became Chicken Farmers of Canada in 1998 to remove the stigma that the Agency was part of the government and reinforce that we are a farmer-led and farmer-supported organization. Our staff complement sits at 25 today, led by our Executive Director.
Since being founded, Chicken Farmers of Canada has been led by 12 Chairs and 5 General Managers/Executive Directors. Our Board has seen active and committed service from over 100 Directors, and similarly, from about 100 staff over the years. These people all made contributions to the organization in their own way, providing the organization with strength, stability, skill, and expertise that continue to influence the direction of Chicken Farmers of Canada and the Canadian chicken industry.
Over time, allocation setting has gone through several different variations too, from top-down to bottom-up and the frequency of setting has been changed according to these amendments. There have been three major overhauls of the allocation setting process in our history. These changes have all been made to ensure that the industry is responsive to market demand and can make production or allocation changes rapidly to deliver that responsiveness.
We currently operate under the Federal Provincial Agreement for Chicken (FPA) which was signed on June 28, 2001, after years of consultation. Changes to the Operating Agreement were made recently to add a comparative advantage formula (2014) to the process, and the results are positive, setting us on a course of stability for the next 10 years. These amendments are expected to be finalized and all signatures completed in 2016.
As part of a dynamic and evolving industry, Chicken Farmers of Canada has always embraced new challenges and opportunities by continually examining how it can improve the way it serves both the Canadian marketplace and Canada’s chicken farmers. By supplying consumers with what they want, when they want it, and by remaining strong, competitive, efficient, and forward-looking, the future of the Canadian chicken industry is assured.