Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) is the national voice of Canadian turkey farmers. Originally formed under the federal Farm Products Agencies Act in 1974 as the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency (CTMA), the organization became known as Turkey Farmers of Canada in March 2009, in order to better reflect membership and business activity.
Mandated by Federal Proclamation, Turkey Farmers of Canada, in collaboration with its provincial counterparts, regulates the licensing of farmers and the volume of turkey marketed under a system referred to as “supply management” or “orderly marketing”.
Each province where turkey is grown has a provincial turkey marketing board whose function is to regulate production within that province. These provincial boards operate under the authority of their Provincial Marketing Acts. The Federal and Provincial quota systems are linked through a Federal Provincial Agreement, originally signed in 1973.
The 11-member Turkey Farmers of Canada Board of Directors is comprised of eight farmer-elected representatives, along with members of the primary and further processing sectors.
The Board sets national turkey production levels on an annual basis via regulations prior-approved by the Farm Products Council of Canada. This is done in response to market activity, market forecasts and expectations regarding imports and competing protein markets. In addition to this, the Board also provides direction to a national office staff and makes decisions on such matters as bird care, research, food safety, international trade, product promotion and a variety of other activities.
The organization is entirely funded by levies, remitted by turkey farmers on each kilogram of turkey marketed.
The Turkey Farmers of Canada Board of Directors is accountable for its actions to its members and partners. Turkey Farmers of Canada reports annually to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.