How TFC Works

Turkey Farmers of Canada was established by Federal Proclamation to manage turkey production in Canada through a national quota system known as supply management. Supply management is a policy of the Government of Canada as authorized by the Farm Products Agencies Act.

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.

Provincial turkey board members are elected by turkey farmers, and it is from this elected membership that a Director to Turkey Farmers of Canada is appointed.

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 Turkey Farmers of Canada Board of Directors 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 animal care, research, food safety, international trade, product promotion and a variety of other issues.

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.