BC Dairy Quota Tools Assessment Review (QTAR)

The BC Milk Marketing Board is conducting a Quota Tools Assessment Review (QTAR). This review is initiated by the Farm Industry Review Board (FIRB) to all five supply managed commodity boards in the province to develop long term quota policies that will support industry stakeholders and the public interest for BC residents.  BC FIRB Quota Assessment Tool Evaluation – February 28, 2017


The overall purpose of the review is to assess the outcomes of BCFIRB’s 2005 Specialty Review transfer assessment and industry entry related directions as they pertain to their continued effectiveness, utility and appropriateness. The evaluation will be conducted in light of:  

  • The 2005 transfer assessment and industry entry related policy objectives; and,
  • Supporting delivery of sound marketing outcomes in a rapidly changing environment 

The review will primarily focus on two policies; (1) Transfer Assessment Structure; and (2) Industry Entry; however, a sound evaluation of related quota policies will be conducted to provide a thorough rationale for any proposed policy changes.

Stage 1 – Evaluating the need for Change Please click the following link Stage 1 - Evaluating the need for Change

The Board completed Stage 1 of the consultation “Evaluating the need for Change” on May 1, 2017. The summary provides the results to industry questions and key themes that surfaced through the face to face sessions and any written comments within scope of the consultation. 

Stage 2 -  Identifying Solutions Please click the following link: Stage 2 - Identifying Solutions The deadline for submission will be June 2, 2017.  Please click the following link: Notice to Industry - QTAR Stage 2 - Finding Solutions - May 19. 2017

The Board is currently in Stage 2 of the consultation “Identifying Solutions” from producers and the dairy industry input with respect to transfer assessments and industry entry.

The Board will continue to gather input through this process that will be used to evaluate current policy, and, where necessary, propose policy changes or develop new policy to BCFIRB for review. The Board is requesting all industry stakeholders review Stage 2 Policy Options and provide comments with respect to the quota policies that are outlined in this discussion paper. The deadline for submission will be June 2, 2017.

Stage 2 - COMPLETED  Notice to Industry - QTAR Stage 2 - COMPLETED - June 7 2017

BC Quota Policy and Governance Review

In 2013 the BC Milk Marketing Board commissioned a comprehensive review in parallel with the FIRB which focused on policies relating to the governance of dairy quota in BC. Policies reviewed included allocation, production and the transfer of dairy quota. Policy proposals where categorized into five main themes (in no order); Quota Allocation; Graduated Entrant Program; Farm Succession; Declining Transfer Assessment; Whole Farm Transfers & Quota Exchange. Other themes discussed were Specialty Milk, the Cottage Industry Program and Lifestyle Milk. The Board submitted final recommendations on April 15, 2014. BC Quota Policy Governance Consultation

Although the focus areas of this review will be specific to two areas of policy, the Board will consult and provide feedback on the five main themes included in the 2014 Quota Policy & Governance submission.


During the first stage of consultation process, the Board will hold five regional face-to-face listening sessions with dairy industry stakeholders (producers, processors, vendors and other dairy industry participants) in conjunction with their annual spring producer meetings across BC. These sessions will take place from March 28, 2017 to April 12, 2017. Notice of Spring 2017 Producer Meetings

In addition to the face-to-face meetings, all dairy industry stakeholders and members of the public are invited to review the questions below and provide input to the Board via mail:

Suite 200 – 32160 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1W5, via Fax 604.556.7717 or via email to qtar@milk-bc.com by April 28, 2017. The Board will use the face-to-face sessions and all written submissions to identify ideas and relevant themes to develop options for any proposed policy changes.

The following questions were provided by FIRB to all participating commodity boards to assist in providing a focus to QTAR discussions. The Board encourages all industry stakeholders and members of the public to provide input using these questions as guidance.  Anyone attending the face-to-face sessions will have an opportunity to discuss these questions with other attendees. The Board will be requesting written submissions from all regional producer groups, processors and members of the public by April 28, 2017. Additional comments are welcome but only comments related to the scope of this review will be evaluated.

Quota Tools Assessment Review Questions for Industry Discussion

Quota Tools Assessment Review - Presentation - March 30, 2017

Quota Tools Assessment Review (QTAR)
Industry Questions for Consultation and Contact Form 

 Please submit your comments by email to qtar@milk-bc.com.