The supply management system rests on the following four pillars:
- the provincial and territorial legislations governing commodity and supervisory boards;
- the federal legislations controlling interprovincial and international trade of farm products;
- the FPAA enables producer groups to set up national marketing agencies. It also provides the legal foundation for the creation of the FPCC, whose mission is to supervise these agencies; and,
- the federal proclamations to establish each of the national marketing agencies. These agencies are:
Chicken Farmers of Canada,
Egg Farmers of Canada,
Turkey Farmers of Canada, and
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers.
Federal, provincial and territorial agreements provide the details for operating the system by setting out how each national marketing agency must operate.