Farming in Canada is serious business! Like other natural resource sectors, the farming sector contributes massively to the livelihoods of Canadians in several direct and indirect ways. For example, hundreds of thousands of farming jobs exist across the country; in turn, these workers supply the raw goods needed by the much larger Canadian food manufacturing and processing industries to create many of the agricultural products we see stocked on the shelves in our grocery stores.
With Canada having so much land area spanning across multiple landscapes, it’s no wonder that Canadian farmers produce such a diversity of crops and livestock products. From blueberries and cranberries to beef and pork, we really are blessed with an abundance of natural resources.
And while we’re busy feeding ourselves and the world, farmers across Canada are intently focused on reducing their environmental footprint by taking up more eco-friendly practices. It’s a win-win-win situation for Canadian workers, our economy and the global environment when our agricultural sector is strong.
Here’s several facts on farming in Canada coupled with infographics. We encourage you to download and share them with whoever you’d like!
Canadian Farming: 11 Infographics
Canada one of the world's top 5 wheat exporters, with an average of $7 billion worth exported each year.
Canada is the 6th largest global exporter of beef, accounting for 4.6% of the world's exports in 2018.
Canada is the 2nd largest global producer of cranberries, with $88 million of fresh cranberry exports in 2016.
Canada is the world's #1 exporter of oats, accounting for more than 70% of the world trade in oats.
Canada is the #1 producer and exporter of fresh and frozen blueberries, with exports valued at $238 million in 2018.
Canada is the world's 3rd largest exporter of pork, with more than $3.8 billion worth of exports in 2018.
Canada is the #1 producer and exporter of canola in the world. Canola exports add more than $26 billion to the Canadian economy each year.
Canada is the world's 2nd largest producer and exporter of mustard seed, and is home to 28% of the global supply.
Canada is the world's #1 producer and exporter of flaxseed, with exports to more than 50 countries in 2017.
Canada is the world's #1 producer and exporter of maple syrup, with around 80% of the global supply.
Canada is the world's #1 producer and exporter of lentils and dry peas, with pulse exports to over 120 countries in 2018.
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