Farming in Canada: The Facts (35 Infographics)

farming in Canada - 35 facts and infographics

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 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 are several facts on farming in Canada coupled with infographics. We encourage you to download and share them with whoever you’d like! Also see:

Canadian Farming Infographics: 35 Facts & Statistics


207,000 people are employed by the canola sector in Canada

Number of people directly or indirectly employed by the canola industry across Canada: 207,000


43,000 farms grow canola across Canada

Number of farms growing canola across Canada, producing ~20 million tonnes of canola annually: 43,000


Canadian canola sector emission reductions between 1981 - 2011

Between 1981 & 2011, Canadian canola farmers reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by: 71%


Canada's beef industry adds $22 billion to the economy annually

Contribution of beef to Canada's economy each year: $22 billion


228,000 jobs in Canada are supported by the beef industry

Number of jobs supported by Canada's beef and cattle industry: 228,000


Canada is home to 60,000 farms and ranches with cattle

Number of farms and ranches with cattle in Canada: 60,000


Ontario is home to 49,600 farms as of 2021, one of the largest numbers of all Canadian provinces

Number of farms in Ontario, growing more than 200 different agricultural commodities across the province: 49,600


861,000 jobs are supported by farming in Ontario and the agri-food sector

Number of jobs supported by Ontario's agri-food sector, adding $46.3 billion to the provincial economy each year: 861,000


Ontario is home to 2,506 bee farms, the second largest amount of any Canadian province

Number of bee farms in Ontario, amounting to the second-largest amount of beekeepers of any Canadian province: 2,506


Manitoba is home to 14,791 farms across the province

Number of farms found across Manitoba, generating billions of dollars in economic activity each year: 14,791 (2016)


A total of 23,180 people are directly employed by Manitoba's farming sector in Canada

Number of people directly employed by agriculture in Manitoba: 23,180 (2020)


Manitoba is home to 595 pork farms with the largest head count per farm in Canada

Number of pork farms located across Manitoba averaging 5,000 head per farm, the largest pig farms in Canada: 595


Saskatchewan is home to 34,500 farms provincewide

Number of farms located across Saskatchewan: 34,500. Canada's "breadbasket" is recognized as one of the most productive farming regions globally!


Saskatchewan is home to 40% of Canada's total cultivated farmland

Amount of Canada's total cultivated farmland found in the province of Saskatchewan: 40%


Saskatchewan accounts for 23% of Canada's total agri-food product exports by value

Amount of Canada's total agri-food product exports accounted for by Saskatchewan: 23%


number of farms in alberta

Number of farms in Alberta: 46,000. The province is also home to one of the world's most productive agricultural economies.


780 million eggs produced by egg-farming families in alberta in 2021

Number of eggs produced by Alberta's egg-farming families every year: 780 million


494 milk producing farms in alberta

Number of milk-producing farms in Alberta, producing over 835 million litres of milk in the 2020/21 dairy year: 494


Canada grows more than 125 different vegetable and fruit crops across the country - agriculture farming

Number of different vegetable and fruit crops grown across Canada: 125+


Canada's agri-food and agriculture sector adds $143 billion to the economy annually

Value added to Canada's economy by the agriculture and agri-food sector in 2018: $143 billion


Canada's agri-food and agriculture sector provides 1 in 8 jobs in the country - farming

Number of jobs in Canada accounted for by the agriculture and agri-food sector in 2018: 1 in 8


Canada's Canola industry adds $30 billion to the national economy annually - agriculture farming

Contribution by the canola industry to the Canadian economy each year, a sector that also supports 207,000 jobs across the nation: $30 billion


Canadian farms cover 64 million hectares across the nation, covering 7% of Canada's land area

Number of hectares covered by farms across Canada in 2018, accounting for 7% of Canada's land area: 64 million


canada wheat exports top 5 global exporter

Canada one of the world's top 5 wheat exporters, with an average of $7 billion worth exported each year.


beef farming in canada - 6th largest global exporter of beef

Canada is the 6th largest global exporter of beef, accounting for 4.6% of the world's exports in 2018.


cranberry farming in canada - 2nd largest global producer of cranberries

Canada is the 2nd largest global producer of cranberries, with $88 million of fresh cranberry exports in 2016.


oat farming canada - #1 exporter of oats globally

Canada is the world's #1 exporter of oats, accounting for more than 70% of the world trade in oats.


blueberry farming in canada - #1 global producer and exporter fresh frozen blueberries

Canada is the #1 producer and exporter of fresh and frozen blueberries, with exports valued at $238 million in 2018.


Canadian pork farming - 3rd largest exporter of pork

Canada is the world's 3rd largest exporter of pork, with more than $3.8 billion worth of exports in 2018.


canada canola farming - #1 global exporter and producer of canola

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.


canadian canola seed farming - 2nd largest producer and exporter

Canada is the world's 2nd largest producer and exporter of mustard seed, and is home to 28% of the global supply.


flaxseed in canada - world's #1 producer and exporter of flaxseed

Canada is the world's #1 producer and exporter of flaxseed, with exports to more than 50 countries in 2017.


maple syrup farming in Canada - #1 producer and exporter

Canada is the world's #1 producer and exporter of maple syrup, with around 80% of the global supply.


canada lentils dry peas farming - #1 global producer and exporter

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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