Pet ownership in Canada - additional information
Pets are popular in Canada, with over half of almost all age groups owning at least one. In 2013, the consumer group in Canada with the largest share of pet owners was the 45 to 54 age group – three quarters of Canadians aged between 45 and 54 years owned at least one pet that year.
There are many advantages of keeping a pet: responsibility, exercise and companionship are only some of them. On the other hand, pets can be a costly addition to any household. Pets must be fed and kept healthy. In 2015, the average annual household expenditure on pets amounted to 590 Canadian dollars. In 2016, retail sales of dog food amounted to approximately 1080.7 million Canadian dollars.