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Average retail price for chicken in Canada 2015-2020

The retail price of chicken hit a new low of 6.87 Canadian dollars per kilogram in Canada in June 2020. Previous to this month, the price of chicken had remained relatively constant over the past few years, staying between seven and eight dollars per kilogram. The highest price was recorded in September 2015, when one kilogram of chicken cost 7.72 Canadian dollars.

Fluctuations in the Canadian chicken market

Despite chicken prices remaining relatively stable, household expenditure on the white meat has varied recently, with average annual spending hitting a six-year low in 2017 at 230 Canadian dollars. Regardless of a decrease in household spending, chicken production reached an all-time high in 2018, with around 1.3 million metric tons of chicken produced in Canada. However, the volume of chicken exported from Canada has not increased in line with this increase in production. This suggests that Canadians are purchasing and consuming more chicken, yet they are purchasing cheaper cuts or varieties as expenditure is declining.

Opinions on chicken consumption

Males aged over 55 are the most likely demographic to actively include chicken in their diet, whilst females aged between 18 and 34 are most likely to avoid eating chicken. Females from this age group are also most likely to see eating less meat as a protein source as a positive choice.

Average retail price for chicken in Canada from January 2015 to June 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

January 2015 to June 2020

Supplementary notes

Statistics Canada collects prices for food, household supply and personal care items from food supermarkets and drugstores, prices for cigarettes from supermarkets, department stores, drug stores and tobacco shops, and prices for regular, unleaded gasoline from gas stations.

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