Monthly import value of fruit, nuts and vegetables in Canada 2014-2019

In May 2019, around 812.7 million Canadian dollars’ worth of fruit, nuts and vegetables were imported into Canada. In the same month in 2014, the import value was over 180 million Canadian dollars less, displaying Canada’s increased demand for such imports.

Why are imports increasing?

One of the main reasons that Canada requires an increasing amount of fruit, nut and vegetable imports is their growing population. In 2018, there were approximately 36.99 million people living throughout Canada, an increase of around 1.6 million over a four-year period. This figure is expected to grow to 39.23 million by 2024. An increased interest in healthy eating could also fuel increasing demand for such foods. In a recent survey, 21.2 percent of Canadians claimed they were trying to eat more fruits and vegetables to be healthier.

Healthy eating in Canada

Leading reasons for Canadians wanting to change their eating habits include losing weight, protecting long-term health and to generally feel better and have more energy. Along with consuming more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water or other fluids and consuming smaller portions were the main ways Canadians are trying to achieve these health goals.

Monthly import value of fruit, nuts and vegetables in Canada from 2014 to 2019 (in million Canadian dollars)*

201420152016201720182019
Dec685.6796.1764.1763.5860.4-
Nov646.2761.1791.8791.1813.4-
Oct657.6772.8774.4775.2794.2-
Sep640.3758.8794768.5804.8-
Aug601.7729.9762.1808.8782.5-
Jul654696.5733.5804.7789.5-
Jun651.4701.2744823785.6-
May632.6726.8759.1803.6755.6812.7
Apr645.7718.8747.7819.7763.1840.8
Mar621.7712.3733.7784.3769.4849.7
Feb628.1701.2843.8765.2772.6810.6
Jan611.4703.9817.9706.2772825.1
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

January 2014 to May 2019

Supplementary notes

* Seasonally adjusted.

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