In 2019, the volume of beef produced in Canada amounted to 1.26 million metric tons. Canada’s meat processing companies manufacture a wide variety of meat products ranging from fresh and frozen meat to processed, smoked, canned, cooked, as well as sausage and deli meats. The meat product manufacturing industry in Canada generated some 4.59 billion Canadian dollars in gross domestic product in April 2020, down from 5.51 billion Canadian dollars in the same month in the previous year.
Led by pork and beef, meat is one of Canada’s highest value agro-food exports. In 2019, the value of beef and veal exported from Canada amounted to 3.22 billion Canadian dollars and the export volume of pork amounted to about 1.38 million metric tons. In 2019, import volume of beef and veal into Canada was around 204,000 metric tons, and is expected to increase to 250,000 metric tons in the next year.
The Canadian meat industry is widely recognized for well-established safety standards of the highest quality as overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). However, many Canadians are willing to reduce their meat consumption or cut meat entirely out of their diets. A September 2018 survey of Canadian consumers found that 51 percent were open to the idea of reducing the amount of meat they consumed, while 8.5 percent fully intend to reduce the amount of meat they consume in the next six months.