Meat industry in Canada- Statistics & Facts

The meat industry in Canada is comprised of production and processing, packing, preservation, and marketing of meat such as, beef and veal, lamb and mutton, pork, chicken, goat, rabbit, horse, and wild game such as venison and bison. The annual industrial product price index for meat products in Canada was 130.3 in 2018, with the base year (index=100) being 2010. Meat is widely consumed in Canada, with the 2017 average annual household expenditure on meat recorded as a little over a thousand Canadian dollars.

In 2018, the volume of beef produced in Canada amounted to 1.23 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 5.82 billion Canadian dollars in gross domestic product in 2018, up from 5.66 billion Canadian dollars in the previous year.

Led by pork and beef, meat is one of Canada’s highest value agro-food exports. In 2018, the value of beef and veal exported from Canada amounted to 2.49 billion Canadian dollars and export volume of pork amounted to about 1.33 million metric tons. In 2018, import volume of beef and veal into Canada was around 233,000 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.

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