Poultry Industry in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Chicken and turkey are two of the most commonly consumed and produced meats in Canada. In addition to producing poultry for domestic consumption, Canada’s broiler meat export volume amounted to 130,000 metric tons in 2019, making it the eleventh leading exporter of broiler meat that year. In 2018, Canada produced some 1.3 million metric tons of chicken, and 168,600 metric tons of turkey.

The poultry industry makes up a significant segment of the Canadian economy, especially that of Ontario. Ontario is home to the highest number of registered turkey growers in Canada, at 170 establishments as of 2017, as well as the highest number of poultry and egg producers, at 652 businesses as of December 2018. Over the last several years, the average annual expenditure of poultry and egg farms has increased significantly, from around 990,000 Canadian dollars in 2013 to 1.23 million dollars in 2018.

As a major source of protein for Canadians, processed poultry is expected to grow in sales value between 2018 and 2022, from around 729.2 million U.S. dollars to about 858 million U.S. dollars. However, turkey meat seems to be losing popularity among Canadian consumers; in 2010 retail sales of turkey amounted to nearly 79 million kilograms, and by 2018 this figure stood at 51.32 million kilograms.

Chicken is the most popular type of meat among consumers in Canada, with each Canadian consuming nearly 80 pounds of chicken in 2018. The average Canadian household spent 230 Canadian dollars on chicken in 2017, down from 234 Canadian dollars in the previous year. However, this figure varies significantly when comparing different provinces. For instance, the average household in British Columbia spent as much as 321 Canadian dollars on poultry, while Nova Scotian households spent an average of 215 dollars on chicken in that year.

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