In 2020, around 2.3 million metric tons of pork were produced in Canada, and approximately 1.54 million metric tons of pork were exported that year. Japan and the United States were the leading destinations for Canadian pork, with export values of approximately 1.4 and 1.25 billion Canadian dollars, respectively. As of December 2020, there were over 1,600 hog and pig farming businesses across Canada. The eastern province of Quebec was home to most of these businesses at that time.
Whilst nearly 50 percent of Canadians consume meat or meat containing products daily, a fair share of consumers are also reducing or eliminating meat entirely from their diet. Therefore, it is not surprising to report that pork consumption amounted to just under 25 kilograms in 2020, a large decrease from 1980, when per capita consumption was measured over 32 kilograms. According to a recent survey, it was revealed that some Canadians were actively avoiding red meat in their diets. Females aged over 55 are the demographic most likely to be avoiding such foods, followed by females aged between 18 and 34.