Canada's poultry and egg industry profile
... at a glance
- In 2017, Canada produced poultry and egg products worth $4.4 billion, contributing 7.1 % of cash receipts to farming operations.
- In 2017, there were 2,836 regulated chicken producers and 542 registered turkey producers, 241 broiler hatching egg producers and 1,059 egg producers in Canada. In addition to the 4,678 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, there were a large number of businesses associated with these production activities.
- In 2017, Canada's commercial chicken and turkey meat production totaled 1,37 billion kilograms, eviscerated equivalent.
- In 2017, Canada produced 1.2 billion kilograms of chicken, 60.8% of which was produced in Quebec and Ontario. Food availability of chicken and turkey in 2017 was 37.3 kilograms per person, eviscerated basis, per person, with the majority of availability for chicken at 33.1 kilograms per person.
- Canadian consumption of eggs and egg products increased 2.3 per cent in 2017 and 5.6 per cent in 2016. In the previous 5 years, egg food availability has increased approximately 4.3 per cent annually. In 2017 per capita food availability of eggs reached 20.2 dozen per person, compared to 19.9 dozen in 2016.
- Supplying egg and poultry producers in 2017 were 66 hatcheries along with numerous further processors, feed manufacturers, feed supplement suppliers and drug suppliers that depend on the poultry industries for a portion of their business. This is in addition to the 195 federally registered egg grading stations and 13 federally registered processing egg establishments in Canada.
- In 2017, Canada exported over 14.7 million chicks and poults (young turkeys), worth $56.0 million to 32 countries. The United States was the largest market, representing 70% of our exports in Canadian dollars. Other countries included China, Brazil, Poland, Taiwan, South Korea and Turkey.
- In 2017, Canada exported over 39.8 million hatching eggs of different species, worth over 68.8 million dollars, to 22 countries. The United States was the largest market with 54% of our value exported heading south of the border, while other primary countries included Russia, Turkey and Poland.
- That same year, over 167 million kilograms of poultry meat and edible bi-products (fresh, chilled, frozen), worth $511 million were exported to 67 countries with largest importers being the United States, Philippines, Hong Kong and South Africa. Other importing countries included Gabon, Taiwan, Cuba and Jamaica.
- In 2017, Canada exported 5.7 million kilograms of processed eggs worth 14.6 million dollars and 1.1 million dozen shell eggs worth over 1.8 million dollars.
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