Canada's poultry and egg industry profile
... at a glance
- In 2016, Canada produced poultry and egg products worth $4.3 billion, contributing 7.2 % of cash receipts to farming operations.
- In 2016, there were 2,817 regulated chicken producers and 551 registered turkey producers, 243 broiler hatching egg producers and 1,062 egg producers in Canada. In addition to the 4,670 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, there were a large number of businesses associated with these production activities.
- In 2016, Canada's commercial chicken and turkey meat production totaled 1.32 billion kilograms, eviscerated equivalent.
- In 2016, Canada produced 1.1 billion kilograms of chicken, 60% of which was produced in Quebec and Ontario. Domestic consumption of chicken and turkey in 2016 was 36.8 kilograms, eviscerated basis, per person, with the majority of consumption chicken at 32.5 kilograms per person.
- Canadian consumption of eggs and egg products increased 3.9 per cent in 2016 and 2.2 per cent in 2015. In the previous 5 years, egg and egg product consumption has increased approximately 3.4 per cent annually. In 2016 per capita consumption of eggs reached 19.93 dozen per person, 2.7% over 2015. In 2016 per capita consumption reached 19.9 dozen per person, 2.7% over 2015.
- Supplying egg and poultry producers in 2016 were 67 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 197 federally registered egg grading stations and 14 federally registered processing egg establishments in Canada.
- In 2016, Canada exported over 14.4 million chicks and poults (young turkeys), worth $49.4 million to 11 countries. The United States was the largest market, representing 96% of our exports in Canadian dollars. Other countries included Japan, Chile, Russia, Guatemala, Taiwan and Israel.
- In 2016, Canada exported over 35.8 million hatching eggs of different species, worth over 55.2 million dollars, to 18 countries. The United States was the largest market with 59% of our value exported heading south of the border, while other primary countries included Russia, Poland and France.
- That same year, over 165 million kilograms of poultry meat and edible bi-products (fresh, chilled, frozen), worth $522 million were exported to 67 countries with largest importers being the United States, Taiwan, Philippines and Cuba. Other importing countries included Gabon, Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Congo, Haiti and Benin.
- In 2016, Canada exported 7.4 million kilograms of processed eggs worth 21.7 million dollars and 6.2 million dozen shell eggs worth over 5.1 million dollars.
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