Canada's poultry and egg industry profile
... at a glance
- In 2019, Canada produced poultry and egg products worth $4.8 billion, contributing 7.4% of cash receipts to farming operations.
- In 2019, there were 2,821 regulated chicken producers and 523 registered turkey producers, 240 broiler hatching egg producers and 1,168 egg producers in Canada. In addition to the 4,752 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, there were a large number of businesses associated with these production activities.
- In 2019, Canada's commercial chicken and turkey meat production totaled 1.45 billion kilograms, eviscerated equivalent.
- In 2019, Canada produced 1.29 billion kilograms of chicken, 60.6% of which was produced in Quebec and Ontario.
- Food availability increased by 1.11% for chicken and 1.25% for eggs while food availability for turkey decreased by 8.2% from 2018.
- Chicken is the most consumed meat animal protein source. In 2019, 35.1 kg of chicken was available for every person in Canada, as well as 3.9 kg of turkey.
- Per capita availability of eggs reached 21.1 dozen in 2019. Supplying egg and poultry producers in 2019 were 59 hatcheries along with numerous feed manufacturers, feed supplement suppliers and drug suppliers. In addition, many processors, further processors, egg grading and egg processing establishments in Canada depend on the poultry industries for a portion of their business.
- In 2019, Canada exported over 13.1 million chicks and poults, worth $49.5 million to 29 countries. The United States was the largest market, representing 74% of our exports in Canadian dollars. Other countries included Brazil, China, Iran, Germany, Denmark and Taiwan.
- In 2019, Canada exported over 40.7 million hatching eggs of different species, worth over 71.5 million dollars, to 27 countries. The United States was the largest market with 58% of our value exported heading south of the border, while other primary countries included Russia, Turkey and France.
- That same year, over 156 million kilograms of poultry meat and edible bi-products (fresh, chilled, frozen), worth $552.2 million were exported to 69 countries with largest importers being the United States, Philippines, Taiwan and South Africa. Other importing countries included Cuba, Jamaica and the Republic of Congo.
- In 2019, Canada exported over 4 million kilograms of processed eggs worth 11.2 million dollars and over 21 million shell eggs worth over 2.6 million dollars.
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