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An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2017


The 2017 Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System provides an economic overview of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system for 2016. It describes the Canadian system as a complex and integrated supply chain that includes input and service suppliers, primary agricultural producers, food and beverage processors, food retailers and wholesalers and foodservice providers.

The report looks at the agriculture and agri-food system's relevance to the Canadian economy, as measured by its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment. It also reviews the sector's performance internationally, in terms of its share of agriculture and agri-food trade to total world trade. Bioproduct production and development in Canada, farm performance and inputs, food and beverage processing, food prices and food consumption patterns, and finally government support and expenditures are also examined.


Gross domestic product and employment

International trade

Primary agriculture

Food and beverage processing

Food retail and foodservice

Food expenditures, prices and consumption

Government expenditures and support

Highlights – Special Features

Trends in Canadian agriculture

Bioproduct production and development in Canada

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