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Canada's red meat and livestock industry at a glance…

Canada’s red meat industry includes beef and veal, pork, lamb and mutton, goat, rabbit, horse, as well as venison and bison. The red meat industry had annual shipments worth $22.3 billion in 2019.

Canada’s meat processing companies manufacture a wide variety of meat products ranging from fresh and frozen meat to processed, smoked, canned and cooked meats, as well as sausage and deli meats. About 70% of processed meats in Canada, such as sausages or cold cuts, are made with pork.

The wholesomeness and consistent safety of Canadian red meat is well established both in Canada and internationally. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works with the industry to maintain and enhance this reputation. The CFIA inspects imported products and federally registered establishments that produce processed meats and ready-to-eat products to verify compliance with food safety regulations.

Size of the industry:

By 2019, there were:


In addition to red meat exports, Canada can provide halal-certified, kosher and organic meat and meat products.

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For more detailed information, contact:

Patti Negrave
Deputy Director
Red Meat Section - Animal Industry Division
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1341 Baseline Road, Tower 5, 4th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
Telephone: 613-773-0226
Fax: 613-773-0300
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