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Quick facts on canola

Canola was developed in Saskatchewan in the 1970s by a scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and a colleague at the University of Manitoba. Today, Canada is the world’s top producer and exporter of the crop.

Canada’s canola sector contributes over $26 billion to the economy and employs a quarter-million Canadians. The Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $12.1 million in the new canola research cluster, and up to $20.2 million of research funding in partnership with the canola industry.

Outside our borders, canola makes up $11 billion of Canadian exports each year to 50 countries worldwide. New international trade partnerships are expected to continue generating revenues from Canadian canola exports. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) alone is forecasted to bring $780 million worth of new canola exports per year.

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