The Fact Sheet: Prepare To Be Amazed By Canada's Agricultural Industry

The Fact Sheet: Prepare To Be Amazed By Canada’s Agricultural Industry


The Canadian agriculture industry is one of the greatest contributors to our economy.

Our agriculture industry not only leads internationally with respect to the products we produce, but also boasts an impressive record for job creation, technological advancement, and environmental sustainability.

TalentEgg has created a Fact Sheet to help you understand the successes of Canada’s agriculture industry. Prepare to be amazed.


  • One in eight Canadian jobs are related to agriculture
  • Agriculture employs over 2.1 million Canadians
  • Canada’s plant science industry ranks among Canada’s top employers
  • Grain is responsible for 40,000 jobs in Ontario alone
  • There are 3 jobs waiting for every agronomics graduate in Ontario

An Industry Leader

  • Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of flaxseed, canola, pulses, durum wheat, peas, lentils, and mustard seeds
  • The meat processing industry is Canada’s third largest manufacturing industry, ranking behind motor vehicles and petroleum products
  • Canada is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of malting barley (used to brew beer)
  • Canada’s is the world’s largest producer of blueberries
  • Canada ranks #1 in the G7 for low food processing cost
  • Canada produces 85% of the world’s maple syrup
  • The US is Canada’s #1 food export destination

The Environment

  • One tree can remove the same amount of carbon dioxide from the air that is emitted from a car driving 17,700 km
  • 50,000 fewer gallons of water are needed to grow an acre of corn today, compared to 20 years ago
  • Thanks to Canada’s conservation tillage practices, 12 billion kilograms of CO2 were prevented from entering the atmosphere in 2008
  • GHGs from Canada’s dairy cows and manure management decreased 21% from 1990-2009


  • In 2008, Canadian agriculture generated more than $70 billion in economic activity
  • The value of honey bees to Canadian agriculture is over $1 billion
  • The cattle industry contributes approximately $24.6 billion to the Canadian economy
  • Sales of milk and dairy products contribute $10 billion to the Canadian economy
  • In 2011, Canadian dairy genetics exports were valued at $120M
  • Grains create $9B in economic output for Canada
  • In 2009, Canadian farmers exceeded $1B with a total economic impact of over $3B
  • Beef industry contributes almost $25B to the Canadian economy annually

Growth & Demand

  • Canada is the world’s 5th largest exporter of agricultural products
  • World food demand will increase 70% by 2050
  • Since 2007, China’s import of Canadian vegetable oil has increased by 300%
  • Within the last 6 years, Canada’s exports to Russia alone have increased by 430%
  • A farmer in 1900 produced enough food for 10 people. Today’s farmer feeds over 120 people
  • 3% of Canada’s population is employed in industrial farmer – they are able to feed a population of over 30 million and export to foreign markets

Sources: CropLife Canada, Agriculture More Than Ever, and Chatham Daily News.

Interested in Canada’s agriculture industry? Be sure to check out TalentEgg’s Agriculture Career Guide for more great resources!