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New Report Shows the Canadian Ag Sector is Booming

The Canadian agricultural sector continues to show economic growth, contributing to Canada’s strong economic performance as described in the Fall Economic Statement 2017. The agriculture and agri-food sector provides one in eight jobs and accounts for more than six percent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today released An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System, an annual report that provides a summary of the economic performance of the sector, including key changes in the Canadian agricultural landscape.

The report concludes that in 2016 the sector maintained its position as a key driver of the Canadian economy, generating $111.9 billion of GDP, employing 2.3 million people and achieving values of $62.6 billion for agriculture, agri-food and seafood exports. The sector is well positioned to reach the ambitious goal set in Budget 2017 to grow Canada’s agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the report includes a special feature on Trends in Canadian Agriculture. The report also includes a special feature on Bioproduct Production and Development in Canada, which is a growing part of the country’s bioeconomy.


Report Highlights

  • Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector consists of input suppliers, primary producers (farmers), food and beverage processors, food retailers and wholesalers, and foodservice providers.
  • In 2016, the agriculture and agri-food sector generated $111.9 billion of GDP and accounted for 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP.
  • In 2016, the agriculture and agri-food sector employed 2.3 million people, representing 12.5% of Canadian employment.
  • The value of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food exports reached $56 billionin 2016, and with the addition of seafood exports, $62.6 billion. Farm market receipts remained at a record high of $57.6 billion in 2016.
  • The food and beverage processing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in Canada, accounting for the largest share (16.4%) of the total manufacturing sector’s GDP in 2016. It also accounted for the largest share (17.3%) of jobs in the manufacturing sector during the same year.