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Meat Trade

Canada's meat exports (HS code 02) were an estimated $4.4 billion in 2010, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, and live animal exports (HS code 01) were an estimated $1.7 billion.

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Meat Consumption

Statistics Canada reports that the red meat available per capita, both adjusted for losses (consumption) and not (disappearance), decreased in 2009, while the same values for poultry also saw a slight decrease.  Beef continues to be the meat group with the highest per capita consumption, followed by chicken.

Disappearance is defined as the product available for consumption, while consumption is an estimate of the product actually consumed by the population.

Source: Canada Food Statistics 2009

Food Industry Sales

The meat and poultry industry had annual manufacturing sales of $23.3 billion in 2012

Sales of other major food industries in 2012 follow:


Meat & Poultry $23.3 billion
Dairy Products $14.6 billion
Seafood Products $4.4 billion
Bakeries and Tortilla Products $7.9 billion
Fruits & Vegetables $7.4 billion

Source:  Statistics Canada. Table304-0014 - Manufacturers' sales, inventories, orders and inventory to sales ratios, by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), Canada (Year-to-date (sums)), annual (dollars unless otherwise noted),  CANSIM (database).

Meat Industry

According to the Statistics Canada's Selected Canadian 2006 - 2011 Meat Manufacturing Industry Statistics, Canada's meat industry had revenue from goods manufactured of $23.6 billion in 2011.

Source: Statistics Canada/CANSIM


Total Employees 68,468
Total Salaries and Wages ($ bill.) 2.7
Revenue from goods manufactured ($ bill.) 23.6
Value-Added ($bill.) 6.0

Manufacturing Industries

With revenue from goods manufactured of $23.6 billion in 2011, the meat and poultry industry is positioned among Canada's most important manufacturing industries.

A sampling of some leading industries follows:

Source: Statistics Canada, special tabulation, unpublished data, Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging, 2009.

 Statistics Canada definition:

*Revenue from goods manufactured: Revenue from sale of goods manufactured using materials owned by the establishment, from repair work, and revenue from manufacturing service charges and work contracted out to other establishments.

**Value added, manufacturing activity:

Value added by manufacturing activity is equal to the value of shipments of goods of an establishment's own manufacture, taking into account the net change in goods-in-process and finished product inventories, minus the cost of materials and supplies, the cost of purchased fuel and electricity used, and the amounts paid for work contracted out to other establishments.


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