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We feed the world
Canada is rich in agricultural diversity, producing a wide range of fruits and vegetables that not only contribute significantly to our economy but also enhance food security and health and well-being across the country. From greenhouse innovations to robust field crops, Canadian growers are at the forefront of supplying Canadians and the world with high-quality produce.
About our statistics
This page offers a snapshot of key sectors within Canadian horticulture: the Greenhouse Vegetable Industry, the Field Vegetable Sector, the Potato Sector, and the Fruit Sector. Each section provides a concise summary of the most current statistics, highlighting the economic impact, production figures, and unique attributes of these industries. For those interested in diving deeper, you’ll find comprehensive statistical reports linked below each summary. Stay informed and celebrate the breadth and depth of the Canadian fresh produce industry with us.
of households experienced some level of food insecurity in 2021.
of Canadians have reduced their consumption of fruits and vegetables in the past year due to price increases.
of growers reported labour shortages in October 2021.
billion $ value of farm gate fruits and vegetables produced in Canada in 2022.
jobs supported by the produce industry In 2022.
of Canadians are not eating enough fruits and vegetables as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide, resulting in an economic burden calculated at almost $4.4 billion.
is Canada’s climate funding for farm gate receipts compared to 1.7% in the US and 1.8% in the EU.
Greenhouse Vegetable Sector
Greenhouse vegetables represent an innovative and rapidly growing sector within Canada’s agricultural landscape. In 2021, the sector contributed $2.7 billion in farm gate sales and approximately $1.7 billion in exports. The industry produced a remarkable 722,890 metric tons of vegetables, with tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers making up 96% of the produce. Click the link below for the most up-to-date statistics on production, exports, and more.
Field Vegetable Sector
Canada’s field vegetable industry is a robust and expanding sector, with production increasing by 3.7% in 2022 to more than 2.3 million metric tons. The total farm gate value reached an impressive $1.57 billion the same year. Dry onions, carrots, and field tomatoes were the stars, collectively contributing to nearly 50% of the total farm gate value. Click the link below for the most up-to-date statistics on production, exports, and more.
Canada’s potato industry is a significant contributor to the nation’s agriculture, boasting approximately $1.5 billion in farm cash receipts and $2.6 billion in exports for 2021/2022. Potatoes are Canada’s largest vegetable crop, making up 26% of all vegetable receipts. In terms of production, about 5.7 million metric tons were produced in 2021, largely for the processing sector (64%). Click the link below for comprehensive statistics on production, exports, and more.
Canada’s fruit sector remains a vital part of the country’s agriculture, accounting for 19.2% of total edible horticulture farm cash receipts in 2022. Southern Ontario and southwest British Columbia are the primary production areas, benefiting from favorable climates. Blueberries lead as the most produced fruit, contributing to a total of $848 million in farm cash receipts. Click the link below for comprehensive statistics on production, exports, and more.
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