Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength


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The latest data shows that the agriculture and agri-food sector continues to generate significant economic benefits for Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released the annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System. The report provides historical data up to 2013, and demonstrates the sector’s continued strong contribution to the Canadian economy.


Report Highlights

  • The agriculture and agri-food sector generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
  • In 2013, the agriculture and agri-food sector provided one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
  • Canadian export sales grew by 5.5% in 2013 to $46.0 billion, maintaining its 3.5% share of the total value of world agriculture and agri-food exports. Canada remained the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013.
  • Exports to the U.S. increased by 10.8% in 2013 to $23.4 billion, while exports to non-U.S. markets grew by 6.0% to $22.7 billion.
  • Public investments in research and development (R&D) are estimated to rise by 5.3% to $643 million in 2013-2014.
  • A record harvest and strong prices in the first half of 2013, contributed to the growth in farm receipts. Cattle receipts have increased for four consecutive years due to strong cattle prices.
  • The food and beverage processing industry is the largest of all manufacturing industries in Canada, accounting for the largest share (16.0%) of the total manufacturing sector’s GDP in 2013. It also accounted for the largest share (16.7%) of jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Following the study of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, this year’s report also features a special section on Food Loss and Waste at all stages of the agri-food system.


“More than ever, the world is looking to Canada for its high-quality agricultural products. By continuing to support innovation and science-based trade while opening doors to new markets, we will ensure that the agriculture and food industry is well-placed to take full advantage of new economic opportunities.”

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

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