Annual game report by species in Canada

This annual report displays slaughter, imports and exports of deer, elk, bison, wild boar, rabbits and caribou/reindeer.

Slaughter
Slaughter by species in federally and provincially inspected establishments in Canada (head)
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Deer 3,311 2,660 2,705 3,391 3,086 2,937 5,059 1,809 1,295 1,114
Elk 3,108 3,061 3,126 3,424 2,758 3,213 2,655 2,947 2,821 2,919
Bison 13,587 14,388 14,371 14,186 11,568 10,886 10,041 9,585 7,860 9,798
Wild boar 4,827 4,367 4,289 3,916 4,642 5,786 5,585 6,754 4,487 3,547
Rabbit 642,827 582,244 592,502 670,867 621,561 605,379 523,046 530,924 445,850 474,566
Total 664,349 604,060 614,288 692,393 640,529 625,264 541,327 550,210 461,018 490,830
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Provincial Governments
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section
Exports
Game meat exports by species in Canada (kilogram)
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Deer - 9,463 4,089 2,794 8,201 6,308 1,487 7,366 2,592 N/A
Elk 99,260 129,249 155,172 115,575 142,603 230,839 139,241 121,282 67,108 N/A
Bison 884,723 1,066,096 1,262,177 1,196,347 1,161,165 1,126,554 1,086,694 880,522 179,341 N/A
Wild Boar 39,111 28,322 37,052 44,645 17,602 13,308 26,421 389 10,724 N/A
Caribou and reindeer - - - - - - - - - N/A
Rabbit 27,264 22,491 11,789 44,953 10,942 6,991 40,209 37,662 15,928 N/A
Total 1,050,357 1,255,622 1,470,278 1,404,313 1,340,512 1,384,000 1,294,053 1,047,221 275,693 N/A
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
2021 export data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is delayed
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section
Imports
Game meat imports by species in Canada (kilogram)
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Deer 227,153 295,015 366,924 363,285 401,912 387,320 366,967 223,071 187,845 372,145
Elk - - - - - - - - - -
Bison 287,418 153,707 249,148 446,450 758,242 458,191 203,742 92,656 130,381 274,497
Wild Boar 43,106 48,679 412,154 1,223,461 904,191 130,698 226,302 71,626 21,064 151,844
Caribou and reindeer 7,997 - - - 2,249 4,549 - 57 - 80
Rabbit 33,794 60,644 133,567 83,578 41,397 6,728 21,602 79,347 38,303 69,727
Total 599,468 558,045 1,161,793 2,116,773 2,107,991 987,486 818,614 466,757 377,594 868,292
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section

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