Dairy processors and employees in Canada

Overview of the dairy processors in Canada - 2022

Graph as described in the table below
Federally licensed dairy establishments
Year BC AB SK MB [2] ON QC NB [2] NS PE [2] NL Total
2022 34 21 1 11 98 87 2 10 8 3 275
2021 33 23 1 12 103 84 2 10 8 3 279
2020 [3] 34 23 2 13 102 95 5 8 6 2 290
2019 [3] 33 23 2 14 100 87 4 7 6 1 277
2018 [3] 35 24 4 13 104 92 5 7 7 2 293
2017 [3] 33 23 2 13 101 89 4 7 6 1 279
2016 [3] 32 23 2 11 96 87 4 7 6 2 270
2015 [3] 33 22 1 11 96 87 5 8 6 2 271
2014 [3] 33 22 1 11 97 87 6 8 6 2 273
2013 [3] 32 23 1 14 96 90 6 8 6 2 278
 
Provincially licensed dairy establishments
Year BC AB [1] SK MB [2] ON QC NB [2] NS PE [2] NL Total
2022 23 7 3 3 50 129 4 9 2 2 232
2021 20 10 3 4 42 112 3 4 2 2 202
2020 [3] 25 11 3 4 60 106 3 7 4 1 224
2019 [3] 25 11 2 4 50 104 3 6 4 1 210
2018 [3] 30 11 2 4 60 109 3 6 4 1 230
2017 [3] 21 8 1 4 50 101 3 3 6 2 199
2016 [3] 28 8 1 2 43 106 4 3 5 1 201
2015 [3] 28 8 - 2 44 106 4 6 3 1 202
2014 [3] 26 7 - 1 44 105 4 7 3 1 198
2013 [3] 25 9 - 1 44 103 4 9 2 1 198
- Nil
[1] Alberta provincial dairy license processors only include establishments that receive raw milk.
[2] Manitoba, New-Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are the only provinces that don't require a provincial license if they have a federal license.
[3] Due to a methodology change, numbers of the years 2020 and prior aren’t comparable with subsequent years.
Source: Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) and provincial governments
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal industry division, Market information section

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Employment in the dairy processing sector
Number of employees by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and type of employee, last 5 years.

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