Canada's poultry and egg industry profile

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... at a glance

  • In 2022, Canada produced poultry and egg products worth $6.3 billion, contributing 6.6% of cash receipts to farming operations.
  • In 2022, there were 2,826 regulated chicken producers and 513 registered turkey producers, 235 broiler hatching egg producers and 1,218 egg producers in Canada. In addition to the 4,792 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, there were a large number of businesses associated with these production activities.
  • In 2022, Canada's commercial chicken and turkey meat production totaled 1.49 billion kilograms (eviscerated weight).
  • In 2022, Canada produced 1.34 billion kilograms of chicken, 61% of which was produced in Quebec and Ontario.
  • Supplying egg and poultry producers in 2022 were hatcheries along with numerous feed manufacturers, feed supplement suppliers and drug suppliers. In addition, many processors, further processors, egg grading and egg processing establishments in Canada depend on the poultry industries for a portion of their business.
  • While chicken meat and meat products constitute most of our poultry and egg trade, Canada also exports breeding stock, hatching eggs and live birds, turkey, ducks, geese, other poultry meat and meat products, and eggs in shell or processed from multiple species.
  • In 2022, Canada exported over 12.8 million chicks and poults, worth $49.6 million to 25 countries. The United States was the large market, representing 80% of our exports in Canadian dollars. Other countries included Philippines, China, Guatemala, South Africa, and South Korea.
  • In 2022, Canada exported over 38.8 million hatching eggs of different species, worth over 77.4 million dollars, to 20 countries. The United States was the largest market with 69% of our value exported heading south of the border, while other primary countries included Russia, Brazil and Chile.
  • In 2022, Canada exported over 5.4 million kilograms of processed eggs worth 23 million dollars and over 24.2 million shell eggs worth over 3.6 million dollars.



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