Our Economic Contribution

The Canadian dairy sector is a dynamic and consistent contributor in every province; there’s reinvestment and spin-offs throughout the agri-food value chain and social fabric of Canada’s rural communities.

  • Dairy is one of the top two agricultural sectors in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces.
  • The sector's GDP contribution has increased from $18.9 billion in 2013 to $19, 9 billion in 2016
  • Jobs have changed, decreasing at the farm level and increasing in value-added processing level, remaining around 220,936.
  • Canadian dairy farms shipped 8.2 billion litres in 2015, up from 7.6 billion litres of milk in 2009.
  • In 2015, the Canadian dairy industry contributed $3.8B in local, provincial and federal taxes.
  • In 2015, Canadians spend less than 10% of disposable income on food, one of the lowest in the world (1.00% on dairy)
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