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 $15.2 B in 2009 to $18.9 B in 2013.
  • Jobs have changed, decreasing at the farm level and increasing in value-added processing level, remaining around 215,000.
  • Canadian dairy farms shipped 7.8 billion litres in 2013, up from 7.6 billion litres of milk in 2009.
  • In 2013, the Canadian dairy industry contributed $3.6B in local, provincial and federal taxes.
  • Canadians spend less than 10% of disposable income on food, one of the lowest in the world (1.03% on dairy).

Regional Breakdown


Nova Scotia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmvDwCqekCU ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKsVE8-dugs

Quebec (French only):


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