Fruit production in Canada

fruit behind map of Canada

High quality fresh fruit is something that Canadians are lucky to have in abundance, not only on the shelves of our grocery stores, but often in our backyards. Canadian fruit producers grow and distribute a huge array of fresh fruit across Canada and around the world.

Fruit production in Canada is increasing overall in terms of cultivated area exports and farm gate value, showing the Canadian fruit production industry is alive and well.

Canadian Fruit Statistics:

  • Number of fruit farms: 7,845
  • Farm gate value (x $1,000): 1,033,786
  • Top 3 commodities by cultivated area (hectors): Blueberries*: 79,515; Apples: 17,377; Grapes**: 12,480
  • Top 3 provinces fruit farm cultivated area (hectares): Quebec: 41,636; BC: 24,147; Nova Scotia: 19,567
  • Top 3 commodities by farm gate value (x $1,000): Blueberries: 261,532; Apples: 222,525; Grapes: 151,093
  • Top 3 provinces fruit farm gate value (x $1,000): BC: 329,070; Ontario: 205,868; Quebec: 180,621
  • Total marketed production (metric tonnes): 955,616
  • Fresh fruit export (x $1,000): 1,283,876
  • Fresh fruit import (x $1,000): 10,121,897
  • Top 3 fresh fruit by export value (x $1,000): Blueberries: 422,441; Cranberries: 88,469; Cherries: 82,841
  • Top 3 export destinations (x $1,000): U.S.: 508,881; Japan: 37,941; Germany: 37,941

 

All data from  the Statistical Overview of the Canadian Fruit Industry – 2016

* high-bush and low bush

** table and wine

^ hectares = 2.47 acres

Green indicates an increase from the previous reporting period

Red indicates a decrease from the previous reporting period

 

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