Greenhouse vegetable production in Canada

greenhouse tomatoes behind a map of Canada

Greenhouse fruit and vegetables accounted for $1.6 billion in farm cash receipts in 2019, an increase of 5.0% from 2018. Sales of greenhouse fruit and vegetables have increased for the sixth consecutive year. Canadian greenhouse vegetable exports rose 4% to reach over $1.0 billion in 2018, accounting for 42% of all fresh produce (fruit, greenhouse and field vegetables, potato) exports.

2020-06 CHC-Greenhouse Vegetable Sector Overview

Canadian Greenhouse Fruit and Vegetable Statistics

  • Number of fruit and vegetable greenhouse farms in Canada: 838
  • Harvested area (square meters): 17,548,499
  • Production volume (kilograms): 660,507,922
  • Total employees, annual: 12,492
  • Total employees, seasonal: 5,145
  • Exports – greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers ($ x 1,000): 1,001,911
  • Greenhouse vegetable export destinations ($ x 1,000): U.S.: 995,040; Japan: 5,841; Taiwan: 641; Hong Kong: 373
  • Top greenhouse farm gate value by province: Ontario: 65%; BC: 19%; Quebec: 9.3%; Alberta: 5.4%
  • Farm gate value ($ x 1,000): 1,580,837
  • Top farm gate value by commodity ($ x 1,000): Tomato: 588,518; Cucumbers: 485,815; Peppers: 441,679; Lettuce: 35,396; Eggplants: 10,560; Fresh fine herbs: 10,348

Legend

  • Green indicates an increase from the previous reporting period.
  • Red indicates a decrease from the previous reporting period.

All data from the Statistical Overview of the Canadian Greenhouse Vegetable Industry, 2018 and The Daily, Greenhouse, sod and nursery industries, 2019