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The Economics of Chicken

Aline Porrior

Canadians care deeply about their food, about knowing where it comes from and that what they’re serving to their family and friends is of the highest quality.  They have told us that they want fresh, high-quality, Canadian food from farmers that are committed to animal care, and Canada’s chicken farmers are proud to deliver.

With chicken being raised year-round from coast to coast, in every province, Canadians are assured a steady supply of chicken. Not only is that, but the chicken industry has a large impact on the Canadian economy. With Canada’s chicken industry benefiting both urban and rural economies from coast to coast, it’s easy to see how chicken is a good choice for Canada and a good choice for Canadians.

Here are some fun facts about Chicken Farmers and the #1 consumed meat in Canada, chicken:

  • A driving force in the Canadian economy, the chicken industry’s 2,700 chicken farmers and 145 processors generate employment, wealth, and help sustain agricultural communities in every province across the country. Specifically, the industry:
    • Sustains 78,200 jobs,
    • Contributes $5.8 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product, and;
    • Pays $1.9 billion in taxes (instead of seeking taxpayer money through subsidies).
  • Canada’s chicken farmers are a stabilizing force in rural Canada, where they can – and do – reinvest with confidence in their communities, but their impact is much wider. From farm to plate, the Canadian chicken industry helps generate a variety jobs in not only farming and processing, but in transportation, retail, restaurants, and more as well.
  • We here at CFC are very proud to be the first food to achieve full official government recognition – at the federal, provincial and territorial level – for our mandatory and auditable on-farm food safety assurance program.
  • The Canadian chicken industry works closely with its partners to ensure that stringent regulations related to the care and handling of our birds are met and followed. Chicken Farmers of Canada, in particular, demonstrates this high level of care with an auditable Animal Care Program, or ACP, and by participating in a national committee to further animal care programming in Canada.
  • Thanks to the stability provided by our supply management system, Canadians can count on a steady supply of fresh, high-quality Canadian chicken at reasonable prices. In fact, Canadians only spend about 10% of their disposable income for all of their food. It’s important however to remember that chicken farmers don’t set retail or restaurant prices and that they only receive a small of fraction of those, about $1.58 per kg when the flock leaves the farm; that’s usually less than the tip a server might receive.
  • Though we work hard to ensure people across the country have access to a steady supply of chicken, we recognize that unfortunately not all Canadians can afford the shelter and food they need. Chicken Farmers of Canada tries to do its part by making regular donations – both in food and money – to food banks throughout Canada and also volunteers to collect and sort food. Over the past 7 years, Chicken Farmers of Canada has donated over $300,000 to food banks.

Chicken Farmers of Canada delivers fresh, Canadian food and with chicken being raised year-round from coast to coast, in every province, Canadians are assured a steady supply of chicken. Considering chicken is the #1 consumed meat in Canada, that’s no mean feat!

Next time you’re at your local grocery store, ask for chicken sold under the label “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” – this will guaranteed that you buy fresh, high quality, affordable chicken for you and your family.