When it comes to farm animals, chickens aren’t very big, but their impact on the Canadian economy is. 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.

A driving force in the Canadian economy, the chicken sector’s 2,803 chicken farmers and 191 processors generate employment, wealth, and help sustain agricultural communities in every province across the country. Specifically, the sector:

  • sustains 87,200 jobs
  • contributes $6.8 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product
  • pays $2.2 billion in taxes (instead of seeking taxpayer money through subsidies)
  • purchases 2.6 million tons of feed, supporting other farmers in turn

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 sector helps generate a variety jobs in not only farming and processing, but in transportation, retail, restaurants, and more as well.

In sum, we are part of Canada’s economic solution, and do so without subsidies, and are very proud of both.

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Economic Contribution of Canada's Chicken Sector

British Columbia

  • 328 chicken farmers
  • 33 processors
  • 12,625 total jobs
  • $979 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $319 million in taxes

Alberta

  • 242 chicken farmers
  • 71 processors
  • 8,031 total jobs
  • $623 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $203 million in taxes

Saskatchewan

  • 69 chicken farmers
  • 3 processors
  • 3,326 total jobs
  • $258 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $84 million in taxes

Manitoba

  • 119 chicken farmers
  • 5 processors
  • 3,680 total jobs
  • $285 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $93 million in taxes

Ontario

  • 1,155 chicken farmers
  • 42 processors
  • 28,849 total jobs
  • $2.2 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $728 million in taxes

Quebec

  • 753 chicken farmers
  • 18 processors
  • 23,927 total jobs
  • $1.9 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $604 million in taxes

Atlantic Provinces

  • 137 chicken farmers
  • 19 processors
  • 6,762 total jobs
  • $524 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $171 million in taxes

Canada

  • 2,803 farmers
  • 191 processors
  • 87,200 total jobs
  • $6.8 billion to Canada's GDP
  • $2.2 billion in taxes

Source: Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting Inc., The 2015 Economic Impact of the Poultry and Egg Industries in Canada, October 2016

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Provinces

Good for Canada, province by province:

British Columbia

  • 328 chicken farmers
  • 33 processors
  • 12,625 total jobs
  • $979 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $319 million in taxes

Alberta

  • 242 chicken farmers
  • 71 processors
  • 8,031 total jobs
  • $623 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $203 million in taxes

Saskatchewan

  • 69 chicken farmers
  • 3 processors
  • 3,326 total jobs
  • $258 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $84 million in taxes

Manitoba

  • 119 chicken farmers
  • 5 processors
  • 3,680 total jobs
  • $285 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $93 million in taxes

Ontario

  • 1,155 chicken farmers
  • 42 processors
  • 28,849 total jobs
  • $2.2 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $728 million in taxes

Quebec

  • 753 chicken farmers
  • 18 processors
  • 23,927 total jobs
  • $1.9 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $604 million in taxes

Atlantic Provinces

  • 137 chicken farmers
  • 19 processors
  • 6,762 total jobs
  • $524 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $171 million in taxes