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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