It’s finally here, Chicken Farmers of Canada’s 2016 Annual Report! We are proud to show you all we have accomplished in 2016.

Did you know?Chicken Farmers of Canada has two primary mandates. Our main responsibility is to ensure that our 2,800 farmers produce the right amount of fresh, safe, high-quality chicken to meet Canada’s needs. To do so, farmers, processors, further processors and members of the restaurant trade from across the country meet every eight weeks to decide, based on market demand, just how much chicken to raise. This evolving risk management system we operate under is commonly known as “supply management”. As part of the system, Chicken Farmers of Canada also monitors compliance with provincial quota allocations – making sure each province raises as much chicken as they agreed to – and the inter-provincial or market development trade of chicken.

Our second responsibility is to represent the interests of chicken farmers and the Canadian chicken industry. Chicken Farmers of Canada plays a key role in developing, partnering or managing programs for Canada’s chicken farmers that prove they continue to grow the fresh, high-quality chicken that Canadians trust. Through programs such as On-Farm Food Safety Assurance, Animal Care, and other biosecurity initiatives, Chicken Farmers of Canada works closely with government partners and industry stakeholders to keep the industry innovative and responsive.

Some fun facts!

  • Chicken remains the most competitive meat in Canada, having both a greater market share and per capita consumption level than beef and pork.
  • The strong consumption and demand for chicken can be linked to the relatively low retail cost of chicken, which on average cost consumers $7.49 per kilogram in 2016. This was down from 2015, where chicken sold at $7.61 per kilogram.
  • During 2016, the average live price paid to farmers was $1.561 per kg, which marks a 1.6 cent decline from 2015.
  • The majority of imports came from the United States, which shipped a total of about $141 million worth of chicken products. Imports from Brazil totalled $45.2 million with Thailand trailing closely behind with $32.9 million.
  • The chicken sector:
    • Sustains 87,200 jobs
    • Contributes $6.8 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product
    • Pays $2.2 billion in taxes
    • Purchases 2.6 million tons of feed, supporting other farmers in turn.

Canadians want Canadian chicken, so we deliver them fresh, locally-raised food, just the way they like it. People 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; our farmers and their families are no different. So when we say that the Canadian chicken industry is good for Canadians, it’s because we know that we’re raising our chickens to the highest standards: yours.