We're here for you: A message from Canadian Chicken Farmers regarding COVID-19

Good for Canada

A driving force in the Canadian economy from coast to coast, the Canadian chicken sector is a good choice for Canada.

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 2,877 chicken farmers and 185 processors generate employment, wealth, and help sustain agricultural communities in every province across the country. Specifically, the sector:

  • sustains 101,900 jobs
  • contributes $8 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product
  • pays $1.9 billion in taxes (instead of seeking taxpayer money through subsidies)
  • purchases 3 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.

Economic Contribution Infographic 2019-EN

Good for Canada, province by province:

British Columbia

  • 316 chicken farmers
  • 24 processors
  • 14,353 total jobs
  • $1.1 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $243 million in taxes

Alberta

  • 253 chicken farmers
  • 72 processors
  • 9,745 total jobs
  • $958 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $205 million in taxes

Saskatchewan

  • 649 chicken farmers
  • 3 processors
  • 4,914 total jobs
  • $471 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $94 million in taxes

Manitoba

  • 121 chicken farmers
  • 5 processors
  • 4,203 total jobs
  • $325 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $79 million in taxes

Ontario

  • 1,244 chicken farmers
  • 45 processors
  • 36,093 total jobs
  • $2.8 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $659 million in taxes

Quebec

  • 740 chicken farmers
  • 12 processors
  • 25,193 total jobs
  • $1.8 billion to Canada’s GDP
  • $529 million in taxes

Atlantic Provinces

  • 139 chicken farmers
  • 24 processors
  • 7,283 total jobs
  • $488 million to Canada’s GDP
  • $128 million in taxes