Canadian Agriculture's Productivity and Trade

Canada well-positioned for future export growth

2016 has been tough on globalization and world trade.

Widespread political instability, post-Brexit fallout and new emerging global competitors have raised important questions about European trade flows - questions that matter to Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters. Yet despite global economic turmoil, 2016 remains positive for Canadian exporters.

Canadian Agriculture’s Productivity and Trade Report PDF (1.7 MB)assesses how Canada is performing in world agricultural trade. It suggests the production of a wide range of commodities and a combination of productivity and efficiency are key to maintaining Canada’s competitive position to supplying food to the world.

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Report highlights

For an even bigger picture of the impact of producitivity and trade in Canadian agriculture check out our report infographic.

Canada was the world’s 5th largest agriculture exporter in 2015

Exports are vital to Canadian agriculture. With a small population and a large land base, we need to export the food we can’t consume.

Canola: A Canadian productivity success story

Canada has increased canola production more than 3,500% since 1965.

Diversity, technology and innovation critical

Canada produces more food with fewer inputs than ever before.

A healthy balance

It will take a combination of productivity and efficiency to keep Canadian agriculture competitive.

What you can do

A strong export market matters to Canadian farmers. You can benefit from export opportunities by:

  • Being more efficient through technological and business innovation (decrease costs)
  • Investing in your farm business to be more productive (increase output)
  • Producing the commodities that importers want
  • Providing the quality and traceability that importers require

Canadian agriculture is a trading powerhouse

Canada was ranked as the world’s fifth largest agriculture trader in 2015. That standing will help as the global economic and trade landscapes change.

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