A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2019)

Number of Turkey Farmers 522
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 165.0
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2019 382.6
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 22.4
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 2.9
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 8
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 17
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed August 2020

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2019)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 144.3 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2019.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2019 was 3.8 kg.
  • An estimated 51.3 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2019 (excluding deli).
  • Of that 51.3 Mkg, 40.0 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2019, Canadian households consumed a total of 6.3 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 8.8 Mkg in 1993, to 11.3 Mkg in 2019 (excluding deli).

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2019, 2.5 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 39% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2019, 2.7 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 42% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

 

Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2019 e-Book

A statistical history of the Canadian turkey industry, with select information on competing meats and international markets.

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