A snapshot of the turkey industry in Canada (2020)

Number of Turkey Farmers 521
Total Turkey Production – All Categories (million kg) 157.8
Total Farmgate Value (million $) – 2020 366.6
Total Turkey Meat Exports (million kg) 24.9
Total Turkey Meat Imports (million kg) 3.1
Number of Commercial Turkey Hatcheries 7
Number of Federally Inspected Turkey Processing Plants 17
Turkey Farmers of Canada; Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Statistics Canada Reviewed August 2021

Annual and seasonal consumption statistics (2020)

Annual:

  • Canadians consumed 143.8 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2020.
  • Per capita turkey consumption in 2020 was 3.8 kg.
  • An estimated 55.3 Mkg of turkey and turkey products were purchased at retail by Canadians in 2020 (excluding deli).
  • Of that 55.3 Mkg, 43.6 Mkg of whole turkeys were purchased.
  • In 2020, Canadian households consumed a total of 7.0 million whole turkeys.
  • Annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canadian supermarkets increased from 9.8 Mkg in 2016, to 11.6 Mkg in 2020 (excluding deli).

Thanksgiving:

  • At Thanksgiving 2020, 2.5 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 36% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

Christmas:

  • At Christmas 2020, 2.9 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians, equal to 41% of all whole turkeys that were sold over the year.

 

Canadian Turkey Stats 1974-2020 e-Book

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

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