Fast Facts

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Canada’s Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is a key economic driver to the Canadian economy and the leading manufacturing sector employer.

  • 280,000+ Canadians employed
  • Exports to over 190+ countries
  • 7,800+ businesses with the majority considered small to medium-sized (less than 100 employed)
  • Approximately 70 per cent of goods sold to Canadians through grocery stores and restaurants
  • Accounts for almost 1 in 5 of all manufacturing jobs, making it Canada’s largest manufacturing sector
  • Achieved $117.8 billion in sales of manufactured goods in 2019

11 Subsectors of Canada’s Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

  • Animal Food Manufacturing
  • Grain and Oilseed Milling
  • Sugar and Confectionary Product Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing
  • Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Other Food Manufacturing
  • Beverage Manufacturing
  • Cannabis Product Manufacturing

Canadian Food and Beverage Manufacturing Businesses by Sector

Total Food and Beverage Employers per Province

  • Meat Product Manufacturing was the sub-sector with the largest workforce in 2020, employing 65,113 people, followed by Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing (46,691), Beverage Manufacturing (42,094) and Other Food Manufacturing (35,543).
  • The highest concentration of businesses is in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.
  • Cannabis product manufacturing is the most recent sector addition to the food and beverage industry with the legalization of cannabis edibles occurring in 2019.