Canadian Pork

Variety and versatility

Canada is the world's third-largest pork exporter, sending more than $2.6 billion worth of pork products to more than 100 countries around the globe every year. However, the Canadian pork industry is not just about quantity, quality is our hallmark—with Canadian pork, there's no compromise when it comes to taste, safety, hygiene and reliability.

What could be more tempting than the aroma of crisp, sizzling bacon for breakfast? Or more delectable for a dinner treat than roast pork tenderloin accented with fresh rosemary? Or tastier than pork kebabs grilled over an open fire with onions, tomatoes and peppers? These mouth-watering dishes taste even better when premium Canadian pork is used.

Quality without compromise

Behind this innovative and successful industry are two of Canada's most valuable resources: our people and our natural bounty. Few businesses are as complex as the modern pork industry, and ours has the expert producers, highly trained workers and innovative researchers who make sure our products meet the highest standards in the world.

Just as important, Canada is dedicated to protecting its natural landscape and to preserving the quality of its soils and water, and our country's vast open spaces provide a clean, healthy environment for our thriving hog industry. Canada's climate is also well suited for pork production; our frigid winter temperatures are inhospitable to hog diseases, and our moderate summers favour improved sow health and productivity.

Service and safety

For customer service, Canada's pork industry is also second to none; our expertise with pork production means we can provide our buyers with the quality products they want, when they want them. Our Canadian Pork Story, Canada Pork Buyer's Guide and our Export Cut Charts are examples of some of the materials we provide to and have translated for our international customers to help them make purchasing decisions.

The Canadian pork industry maintains extremely high standards for the health, care and feeding of its livestock and for its pork processing and distribution systems to meet the stringent food safety standards in the marketplace. The Canadian Quality Assurance® (CQA) program ensures producers play their part in maintaining the safety of the food chain, while the Government of Canada's Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) rigorously enforces compliance with safety and health regulations.

Taste the Canadian difference

Canadian pork really is different—it's tender and delicious, and can make the perfect centrepiece for any meal. For further information on Canada's pork industry, please visit:

Government websites

Industry websites


Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

HS Codes

  • 0203 - Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen
  • 020630 - Swine edible offal, fresh or chilled
  • 020641 - Swine livers, edible offal, frozen
  • 020649 - Swine edible offal, frozen nes
  • 021011 - Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, of swine bone in, cured
  • 021012 - Bellies, streaky and cuts thereof, swine cured
  • 021019 - Swine meat cured, nes
  • 160241 - Hams and cuts thereof of swine prepared or preserved
  • 160242 - Shoulders and cuts thereof of swine prepared or preserved
  • 160249 - Swine meat & meat offal nes/exc livers/ incl mixtures, prepared or preserved
Canada's Exports to All Countries ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 2,286,141,078 2,592,422,566 2,462,497,384 2,654,926,586 16.1%
0203 1,920,044,937 2,182,115,337 2,078,317,613 2,290,281,831 19.3%
020649 135,140,595 179,467,410 165,529,144 154,950,745 14.7%
021012 76,057,167 70,524,748 68,457,199 71,212,211 -6.4%
160241 62,716,865 56,933,298 51,725,554 46,694,397 -25.5%
021019 42,948,077 40,390,918 39,105,467 33,579,465 -21.8%
020630 5,404,086 11,509,005 14,544,804 16,820,406 211.3%
160249 17,987,323 21,623,854 20,919,114 16,500,690 -8.3%
021011 10,058,662 12,905,453 11,535,523 12,153,932 20.8%
020641 5,373,604 6,026,808 4,398,775 6,976,451 29.8%
160242 10,409,762 10,925,735 7,964,191 5,756,458 -44.7%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 921,705,729 1,016,623,502 998,970,665 1,031,150,576 11.9%
0203 737,708,419 812,145,522 811,057,465 843,265,226 14.3%
020649 111,800,886 124,770,965 111,284,297 110,558,093 -1.1%
020630 7,283,342 15,936,139 18,577,421 19,304,123 165.0%
021012 19,495,916 20,254,440 19,267,941 17,928,714 -8.0%
160241 14,793,838 12,937,776 11,967,505 10,955,369 -25.9%
021019 11,890,141 11,231,095 11,329,547 10,262,992 -13.7%
020641 8,285,133 7,968,718 5,610,311 10,148,672 22.5%
021011 4,292,213 5,347,925 4,445,361 4,377,585 2.0%
160249 3,098,531 2,777,642 2,850,872 2,330,809 -24.8%
160242 3,057,310 3,253,280 2,579,945 2,018,993 -34.0%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 0203, 020630, 020641, 020649, 021011, 021012, 021019, 160241, 160242, 160249, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 189,008,581 167,327,753 214,402,938 191,526,412
Feb 201,807,505 189,573,921 214,864,480 200,020,371
Mar 228,267,107 192,430,430 246,814,411 238,318,346
Apr 196,979,119 187,402,359 222,696,167 203,710,582
May 199,382,220 193,846,909 195,097,246 229,079,679
Jun 189,957,289 200,319,228 194,891,995 236,564,091
Jul 186,227,868 238,451,287 193,885,479 207,763,537
Aug 193,004,932 240,426,667 179,093,403 210,519,625
Sep 180,603,544 247,286,000 197,418,534 245,014,674
Oct 176,540,709 267,481,005 193,854,853 239,285,003
Nov 183,090,693 255,155,716 215,982,299 238,043,399
Dec 161,271,511 212,721,291 193,495,579 215,080,867
TOTAL 2,286,141,078 2,592,422,566 2,462,497,384 2,654,926,586
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 0203, 020630, 020641, 020649, 021011, 021012, 021019, 160241, 160242, 160249, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 346,640,612 343,347,650 361,747,445 391,876,803
British Columbia 58,694,470 107,277,783 128,101,515 56,924,891
Manitoba 383,805,356 370,850,225 389,496,145 451,551,879
New Brunswick 721,943 216,628 1,019,984 630,636
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 2,852 234 39,205
Nova Scotia 2,453,362 3,141,279 1,953,572 867,034
Nunavut 0 5,345 35,000 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 132
Ontario 482,383,972 571,443,849 548,126,887 637,420,209
Prince Edward Island 6,935,368 1,371,290 60,436 81,598
Québec 952,421,194 1,152,668,210 995,971,437 1,086,720,746
Saskatchewan 51,995,235 42,097,455 35,984,677 28,813,453
Yukon 89,566 0 52 0
Canada's Top 10 Pork Markets
(HS Codes 0203, 020630, 020641, 020649, 021011, 021012, 021019, 160241, 160242, 160249, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 2,286,141,078 2,592,422,566 2,462,497,384 2,654,926,586 16.1%
United States 888,433,308 794,907,674 793,763,839 917,778,845 3.3%
Japan 728,074,007 815,467,158 824,859,007 823,005,600 13.0%
Russia 132,136,766 266,526,990 91,028,277 180,258,558 36.4%
Australia 135,593,611 115,237,147 138,313,280 117,365,948 -13.4%
South Korea 126,828,481 138,174,005 125,423,229 97,050,229 -23.5%
Mexico 57,811,959 50,053,901 49,531,673 92,203,766 59.5%
Hong Kong 26,095,295 120,435,424 116,003,845 81,940,665 214.0%
Philippines 17,199,919 41,466,345 49,813,395 60,147,257 249.7%
China 47,596,618 43,532,433 31,288,611 57,049,914 19.9%
Taiwan 17,426,462 37,689,064 61,392,732 54,254,633 211.3%