Canadian Pulses

Sowing the Seeds of Healthy Food Choices

Canadian pulses—peas, lentils, beans, and chick peas—are reaping the rewards of a solid international reputation, and it's no wonder. Canada is a world leader in pulse production and in sales—Number 1 when it comes to lentils and peas—and the crop is now exported to 150 countries worldwide.

Pulses are a member of the legume family. They are high in protein, fibre and complex carbohydrates and low in fat and sodium. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Affordable and healthy, Canadian pulses have been a traditional staple of many diets around the world and are now gaining ground as ingredients in a variety of food products.

Quality and variety

Canada's clean, natural landscape and crisp, cold climate are ideal for producing top quality pulses at low cost. Pulses take less energy to grow, produce fewer greenhouse gases and the change of seasons gives them natural protection against insects and disease. As a protein source, pulses have one of the lowest overall impacts on the environment. Pulse crops add much-needed diversity to crop rotations and help protect and improve soil and water resources.

Seeded area in Canada has exploded since 1985, with annual production nearly 5 million tonnes. International demand is the main driver for this growth.

Care and commitment

Canada's pulse industry cares about product quality and customer service. Producers are fully committed to meeting high international standards. In fact, Canada is leading efforts to establish protocols, terminology and evaluation methods for the worldwide pulse industry, in order to best meet customers' needs.

Within Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission, a government body, sets grading standards for pulse crops. The Commission may establish grades with its specifications and set out methods to determine the characteristics of the grain in order to meet buyers' quality requirements. Canada is also pursuing policies that will allow pulse producers to better meet their business demands while remaining market-oriented and globally competitive. These policies capitalize on Canada's strengths in integrating food safety, innovation and environmental responsibility.

Leading innovation

From the farm to the fork, Canada's pulse industry is innovative and forward-thinking. Ongoing research and careful crop management have garnered international praise for the industry's scientific expertise. Canada continues to lead the way in meeting consumer needs and tastes worldwide with its willingness and ability to develop and produce new varieties of beans, peas, lentils and chick peas.

Taste the Canadian difference

Canadian pulses are poised to meet the needs of today's health-and quality-conscious consumers around the globe. Further information on Canadian pulses, suppliers and market information is available at:

Government websites

Industry websites

Online requests for pulse pricing can be sent to the Canadian Special Crops Association at www.specialcrops.mb.ca. Requests are automatically sent out to all Canadian members.


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
  • 071310 - Peas dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071320 - Chickpeas, dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071331 - Urd,mung,black or green gram beans dried shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071332 - Beans, small red (Adzuki) dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071333 - Kidney beans and white pea beans dried shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071339 - Beans dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split, nes
  • 071340 - Lentils dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071350 - Broad beans & horse beans dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • 071390 - Leguminous vegetables dried, shelled, whether or not skinned or split, nes
Canada's Exports to All Countries ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 1,390,090,618 1,948,079,510 2,181,554,998 2,104,561,719 51.4%
071340 479,488,631 849,263,801 1,044,863,614 1,008,705,463 110.4%
071310 626,851,355 778,692,620 817,354,624 791,184,878 26.2%
071333 102,590,065 126,881,881 124,464,381 123,739,019 20.6%
071339 107,278,203 130,291,429 123,860,036 104,534,276 -2.6%
071320 57,228,359 46,926,856 55,645,099 60,955,745 6.5%
071332 11,179,311 11,257,190 12,249,518 13,235,676 18.4%
071350 1,195,475 1,102,341 1,869,656 999,087 -16.4%
071390 636,824 916,901 1,078,840 621,925 -2.3%
071331 3,642,395 2,746,491 169,230 585,650 -83.9%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 3,504,278,568 3,126,947,340 4,170,599,389 4,298,588,171 22.7%
071310 2,188,002,554 1,916,752,065 2,596,444,297 2,786,915,766 27.4%
071340 921,622,995 857,329,345 1,240,422,995 1,182,269,507 28.3%
071333 154,879,982 141,415,932 116,211,544 122,882,540 -20.7%
071339 146,598,659 137,722,702 129,089,268 118,766,379 -19.0%
071320 70,113,853 56,914,319 71,726,051 72,657,435 3.6%
071332 14,959,096 10,100,368 9,895,296 11,453,998 -23.4%
071350 2,687,622 1,749,614 4,713,861 1,872,111 -30.3%
071331 4,304,484 3,524,105 240,256 909,520 -78.9%
071390 1,109,323 1,438,890 1,855,821 860,915 -22.4%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 071310, 071320, 071331, 071332, 071333, 071339, 071340, 071350, 071390, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 92,422,677 143,536,177 157,229,687 199,817,034
Feb 79,566,242 130,571,990 165,500,519 217,904,985
Mar 87,057,490 118,853,327 238,315,249 208,933,860
Apr 125,384,468 131,263,260 194,376,406 141,460,333
May 115,149,766 146,569,395 182,306,708 164,095,831
Jun 87,403,840 107,886,133 171,245,678 103,563,261
Jul 78,757,200 99,137,747 111,843,790 124,774,406
Aug 112,182,554 110,950,398 83,935,519 116,198,966
Sep 146,701,548 305,812,097 160,569,313 191,850,968
Oct 154,940,366 285,437,490 241,438,102 227,413,339
Nov 190,802,989 185,347,250 258,728,565 207,732,502
Dec 119,721,478 182,714,246 216,065,462 200,816,234
TOTAL 1,390,090,618 1,948,079,510 2,181,554,998 2,104,561,719
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 071310, 071320, 071331, 071332, 071333, 071339, 071340, 071350, 071390, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 60,033,909 41,271,036 38,464,957 50,853,935
British Columbia 935,322 81,548 2,128,892 4,461,195
Manitoba 111,182,360 123,578,286 106,169,292 121,225,289
New Brunswick 94,788 7,415 0 0
Nova Scotia 29,030 10,498 134,953 81,729
Ontario 109,851,841 123,661,947 134,780,827 132,378,283
Prince Edward Island 0 11,393 0 0
Québec 17,026,492 32,969,570 32,467,152 25,552,516
Saskatchewan 1,090,936,876 1,626,487,817 1,867,408,925 1,770,008,772
Canada's Top 10 Pulse Markets
(HS Codes 071310, 071320, 071331, 071332, 071333, 071339, 071340, 071350, 071390, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 1,390,090,618 1,948,079,510 2,181,554,998 2,104,561,719 51.4%
India 370,951,255 422,818,950 532,654,005 415,456,428 12.0%
Turkey 18,103,908 221,406,702 135,490,847 184,571,271 919.5%
China 77,570,919 70,902,078 106,547,398 172,026,220 121.8%
Bangladesh 88,968,344 53,683,397 242,894,219 157,942,596 77.5%
United Arab Emirates 44,966,124 72,718,693 118,295,937 85,006,307 89.0%
United Kingdom 50,771,968 76,087,958 75,425,364 80,690,076 58.9%
Algeria 37,654,106 60,711,067 54,178,111 79,391,897 110.8%
United States 88,037,936 116,112,045 118,857,533 75,701,669 -14.0%
Colombia 49,684,990 63,600,334 62,635,920 73,479,939 47.9%
Pakistan 30,113,707 34,874,877 73,408,523 64,946,317 115.7%