Canadian Fruit

Northern comforts

For many people, the idea of Canada conjures up visions of snow-laden pines, frozen lakes and sharp winter winds. It can be hard to believe that in summer and fall, parts of this northern country are transformed into gardens overflowing with sweet harvests - strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, apples, cherries, raspberries and many other fruits. They're wonderful eating in themselves, but they're also the magic ingredients for hundreds of mouth-watering pastries and confections, from apple pies to strawberry crêpes.

Sweet success

Canada's fruit industry has adapted well to our cold climate and short growing seasons. Southern Ontario and southwest British Columbia produce much of our fruit, since they enjoy about 180 frost-free days every year. Fruit is also grown in quantity in parts of Quebec and the Maritimes, even though the frost-free season there is closer to 120 days annually.

British Columbia grows the most grapes, blueberries and cranberries, while Ontario is the largest apple producer. Apples used to be Canada's most valuable harvest, but our wild and domestic blueberry crop has vaulted into the lead. Canada, in fact, is the world's largest producer of wild blueberries, which have a special appeal for today's health-conscious consumers because they are rich in antioxidants and need almost no pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

Quality and care

Canada is a global leader in growing, storing and processing fruits in innovative and environmentally responsible ways. And, since our climate is cold and our growing season brief, Canadian scientists are committed to breeding new fruit varieties to improve hardiness and increase yields.

Our fruits are also grown in clean, healthy conditions. Winter's cold temperatures means our pesticide use can be significantly lower than it is in many other countries. Canadian producers also monitor pest populations to ensure that they apply the minimum required amounts of pesticides at the times when they will be most effective.

In addition, Canadian fruit growers are developing integrated fruit production (IFP) guidelines for their operations. IFP was developed in conjunction with international guidelines such as EUREPGAP in Europe, and encourages the production of high-quality fruit using ecologically sound methods and a minimum of agricultural chemicals.

Taste the Canadian difference

Want to bite into a crisp, sweet Canadian apple? Or feast on fresh Canadian strawberries or blueberries? The Canadian fruit industry has all this to offer and much more. For further information, 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

  • 0803 - Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried
  • 0804 - Dates, figs, pineapples, avocadoes, guavas, mangoes & mangosteens, fresh or dried
  • 0805 - Citrus fruit, fresh or dried
  • 0806 - Grapes, fresh or dried
  • 0807 - Melons (including watermelons) & papaws (papayas), fresh
  • 0808 - Apples, pears and quinces, fresh
  • 0809 - Apricots, cherries, peaches, (incl nectarines), plums & sloes, fresh
  • 0810 - Fruits nes, fresh
  • 0811 - Fruits & nuts, uncook or cooked by water, frozen, w/n sweetened
  • 0812 - Fruits & nuts provisionally preserved but unfit for immediate consumption
  • 0813 - Fruit, dried other than that of heading numbers 08.01 to 08.06 mixture of nuts or dried fruits of this chapter
  • 0814 - Peel of citrus fruit of melons (water- melons) fresh, frz, dried or provisionally preserved
Canada's Exports to All Countries ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 474,354,101 477,710,986 404,891,604 394,346,472 -16.9%
0811 302,161,201 284,602,115 213,552,316 213,923,719 -29.2%
0810 107,654,252 133,913,643 133,181,063 117,408,491 9.1%
0809 21,676,189 17,220,712 27,904,130 30,517,831 40.8%
0808 35,952,538 36,685,305 24,097,822 24,720,970 -31.2%
0807 2,286,682 1,280,025 1,180,557 3,596,004 57.3%
0813 2,216,270 1,939,362 2,952,700 2,663,361 20.2%
0806 2,097,574 1,823,084 1,763,468 1,343,684 -35.9%
0805 4,150 64,622 60,008 55,193 1,230.0%
0804 245,060 129,392 123,033 36,967 -84.9%
0812 59,779 43,726 54,392 32,133 -46.2%
0803 0 8,307 21,927 25,860 -
Canada's Exports to All Countries (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Total 190,062,766 189,107,872 173,683,763 182,333,153 -4.1%
0811 77,510,659 78,131,963 73,696,034 88,851,446 14.6%
0810 60,843,373 59,684,640 62,403,563 56,101,480 -7.8%
0808 38,926,618 42,700,919 25,565,150 26,118,365 -32.9%
0809 5,209,875 3,856,321 6,178,166 5,815,257 11.6%
0806 4,258,284 3,027,160 2,940,922 2,581,547 -39.4%
0807 2,592,765 1,145,502 2,086,837 2,141,016 -17.4%
0813 504,426 444,046 655,302 635,831 26.1%
0805 2,922 33,802 34,335 36,195 1,138.7%
0812 39,506 25,942 21,134 18,075 -54.2%
0803 0 4,883 12,336 16,945 -
0804 174,216 52,679 89,895 13,611 -92.2%
0814 122 15 89 3,385 2,674.6%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808, 0809, 0810, 0811, 0812, 0813, 0814, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 37,162,969 32,984,042 26,248,357 15,801,525
Feb 35,309,123 31,810,883 24,794,506 14,848,798
Mar 30,523,047 32,440,203 26,604,174 21,365,082
Apr 29,309,406 29,816,127 24,349,495 18,018,911
May 26,657,984 28,029,539 18,442,604 17,184,252
Jun 19,742,779 25,749,823 18,804,839 14,722,472
Jul 45,123,436 37,146,820 46,841,803 43,490,246
Aug 70,729,716 69,036,010 65,938,200 75,311,903
Sep 53,186,711 49,905,593 39,422,705 39,668,532
Oct 52,374,505 80,321,185 65,809,858 69,852,687
Nov 42,873,954 38,011,991 33,925,980 38,089,383
Dec 31,360,471 22,458,770 13,709,083 25,992,681
TOTAL 474,354,101 477,710,986 404,891,604 394,346,472
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808, 0809, 0810, 0811, 0812, 0813, 0814, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 3,818,725 3,859,215 2,535,997 1,745,024
British Columbia 215,677,657 215,495,589 205,878,900 202,321,032
Manitoba 98,771 110,205 0 2,284
New Brunswick 6,179,366 3,846,188 1,578,508 1,904,667
Newfoundland and Labrador 72 435,734 32,902 54,627
Nova Scotia 100,704,489 100,149,448 66,715,578 82,477,717
Ontario 20,490,390 18,278,118 13,482,131 18,034,072
Prince Edward Island 10,950,760 14,289,446 9,977,473 10,363,192
Québec 116,073,782 121,046,908 104,544,047 77,419,059
Saskatchewan 360,089 200,135 146,068 24,798
Canada's Top 10 Fruit Markets
(HS Codes 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808, 0809, 0810, 0811, 0812, 0813, 0814, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 474,354,101 477,710,986 404,891,604 394,346,472 -16.9%
United States 326,177,709 337,587,700 283,478,832 263,798,721 -19.1%
Germany 19,085,826 20,592,883 27,072,462 23,541,035 23.3%
Japan 35,242,513 30,618,397 20,085,866 23,427,780 -33.5%
Netherlands 9,203,075 16,999,955 10,038,876 13,539,410 47.1%
United Kingdom 24,195,446 23,383,192 13,490,974 10,198,398 -57.8%
China 14,924,299 10,428,061 7,943,084 9,757,082 -34.6%
Taiwan 5,140,771 3,067,858 9,220,298 8,507,814 65.5%
France 9,235,045 9,143,450 8,730,285 7,068,377 -23.5%
Australia 5,785,620 4,294,737 3,548,657 5,849,650 1.1%
Belgium 9,412,515 5,061,231 6,012,567 5,796,944 -38.4%