Canadian Poultry and Fowl

Savour the Possibilities

A plump turkey with chestnut stuffing, roasted to perfection. Chicken and mushrooms simmered in red wine. Succulent Cornish hens in an orange glaze. No matter how it's prepared, Canadian poultry is a feast for the senses.

In Canada, roast turkey is traditional fare at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and roast chicken is often our first choice for other special occasions. But Canadian poultry isn't just for festivities - it's good all year round because it's so tasty and versatile. From chicken teriyaki to turkey vindaloo, there's nothing quite like it - and even better, it's healthy. Every delicious mouthful of Canadian turkey or chicken is low in fats and high in protein, and contains amino acids, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, zinc and many other essential nutrients.

Setting the world's table

Canada has almost 5,000 commercial poultry and egg producers, exporting a wide range of products to about 100 countries. Chicken, eggs and turkey dominate the industry, but we also raise and export ducks and geese, as well as game birds such as pheasant, partridge, guinea fowl, quail and squab.

We're also known for less traditional fowl, including ostriches, emus and rheas, which we raise for their extremely lean meat and for their hides, feather and oils. And, because different cultures and countries have different requirements for the food products they use, Canada's industry is equipped to provide halal-certified and kosher poultry, together with a wide range of organic products.

Quality and reliability

With Canadian poultry, there's no compromise when it comes to quality, hygiene and reliability. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) oversees the industry through its Food Safety Enhancement Program, ensuring that Canadian poultry is free from disease and that it retains its high quality from egg to supermarket.

As well, the four major poultry producers' organizations - the Chicken Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency, the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency and the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Marketing Agency - have on-farm safety programs and codes of practice that help ensure the reliability and safety of Canadian poultry products. Their work, together with that of the CFIA, means that consumer trust in Canadian poultry is extremely high - and with good reason!

Taste the Canadian difference

Whether it's a festival feast or an everyday meal, Canadian poultry makes a delectable dish for any table. For more information about Canada's poultry industry, please visit us at:

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.

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0207) - ($CAD)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading number 01.05 237,667,239 266,293,234 259,247,383 248,407,017 4.5%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0207) - (Quantity, KGM)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading number 01.05 155,937,019 165,864,266 160,043,399 158,502,594 1.6%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Code 0207, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 16,349,005 15,995,707 20,744,792 18,646,147
Feb 19,001,361 18,175,481 20,828,826 19,132,526
Mar 19,694,641 19,850,483 25,947,841 28,301,648
Apr 21,308,889 23,136,591 23,940,472 18,215,314
May 24,336,741 22,320,916 22,896,048 18,140,167
Jun 24,643,610 21,697,759 22,247,438 19,651,324
Jul 18,545,658 24,804,865 20,468,385 19,155,991
Aug 23,150,402 25,453,805 20,110,288 21,071,745
Sep 17,984,232 26,325,540 22,415,144 19,627,712
Oct 17,568,711 26,052,200 21,012,379 23,552,590
Nov 18,049,931 22,325,487 19,930,404 23,510,927
Dec 17,034,058 20,154,400 18,705,366 19,400,926
TOTAL 237,667,239 266,293,234 259,247,383 248,407,017
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Code 0207, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 4,989,048 5,804,446 5,114,994 6,318,152
British Columbia 30,587,829 40,352,653 30,416,938 30,001,602
Manitoba 3,010,069 3,034,555 3,329,365 2,625,831
New Brunswick 0 311 325 6,032
Newfoundland and Labrador 7,565 18,320 30,068 22,540
Nova Scotia 166,032 197,366 105,007 154,814
Nunavut 0 0 0 17,493
Ontario 77,967,041 80,024,498 81,009,559 88,124,314
Prince Edward Island 0 64,166 0 60,799
Québec 117,974,873 133,502,582 136,642,234 118,173,748
Yukon 0 0 40,339 0
Canada's Top 10 Poultry and Fowl Markets
(HS Code 0207, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 237,667,239 266,293,234 259,247,383 248,407,017 4.5%
United States 136,891,374 148,903,392 147,698,402 136,156,478 -0.5%
South Africa 15,651,365 6,913,984 13,023,830 21,061,187 34.6%
Philippines 15,154,817 22,608,381 18,726,801 18,553,972 22.4%
Hong Kong 15,674,123 15,477,851 16,088,869 18,233,142 16.3%
Taiwan 7,892,085 19,232,752 12,609,355 11,890,688 50.7%
Gabon 1,645,541 2,721,935 5,544,517 5,266,428 220.0%
Russia 5,940,427 6,042,417 2,221,563 5,071,473 -14.6%
Ghana 6,363,406 3,931,559 3,913,252 3,100,225 -51.3%
Equatorial Guinea 1,440,472 3,246,472 2,385,064 2,597,779 80.3%
Jamaica 2,139,377 1,858,719 2,539,940 2,591,961 21.2%