Canadian Canola

Prairie Gold

Each summer, the Canadian Prairies are carpeted as far as the eye can see with the yellow blooms of canola plants. Canadian plant scientists developed the crop in the 1960s and by the 1970s, farmers were busily planting it in Canada's fertile soil. Today, canola has become one of Canada's most valuable crops. The plants produce a rich harvest of canola seed in the autumn, which is then crushed to produce canola oil. Most Canadian canola comes from the Prairies, where a cool climate and fertile soils provide an ideal place for growing the crop. but canola is planted across the country and it is harvested in vast quantities. Today, Canadian farmers are producing record amounts of canola to meet the growing demand for this crop.

Canadian canola products are in high demand around the world because modern technology and exacting standards guarantee that they will meet the expectations of buyers everywhere. The United States is our largest importer of canola oil and meal and Japan is our largest importer of seed, where it is crushed for oil. Mexico and China also import Canadian seed and canola meal is shipped to Indonesia, South Korea and other Pacific Rim countries.

Healthy and nutritious

Canola oil is the cooking oil of choice for many consumers because it is so healthy. It has the least saturated fat of any culinary oil – half that of olive oil – and contains no trans fat or cholesterol. In fact, research shows that canola oil may help protect the heart when used in place of saturated fat.

Canola oil has other advantages, too. Its light texture and neutral flavour allow other ingredients to shine, such as in salad dressings, dips and marinades. Canola oil gives baked goods like cakes and breads a soft, moist texture, and its high smoke point makes it ideal for frying and sautéing. Canola oil is suited to all kinds of recipes and cuisines.

Beyond the kitchen

While canola oil is excellent for the kitchen, its uses go far beyond cooking, includingcosmetics, printing inks, suntan oils, oiled fabrics and lubricants. Canola oil is also used to make a renewable, clean-burning and biodegradable alternative to diesel fuel called biodiesel. The nutritious meal that remains after canola seed is crushed for oil makes a high-protein feed for livestock.

Quality and consistency

To make certain that Canada provides its customers with canola of the very highest quality, we rely on the work of the Government of Canada's world-renowned Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), which has been operating for nearly a century. The CGC defines grading standards for all Canadian oilseed crops and ensures that these standards are rigorously applied to the annual canola harvest. Every canola grade is also analyzed in the CGC's Grain Research Laboratory to verify that it has the processing qualities our customers desire. And to make certain that all Canadian canola-based products are safe, they're closely monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The results are products of excellent quality and consistency, which means our customers always know exactly how Canadian canola products will perform.

Taste the Canadian difference

Grown, harvested and processed to the highest standards, Canadian canola offers the best in quality and nutrition. For further information about our canola industry, please visit:

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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 - ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
1205 - Rape or colza seeds, whether or not broken 2,284,911,219 3,882,626,806 3,460,417,000 3,398,813,419 48.8%
1514 - Rape,colza or mustard oil & their fract, whether or not refinded but not chemically modified 1,123,624,505 1,868,672,526 1,543,569,312 2,187,952,309 94.7%

Canada's Exports to All Countries - (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
1205 - Rape or colza seeds, whether or not broken 5,401,622,115 6,667,947,970 7,639,653,496 7,470,558,336 38.3%
1514 - Rape,colza or mustard oil & their fract, whether or not refinded but not chemically modified 1,228,951,800 1,398,581,306 1,533,182,049 2,232,581,391 81.7%

Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 1205, 1514, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 319,997,947 429,232,596 359,591,280 352,556,049
Feb 224,715,844 433,348,170 410,542,032 366,357,992
Mar 285,364,493 562,714,820 480,696,077 515,604,967
Apr 249,027,218 484,526,371 534,093,632 414,854,680
May 293,915,731 465,662,815 423,265,389 412,460,084
Jun 272,283,566 410,013,383 544,259,138 421,698,283
Jul 298,585,150 413,539,485 405,717,005 473,493,901
Aug 279,063,553 490,788,059 325,897,345 423,756,395
Sep 318,868,659 481,652,789 301,819,030 404,058,235
Oct 285,402,631 613,830,341 482,795,371 613,130,613
Nov 290,913,039 590,298,983 446,804,966 597,844,513
Dec 290,397,893 375,691,520 288,505,047 590,950,016
TOTAL 3,408,535,724 5,751,299,332 5,003,986,312 5,586,765,728

Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 1205, 1514, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 1,398,920,595 1,980,191,586 1,765,381,442 1,752,191,416
British Columbia 6,398,905 27,379,139 39,286,468 220,491,895
Manitoba 751,502,252 1,334,794,176 1,040,212,610 1,016,932,380
New Brunswick 0 38,135 13,297 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 335
Nova Scotia 0 73,220 202 4,044
Nunavut 7,435 0 0 0
Ontario 149,891,951 271,408,970 173,527,650 108,364,673
Prince Edward Island 0 476,660 588,200 703,950
Québec 1,657,234 3,680,141 704,892 43,018,858
Saskatchewan 1,100,157,352 2,133,257,305 1,984,271,551 2,445,058,177

Canada's Top 10 Canola Markets
(HS Codes 1205, 1514, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 3,408,535,724 5,751,299,332 5,003,986,312 5,586,765,728 63.9%
China 577,939,022 1,051,536,497 1,805,868,964 1,643,026,053 184.3%
United States 958,104,100 1,951,709,455 1,302,394,328 1,311,645,656 36.9%
Japan 885,897,345 1,383,769,739 932,493,305 988,385,949 11.6%
Mexico 480,603,686 838,201,370 472,510,236 662,462,173 37.8%
United Arab Emirates 89,149,982 254,766,954 130,814,179 352,984,890 295.9%
Pakistan 203,514,270 56,537,713 173,848,941 336,769,394 65.5%
Bangladesh 59,500,675 52,548,243 54,602,275 73,843,209 24.1%
Portugal 111,969 76,252 41,516,860 47,280,000 42,126.0%
South Korea 36,212,765 53,733,745 28,485,935 42,998,492 18.7%
Hong Kong 24,442,745 14,113,332 29,379,054 26,391,262 8.0%