Canadian Soy

The Healthy Alternative

Canadian soybeans, a nutritious source of protein, are a growing favourite on the world stage, especially in Asia. Soybean production is concentrated in the central province of Ontario but new varieties developed by Canadian researchers are making it possible to grow them in other parts of the country as well. Canada exports well over $1 billion worth of soybeans annually.

Kitchen connections and more

Soy flour, soy protein and soy oil are ingredients in hundreds of commercially prepared foods that include margarine, beverages, cheeses, cake mixes, soups, candies, meat alternatives and frozen desserts. At home, any cook can prepare unique and tasty dishes using Canadian soy products, from applesauce cakes baked with soy flour, to miso soup made from soy oil, to a Mexican salad created with canned Canadian soybeans and corn.

Soy foods can be extremely healthy because soybeans contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, unsaturated fats and protein—in fact, soy protein is nearly as high in quality as the proteins in milk and meat. At the same time, soybeans are good for heart health because they have no cholesterol and are very low in the saturated fats that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Soy products can also be ideal for people who are lactose-intolerant and can't consume conventional dairy products. Soy milk, for example, is an excellent source of protein, B-vitamins and iron, and can be fortified to provide the same levels of calcium as cow's milk.

But Canadian soy doesn't end up only in human foods. Much of the soy meal that remains after the beans are crushed for oil is used as healthy protein in animal feed, while some of the oil goes to non-food products such as soap and cosmetics. Soy oil is also a source of biodiesel fuel, which has been used commercially in Canada since 2001.

Innovation and excellence

While soy foods have been around for many centuries, there's always room for on-going research. Canadian soybean breeders specialize in developing new varieties of high-quality, food-grade beans for customers around the world. We rely on the federal government's Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to ensure that we provide our customers with the world's best product. The CGC defines grading standards for our soybeans and ensures that these standards are rigorously applied to every year's harvest.  

CGC also oversees the Canadian Identity-Preserved Recognition System (CIPRS), which helps segregate premium varieties of soybeans to make specific products, such as tofu, miso, or soy beverages. Canadian food scientists and soybean geneticists routinely consult national and international soyfood processors to explore new requirements, from protein and sugar content to water uptake, soymilk yield and tofu yield. And to make certain that all Canadian soy-based foods are safe, they're closely monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Taste the Canadian difference

Produced to rigorous standards, Canada's soybeans and soy products offer the best in quality and nutrition. For more information about our soybean 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

  • 12010010 - Soya beans, for sowing
  • 12010020 - Soya beans, for oil extraction
  • 12010090 - Soya beans, nes
  • 120810 - Soya bean flour and meals
  • 15071000 - Soya-bean oil crude, whether or not degummed
  • 15079000 - Soya-bean oil and its fractions, refined but not chemically modified
  • 21031000 - Soya sauce
  • 23040000 - Soya-bean oil-cake and other solid residues, whether or not ground or pellet
Canada's Exports to All Countries ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
12010090 437,896,864 475,999,818 597,580,536 815,917,714 86.3%
12010020 238,140,150 399,557,308 382,491,685 506,157,515 112.5%
23040000 31,914,497 32,247,101 25,272,752 41,143,125 28.9%
15079000 21,101,350 43,380,408 25,935,869 32,564,246 54.3%
15071000 7,594,639 13,212,819 16,074,597 19,054,849 150.9%
120810 2,488,327 1,936,661 8,344,828 14,536,163 484.2%
12010010 4,068,377 10,326,468 8,868,286 13,227,087 225.1%
21031000 1,395,908 1,345,875 1,182,496 1,502,596 7.6%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
12010090 1,072,160,916 844,620,834 1,074,108,525 1,464,995,594 36.6%
12010020 794,347,394 929,805,784 942,383,225 1,149,426,002 44.7%
23040000 106,987,225 72,559,522 54,486,539 109,310,489 2.2%
120810 5,790,375 3,642,000 21,000,006 39,424,036 580.9%
15079000 19,925,007 33,300,161 23,780,116 32,827,679 64.8%
15071000 9,555,236 10,651,917 20,976,604 20,266,700 112.1%
12010010 7,235,599 14,760,601 11,462,364 16,441,160 127.2%
21031000 1,254,004 1,259,674 1,039,812 1,226,711 -2.2%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 12010010, 12010020, 12010090, 120810, 15071000, 15079000, 21031000 , 23040000, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 51,675,900 46,239,344 69,801,473 83,850,646
Feb 29,231,733 69,836,341 61,957,162 64,251,583
Mar 44,371,571 71,004,991 67,664,379 68,208,132
Apr 48,478,392 51,550,019 65,084,586 56,200,621
May 42,693,505 56,951,770 82,135,164 52,389,033
Jun 49,888,556 61,069,494 54,116,152 47,937,368
Jul 51,738,292 40,255,415 62,551,862 68,008,419
Aug 46,837,026 53,830,436 39,487,837 76,061,890
Sep 38,271,638 25,835,292 40,163,602 50,686,284
Oct 123,559,049 129,429,032 100,794,591 304,950,669
Nov 149,071,633 208,801,582 235,323,909 342,200,146
Dec 68,782,817 163,202,742 186,670,332 229,358,504
TOTAL 744,600,112 978,006,458 1,065,751,049 1,444,103,295
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 12010010, 12010020, 12010090, 120810, 15071000, 15079000, 21031000 , 23040000, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 124,259 11,237,800 666,250 465,973
British Columbia 4,559,726 6,075,398 5,681,241 8,610,899
Manitoba 55,930,186 76,421,979 100,918,561 127,464,607
New Brunswick 70,574 144,622 151,681 5,882
Nova Scotia 43,560 1,590,915 2,086,186 6,798
Ontario 318,206,031 504,492,143 531,828,995 683,334,445
Prince Edward Island 19,182 73,135 634,613 1,374,274
Québec 362,368,069 376,770,389 418,701,393 614,815,590
Saskatchewan 3,278,525 1,200,077 5,082,129 8,024,827
Canada's Top 10 Soy Markets
(HS Codes 12010010, 12010020, 12010090, 120810, 15071000, 15079000, 21031000 , 23040000, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 744,600,112 978,006,458 1,065,751,049 1,444,103,295 93.9%
United States 124,877,555 188,726,515 220,641,674 268,132,167 114.7%
Netherlands 80,220,469 56,121,052 62,067,604 259,546,943 223.5%
Japan 141,521,792 202,689,672 233,472,712 234,598,788 65.8%
China 3,008,758 84,446,900 60,160,970 96,840,717 3,118.6%
Belgium 57,790,191 94,565,988 75,638,027 82,785,192 43.3%
Germany 13,211,497 38,305,722 39,307,355 68,590,783 419.2%
Spain 1,277,403 1,264,921 102,192,595 67,821,832 5,209.4%
Malaysia 37,149,816 68,890,347 56,849,382 47,706,300 28.4%
Denmark 22,403,618 12,799,503 26,238,379 44,762,763 99.8%
Egypt 6,148,964 49,618,489 639 31,968,773 419.9%