The socioeconomic portrait of Canada's evolving farm population

Release date: November 27, 2018
Infographic: The socioeconomic portrait of Canada's evolving farm population
Description: The socioeconomic portrait of Canada's evolving farm population

The socioeconomic portrait of Canada's evolving farm population

Rural vs urban farm population distribution, 2016
  Percentage of farm population
Rural area 83.9%
Small population centre 7.0%
Medium population centre 2.3%
Large urban population centre 6.7%
Total data may not equal 100% due to rounding

In 1931, 1 in 3 Canadians was a member of the farm population.

In 2016, 1 in 58 Canadians was a member of the farm population.

Median household income for the farm vs total population, 2016

  • Farm population $82,456
  • Total population $70,275
Median household income by select farm type, 2016
Farm type Median household income
Poultry and egg production $96,399
Oilseed and grain farming $90,861
Fruit and tree nut farming $88,306
Greenhouse, nursery and ­floriculture production $85,211
Vegetable and melon farming $80,944
Distribution of the Canadian farm population by province, 2016
Province Percentage of farm population
British Columbia 9.8%
Alberta 20.0%
Saskatchewan 15.8%
Manitoba 7.4%
Ontario 27.1%
Quebec 16.1%
New Brunswick 1.1%
Nova Scotia 1.7%
Prince Edward Island 0.7%
Newfoundland and Labrador 0.2%
Distribution of Canadian population by province, 2016
Province Percentage of the Canadian poulation
British Columbia 13.3%
Alberta 11.6%
Saskatchewan 3.1%
Manitoba 3.6%
Ontario 38.6%
Quebec 23.2%
New Brunswick 2.1%
Nova Scotia 2.6%
Prince Edward Island 0.4%
Newfoundland and Labrador 1.5%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Agriculture and 2016 Census of Population.

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