Fields of gold: Canola exports and production

Release date: December 6, 2018
Fields of gold: Canola exports and production
Fields of gold: Canola exports and production

Fields of gold: Canola exports and production

In 2017, Canada produced 21.3 million tonnes of canola.Footnote 1 The majority of canola exports (84.5%) were moved through the Vancouver and Prince Rupert port terminals while over 10% were shipped through the Atlantic Ocean.Footnote 2

Canola exports by city:

  • Prince Rupert, Vancouver: 84.5% of exports (9.8 million tonnes)
  • Thunder Bay, Montréal, Sorel, Halifax: 10.3% of exports (1.2 million tonnes)

Canola production has more than tripled in the last 20 years.Footnote 1 Canada exports close to half of the canola that it produces annually.Footnote 2

Total Exports, all destinations (metric tonnes) and Canola Production (metric tonnes)
  Total Exports, all destinations (metric tonnes) Canola Production (metric tonnes)
1997 2,593,329 6,393,100
1998 3,951,974 7,643,300
1999 3,784,860 8,798,300
2000 3,854,551 7,205,300
2001 3,977,130 5,017,100
2002 2,269,275 4,520,500
2003 3,284,105 6,771,200
2004 3,469,047 7,673,600
2005 3,888,026 9,483,300
2006 5,605,783 9,000,300
2007 5,411,135 9,611,100
2008 6,484,542 12,644,900
2009 7,821,958 12,898,100
2010 7,321,292 12,788,600
2011 7,900,471 14,608,100
2012 8,319,432 13,868,500
2013 7,075,698 18,551,000
2014 9,520,656 16,410,100
2015 9,511,537 18,376,500
2016 10,517,243 19,599,200
2017 11,569,407 21,328,000

Seeded area for canola has almost doubled over the past 20 years.Footnote 1

Seeded area of canola (acres)
  Seeded area (acres)
1997 12,122,800
2017 23,014,100

International destinations for Canadian canola have become more diverse over time.Footnote 2

International destinations for Canadian canola and Quantity in metric tonnes in the year 1997
Year International destinations Quantities in metric tonnes
1997 Belgium 5,342
1997 United States 319,722
1997 Mexico 406,978
1997 Japan 1,861,287
International destinations for Canadian canola and Quantity in metric tonnes in the year 2017
Year International destinations Quantities in metric tonnes
2017 China 4,400,552
2017 Japan 2,449,938
2017 Mexico 1,731,994
2017 United Arab Emirates 862,797
2017 Pakistan 776,926
2017 United States 591,886
2017 France 471,738
2017 Germany 87,062

Canada's canola exports were valued at $6.5 billion in 2017.Footnote 2

Canola accounted for $10.0 billion in farm cash receiptsFootnote 3 in 2017.

In 2017, canola exports to China alone were almost double the total quantity of canola exported in 1997.

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