Maple syrup: Nature’s gold

Release date: April 5, 2019
Maple syrup: Nature’s gold
Description: Maple syrup: Nature’s gold

Maple syrup: Nature’s gold

Canada exported $405.5 million of maple sugar and maple syrup in 2018.

In 2018, Canada produced 9,796,000 gallons of maple syrup, valued at $384.4 million.

Quebec produced over 90% of all Canadian maple products in 2018.

Maple syrup production 2018, Canada and provinces
  Maple syrup production (gallons)
Canada 9,796,000
Quebec 8,914,000
New Brunswick 361,000
Ontario 465,000
Nova Scotia 55,000

The United States was the main importer of Canadian maple syrup in 2018.

Top 5 countries to which Canada exported maple sugar and maple syrup in 2018
Country Maple sugar and maple syrup exports (gallons)
World 8,042,663
United States 5,024,420
Germany 831,848
Japan 400,722
United Kingdom 402,713
Australia 354,293

There were 0.35 kg of maple sugar available per person in Canada in 2017, a 250% increase from 0.10 kg per person in 1987.

The number of maple taps in Canada has tripled over the past 30 years.

Number of maple taps in Canada, by Census year
Year Number of maple taps in Canada
1981 16,945,452
1986 15,699,068
1991 18,297,386
1996 23,026,708
2001 33,680,376
2006 38,075,953
2011 44,440,024
2016 46,995,360

Note: Export data includes maple syrup held in reserve, as well as syrup from the 2018 production year.

Sources: Production and Value of Maple Products (table 32-10-0354), Food Available in Canada (table 32-10-0054), Exports – Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database

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