The organic food market in Canada and its global influence
Demand for organic products is growing as people become more health-conscious, incomes rise, and retail distribution expands.
Canada is an active player in this growing market and currently trades organic food products with 127 countries. We have more than 7,500 organic operations, accounting for roughly 2% of total agricultural land in Canada. Demand for organics in Canada is growing quickly—at a rate of more than 8% annually for the past four years—and our organic exports were worth $461 million in 2019.
However, domestic supply is having trouble keeping pace; in some cases, Canadian organic food processors are relying on imports, and are having difficulty finding reliable and consistent sources of ingredients. This report highlights Canadian exports and imports of organic food, major products, areas of growth, and the key challenges facing international traders.