The Future of Family Farms: Canada’s Opportunity for Growth

Canadian farms are fundamental to our nation’s economy, prosperity, and independence. There are an estimated 190,000 farms in Canada. They employ over 250,000 people in rural communities and support an agri-food system that employs over two million people, or one in nine Canadians. The agri-food system generates around 7% of Canadian GDP ($140 billion). Most farm produce is exported: Canada dominates global wheat, canola, mustard, flaxseed, lentils, peas, and maple product markets. Agriculture and food product exports amount to $90 billion a year, supporting our trade balance with the rest of the world and the strength of our currency. Canadian farms also supply the food we eat. Farmers promote environmental sustainability as they are stewards of biodiverse ecosystems, home to thousands of species.

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