growing Canadian Prosperity

Canola is a major driver of the Canadian economy, creating jobs and adding value.

  • Over 43,000 farmers produce 20 million tonnes of canola; half is processed in Canada as value-added oil and meal.
  • Canola contributes $26.7 billion per year to the Canadian Economy
  • Canadian canola industry employs 250,000 Canadians
  • Canola exports were valued at $9.3 billion in 2019
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Canola has been the #1 source of farm revenue from crops for over a decade, earning $8.6 billion in farm cash receipts in 2019.

Canola is a Sustainable Crop

Canadian canola farmers believe in growing the best for their customers; they use the best methods available to grow the best crops using practices that value the natural environment.

Farmers take their stewardship responsibilities seriously — their farms and future farm generations depend on them. In keeping with that responsibility, the crop sector is working to develop a Sustainability Code of Practice. The Canadian canola industry has also set bold sustainability targets for 2025 to improve energy and land efficiency, sequester more carbon, improve soil and water health, and protect biodiversity.

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The canola industry's sustainability targets for 2025

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    18% reduction in fuel use per bushel.

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    40% decrease in the amount of land required to produce one tonne of canola.

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    Utilize 4R nutrient stewardship practices on 90% of canola acres.

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    Sequester an additional 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Canadian soils every year.

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    Safeguard over 2,000 beneficial insects that call canola fields and surrounding habitat home.

Managing Risk on Farm

Farmers prosper when there are programs to help manage uncontrollable risks, giving them the confidence to invest in their operations.

Growth opportunity: Restore AgriStability coverage immediately to 85% of historical reference margins with no Reference Margin Limits.

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From extreme weather to international trade restrictions and rail disruptions, canola farmers are facing increased volatility and uncertainty. They rely on Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to help manage risks beyond their control. Immediate solutions and focused investment are required to improve programming and provide farmers with effective tools to manage these risks.

Ensuring BRM programs reflect the risks of modern farming will position farmers for economic stability for their rural economies and sustain the agricultural sector as a driver of the Canadian economy. Establishment of an industry-government technical working group that allows farm groups to actively participate in BRM data and impact analysis will provide a forum to ensure programming remains relevant and effective.

Canadian Innovation

Farmers prosper when there is a regulatory environment that fosters investment in innovation.

Growth opportunity: Resource and mandate federal regulatory bodies to make efficient, science-based decisions that enable farmers to stay competitive with the most up-to-date crop protection products and seed varieties.

Canola is a hallmark “Made in Canada” success story, first developed by Canadian scientists in the 1970s. Over five decades, the canola industry was built from a foundation of innovation, industry-government partnership, and a science-based regulatory process. Innovations, including no tillage cropping and disease or pod shatter resistant canola, provide solutions to food system and sustainability challenges. Safe adoption of new agricultural innovations will continue to make Canadian canola farmers competitive and relevant.

Farmers need regulatory bodies to assess new seed varieties created through plant breeding innovation in a timely manner, and more effective processes for re-evaluating crop protection products. Having access to the latest innovations will enable canola farmers to meet sustainability targets while improving yields, increasing our competitiveness in a global marketplace, and further contributing to Canada’s economic growth.

Canadian Biofuels

Farmers prosper when they have access to strong domestic markets to sell their products.

Growth opportunity: Ensure Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) requires all diesel fuel to contain a minimum 5% renewable content.

Canadian canola is proven, sustainable, and available to take on the increased demand.

Canadian canola is used as a high-quality biofuel feedstock in Canada, the United States, and the European Union. The federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), currently under development, could triple the domestic demand for canola-based biofuels and provide much-needed market stability for farmers, support rural communities, incent value-added investments, and make real contributions to GHG reductions.

Raising the CFS to a minimum 5% renewable content (from 2% currently) would, per year:

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Trade & Market Diversification

Farmers prosper when they have access to diversified markets to sell their products.

Growth opportunities: Promote rules-based trade, expand and diversify markets, regain full access to China.

Trade is key to the competitiveness of the canola sector. Modernization of the World Trade Organization provides the trade policy tool to ensure borders and supply chains remain open. Farmers are well-positioned to provide safe, reliable canola supplies to the world, but require science-based rules of trade to access new technology and to grow exports.

To expand and diversify markets, new free trade agreements and additional investments in market access activities are required, particularly in the Asia-Pacific. Launching new free trade negotiations or expanding CPTPP could create new market opportunities and additional resources will help our sector understand evolving regulatory requirements and address market access issues. To optimize canola’s full potential and value, reopening the China market must remain a government priority.

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Two bottles of Korean canola oil. Canadian canola seed is crushed into oil, which can be found in consumer products around the world.

Canada is the #1 exporter of canola to the world.

90% of canola is exported
as seed, oil, and meal to more than 50 markets each year.

In 2019, 80% of canola seed was exported to 5 markets.

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United States:
$3.5 billion
$1.1 billion
$628 million
European Union:
$640 million

Values of Select
Export Markets in 2019

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Canola Seed Exports

From Farm to Port to Customer

Over 90% of canola grown in Canada is exported to customers all over the world and rail is the only practical means to move it to port.

The industry relies on efficient, predictable and timely rail service, as do export customers who need to know that they can trust Canadian canola to arrive as expected. When railways can’t deliver on service, or transportation is otherwise halted, farmers and customers are directly affected.

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Prince Rupert - 1.7 million tonnes. Vancouver - 7 million tonnes. Thunder Bay - 1.6 million tonnes.
The average tonne of Canadian-grown canola travels
1,520 km to reach a Canadian port.

Helping Farmers Succeed

Canadian Canola Growers Association

The national
voice of Canada’s
canola farmers.

Since 1984, Canadian Canola Growers Association has been at the forefront of driving change for canola farmers, representing their interests on national and international agricultural issues, programs and policies. The association has been an administrator of the Advance Payments Program for 35 years, providing cash advances to help farmers better market their crops and finance their operations. The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan program administered by CCGA. It offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low-interest cash advances.

CCGA is governed by 10 farmer directors who represent Canada’s provincial canola associations.

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A lady holding a tablet with silos in the background.
A person standing in a canola field.
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