Canadian Horticulture Sector - Performance Overview
2008 Crop Year
For purposes of this report, the horticultural sector includes field grown vegetables, potatoes, greenhouse vegetables, fruits, ornamental products (floriculture, nursery, Christmas trees, sod), honey and maple products unless indicated otherwise. Note that the 2008 production data is considered preliminary and subject to revision by Statistics Canada.
In 2008, the horticultural sector represented $5.78 billion in agricultural Farm Cash Receipts (excluding receipts from risk management and disaster programs) from farming operations in Canada. This represented almost 14% of all agricultural farm cash receipts in 2008. Horticulture ranks third in farm cash receipts behind the grains and oilseeds sector at $15.2 billion and cattle at $5.8 billion, but ahead of dairy at $5.3 billion.
Over 76% of horticultural production is concentrated in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. In 2008, the ornamental sector accounted for the largest share of horticultural farm cash receipts (33.3%), followed by vegetables (including greenhouse) (31.7%), potatoes (17%), fruits (12.8%), maple (3.6%) and honey (1.5%).
The horticulture sector represented $3.85 billion in fresh and processed export value and $9.51 billion in fresh and processed import value in 2008. Fruits and vegetables (including potatoes) accounted for the bulk of Canada's trade in horticultural products, representing 84% of the total value of exports and 96% of the total value of imports of horticultural products.
2007 Crop Year
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