Agri-Food
Choose growth: Choose Québec


Québec is an international agri-food giant, building on a rich rural tradition. All sectors of the industry—raw materials, processing, sales and food service—are thriving.

 

  • The industry’s manufacturing shipments totalled more than $27.9 billion in 2016, whereas exports stood at $8.2 billion.
  • Québec’s biofood GDP saw an estimated 4.6% increase in 2016, a peak since 2007.

An abundance of high-quality raw materials

Québec is vast and fertile—a generous land where excellent raw materials can be obtained or produced readily and affordably.

Picture of a hydroelectric dam, cranberries and sugar maples

 

  • Fresh water of very high quality covers 10% of Québec's surface area: there's plenty for everyone!
  • In addition to being Canada's largest pork producer. Québec also ranks first in the production of veal.
  • Québec is Canada's top producer of milk. It also makes over 70% of Canada's yogurt and nearly 75% of its cheese.
  • Berries and a wide variety of vegetables are plentiful in Québec. Soybeans are also an important crop. And, of course, there is an abundance of maple syrup, our national treasure!

Food processing: a few figures

  • Some 2,329 businesses, of which 90% are SMBs
  • Almost 66,000 workers
  • Roughly $27.9 billion in shipments annually
  • GDP of $7.3 billion
  • Dairy products and meats are the largest food processing sectors in Québec, accounting for almost 43% of total shipments.

 

Photo of a cargo ship anchored at the Montréal portFor the last ten years, the growth in Québec's exports has exceeded the Canadian and world averages. That's a clear sign of a robust market!

 

  • Québec agri-food exported $8.2 billion in 2016, with 9.4% growth over 2015, the highest in Canada.
  • More than 70% of Québec agri-food products are exported to the United States. Pork is Québec’s primary biofood export.
  • China is Québec’s second biggest biofood export market (7.2%), followed by Japan (5.9%) and the European Union (5.8%).

 

Canada—and hence Québec—is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which promotes free trade. Moreover, it has signed a number of trade agreements which partially or completely eliminate tariff barriers.

 

  • NAFTA: Canada, United States and Mexico
  • CCFTA: Canada and Chile
  • CCRFTA: Canada and Costa Rica
  • Agreements reached with South Korea, Israel, Peru, Colombia, Jordan and, most recently, Panama and Honduras.

 

Canada is currently negotiating free trade agreements with several other countries, including Japan, Ukraine, Morocco, India and Singapore.

 

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union was ratified by the European Parliament on February 15, 2017, and its provisional application is slated to take effect in September 2017. This agreement will open up new markets and could make Canada one of the first industrialized countries to have guaranteed access to the world’s two largest markets—the United States and Europe.

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Benoît Larouche

Director, Business Development, New York

212 843-0976