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.
Not only is Québec the world’s largest maple syrup producer, but its spring 2017 harvest set a new record at 152 million pounds, enough to fill 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Farms specialized in horticulture (mainly field vegetables) generated revenues of over $490M in Québec in 2016.
In recent years, Canadian sugar prices have averaged 35% lower than the price of sugar from the United States.
Québec is Canada’s largest pork producer, and it exports its products to nearly 100 countries.
More than two thirds of the soybeans produced in Québec for human consumption are exported, primarily to Asia, where they are used to produce soy milk, tofu, soy sauce and miso.
Québec is the world’s third-largest cranberry producer and also grows nearly 40% of Canada’s strawberries and wild blueberries.
Québec is vast and fertile—a generous land where excellent raw materials can be obtained or produced readily and affordably.
For 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!
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.
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.