Horticultural sales of $1.15 billion in Québec

Québec, September 21, 2016 – In 2015, the total sales of Québec’s horticultural market were 1.15 billion dollars ($B), which is 5.9% higher than in 2014. From 2012 to 2015, horticultural sales experienced average annual growth of 5.2%, while non-horticultural agricultural production increased an average of 1.1% per year to attain $6.78 B. From among the sectors comprising the horticultural industry, it was predominantly vegetables ($132.2 M) that accounted for the largest part of the growth from 2012 to 2015.

Compared with 2015, horticultural production in Canada totalled $6.64 B in sales. Ontario accounted for the greatest share of Canadian sales (40.4%), followed by British Columbia (21.1%) and Québec (17.3%). From 2012 to 2015, horticultural sales increased $765.4 M in Canada. Québec accounted for 21.1% of this growth. It is worth noting that Québec, Ontario, British Columbia and Canada as a whole have posted five consecutive years of growth in horticultural sales from 2010 to 2015.

These figures are drawn from the Profil sectoriel de l’industrie horticole au Québec, édition 2016, a joint initiative of the Institut de la statistique du Québec and the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec.

Québec’s horticultural exports up 22.9%

In 2015, Québec’s horticultural exports ($623.2 M) and imports ($623.0 M) were up when compared with 2014 by, respectively, 22.9% and 9.5%. In decreasing order, primary exports were field vegetables ($314.7 M), berries ($215.0 M) and potatoes ($44.8 M), while primary imports were field vegetables ($276.3 M), berries ($194.3 M) and apples ($63.9 M).

With an ever-increasing presence on international markets, Québec’s horticultural industry posted an average annual increase of 13.2% for exports and 8.1% for imports from 2012 to 2015. Over this period, several products saw a rise in the total value of their exports and imports, notably field vegetables (+$131.9 M; +$73.5 M), berries (+$26.7 M; +$41.5 M), potatoes (+$21.5 M; +$5.0 M) and ornamental horticulture (+$11.3 M; +$9.3 M).

Detailed portrait of the horticultural industry

In addition to data on sales and international trade, Profil horticole presents information on all horticultural sectors. Statistical tables provide, for each product, information on the number of operations, on seeded and harvested areas, output, marketing, prices, stocks in storage and consumption. Comparisons with other provinces and Canada are also featured.


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