Canada establishes new research agency to promote pork industry

Canada's Agriculture Minister has announced the creation of the Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency to support the sustainability and competitiveness of Canada's pork sector.
calendar icon 6 November 2020
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Rick Bergmann, Chair of the Canadian Pork Council said, “Producers across Canada welcome the establishment of the Pork Promotion and Research Agency (PRA). The PRA will be an important vehicle for producers – it will help facilitate even greater collaboration across the value chain through increased research and promotion activities. In the long run, it will result in improving the long-term growth and competitiveness of the sector.”

Quick facts

  • The Government continues to engage extensively with industry and federal, provincial and territorial governments to help implement the new Agency. For information about next steps, please contact the FPCC at [email protected].
  • Comparing trade statistics to-date from 2019 to 2020, pork exports have increase by 17 percent in volume.
  • In 2019, the Canadian pork industry exported $4 billion worth of pork to over 90 countries.
  • There were 14 million hogs on 1 January 2019, on approximately 8,060 farms in Canada. Farm cash receipts from the sale of hogs in 2019 totalled $4.6 billion.
  • The Québec pork industry employs 31,000 people and exports 70 percent of its pork production, which was valued at $1.81 billion in 2019.
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