At a Glance

Canadian Oilseed Processing Industry

  • There are 14 crush facilities owned by 6 companies; the 11 plants in the west crush canola and the 3 in the east crush canola and soybeans
  • It is estimated that processing canola and soybeans in Canada is now responsible for $7.8 billion in economic activity every year, a threefold increase from a decade ago
  • Over the last decade, approximately $2 billion have been invested in plant construction; crush capacity has more than doubled, reaching a new high of 10.7 million tonnes for canola and 3.2 million tonnes for soybeans in 2016
  • Over the 10-year period 2007 to 2016, canola crushings increased 135% (from 3.8 to 8.8 million tonnes) and soybean crushings increased 28% (from 1.5 to 1.9 million tonnes)
  • Over the same 10-year period, exports of canola oil increased 132% (from 1.3 million tonnes worth $1.2 billion to 2.9 million tonnes worth $3.1 billion) and canola meal exports increased 179% (from 1.6 million tonnes worth $0.2 billion to 4.4 million tonnes worth $1.5 billion)

2016:

  • 45% of the canola crop and 29% of the soybean crop were processed domestically
  • 3.9 million tonnes of canola oil and 0.3 million tonnes of soybean oil were produced; these oils are used for cooking oils, shortenings and salad oils
  • 5.0 million tonnes of canola meal and 1.5 million tonnes of soybean meal were produced; these meals are used in animal feeds
  • Canola oil – domestic use 0.9 million tonnes; exports 2.9 million tonnes valued at $3.1 billion; major importers USA 66%, China 21% and South Korea 4%
  • Soy oil – domestic use 0.2 million tonnes; exports 0.2 million tonnes valued at $0.2 billion; major importer USA 78%, Algeria 7% and South Korea 6%
  • Canola meal – domestic use 0.6 million tonnes; exports 4.4 million tonnes valued at $1.5 billion; major importers USA 82%, China 14% and Thailand 2%
  • Soy meal – domestic use 1.2 million tonnes; exports 0.3 million tonnes valued at $0.2 billion; major importers USA 74%, Denmark 11% and United Kingdom 9%