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
  • The Canadian crushing and refining industry contributes around $1.3 billion in annual economic impacts to the domestic economy
  • Over the past 6 years, more than $1 billion have been invested in plant construction and crush capacity has more than doubled, reaching 10.7 million tonnes for canola and 3.2 million for soybeans
  • Over the 10-year period 2006/07 to 2015/16, canola crushings increased 132% (from 3.6 to 8.3 million tonnes) and soybean crushings increased 27% (from 1.5 to 1.9 million tonnes)
  • Over the same 10-year period, exports of canola oil increased 115% (from 1.3 million tonnes worth $1.1 billion to 2.8 million tonnes worth $2.9 billion) and canola meal exports increased 170% (from 1.5 million tonnes worth $0.2 billion to 4.0 million tonnes worth $1.4 billion)

2015/16:

  • 45% of the canola crop and 30% of the soybean crop were processed domestically
  • 3.6 million tonnes of canola oil and 0.4 million tonnes of soybean oil were produced; these oils are used for cooking oils, shortenings and salad oils
  • 4.7 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 2.8 million tonnes valued at $2.9 billion; major importers USA 42%, China 20% 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 83%, Tunisia 8% and Algeria 8%
  • Canola meal – domestic use 0.6 million tonnes; exports 4.0 million tonnes valued at $1.4 billion; major importers USA 89% and Thailand 3%
  • Soy meal – domestic use 2.0 million tonnes; exports 0.2 million tonnes valued at $0.2 billion; major importers USA 84%, Ireland 9% and United Kingdom 8%