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 $6.5 billion in economic activity every year
  • Over the last decade, approximately $1 billion have been invested in plant construction; crush capacity has more than doubled, reaching a new high of 11.0 million tonnes for canola and 3.2 million tonnes for soybeans in 2020
  • Over the 10-year period 2011to 2020, canola crushings increased 56% (from 6.6 to 10.3 million tonnes) and soybean crushings increased 29% (from 1.4 to 1.8 million tonnes)
  • Over the same 10-year period, exports of canola oil increased 34% (from 2.5 million tonnes worth $3.8 billion to 3.4 million tonnes worth $3.5 billion) and canola meal exports increased 62% (from 3.1 million tonnes worth $0.6 billion to 5.0 million tonnes worth $1.9 billion)

2020:

  • 55% of the canola crop and 28% of the soybean crop were processed domestically
  • 4.2 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
  • 5.4 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 1.1 million tonnes; exports 3.4 million tonnes valued at $3.8 billion; major importers USA 52%, China 32% and South Korea 4%
  • Soy oil – domestic use 0.2 million tonnes; exports 0.1 million tonnes valued at $0.1 billion; major importers USA 97% 
  • Canola meal – domestic use 0.8 million tonnes; exports 5.0 million tonnes valued at $1.9 billion; major importers USA 69% and China 30%
  • Soy meal – domestic use 1.0 million tonnes; exports 0.3 million tonnes valued at $0.2 billion; major importers USA 63%, Ireland 23% and United Kingdom 14%