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 2008 to 2017, canola crushings increased 119% (from 4.2 to 9.2 million tonnes) and soybean crushings increased 38% (from 1.3 to 1.8 million tonnes)
  • Over the same 10-year period, exports of canola oil increased 126% (from 1.4 million tonnes worth $1.8 billion to 3.1 million tonnes worth $3.4 billion) and canola meal exports increased 141% (from 1.9 million tonnes worth $0.4 billion to 4.6 million tonnes worth $1.5 billion)

2017:

  • 43% of the canola crop and 23% of the soybean crop were processed domestically
  • 4.0 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
  • 5.1 million tonnes of canola meal and 1.4 million tonnes of soybean meal were produced; these meals are used in animal feeds
  • Canola oil – domestic use 0.9 million tonnes; exports 3.1 million tonnes valued at $3.4 billion; major importers USA 63%, China 22% and South Korea 4%
  • Soy oil – domestic use 0.2 million tonnes; exports 0.1 million tonnes valued at $0.2 billion; major importer USA 94%, and South Korea 4%
  • Canola meal – domestic use 0.6 million tonnes; exports 4.6 million tonnes valued at $1.5 billion; major importers USA 75%, China 23% and Thailand 1%
  • Soy meal – domestic use 1.4 million tonnes; exports 0.2 million tonnes valued at $0.1 billion; major importers USA 79%, Ireland 16% and United Kingdom 4%