Industry overview

 

The Quebec produce growing industry at a glance

  • 1,950 growers whose main source of income is horticultural production
  • 25,000 hectares of cultivated cropland
  • 535,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables grown yearly
  • $360 million in farm cash receipts, making Quebec the country’s second largest producer
  • $175 million in exported goods
  • 20,000 workers

The Quebec horticultural industry at a glance

  • 15% of farm cash receipts (5th highest in Quebec)
  • 35% of farm gate values (2nd highest in Quebec, after milk)

 

Economic Value of the Industry

 

There are roughly 3,700 fruit and vegetable growing operations in Quebec. Family workers account for 8,000 jobs in the industry, compared with 24,000 hired workers, 21,000 are whom are seasonal. Horticulture represents an important factor in the Quebec farming economy. In 2015, sales of these products reached $1.15 billion dollars, representing 15% of the province’s farm cash receipts.

Between 2003 and 2013, horticultural production grew by 57%, 1.5 times greater than the 39% growth rate posted for the entire agricultural industry.

The packaging and processing sector accounts for 150 businesses and 3,600 jobs, with $1.625 billion in deliveries, for an added value of close to 60%.

Various industry stakeholders are working together to develop innovative products and break into new markets for fresh and processed products, both here at home and around the world. They create a wide range of employment opportunities, hire professionals from many different backgrounds and generate benefits for numerous suppliers, in addition to stimulating the local economy and contributing to the vitality of the communities where they operate.