The number of Canadians working in the dairy processing sector, taking home an aggregate payroll of $1.2 billion.

When accounting both direct and indirect employment created by the dairy processing sector, that number increases to close to 211,000 jobs.

$18 billion

The amount contributed to the Canadian economy by the dairy processing sector.


There are 470 dairy processing facilities in Canada.

8.5 billion

In 2017, dairy processors purchased close to 9 billion litres of milk worth $7 billion from Canada’s dairy farmers across Canada.


Dairy processing accounted for close to 16% of processing sales in the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry in 2016. It is the second-largest agri-food sector in Canada.