Here are the facts on Christmas trees in Canada.
(Last updated: October 24, 2012)
Cash receipts (current dollars) for fresh-cut Christmas trees declined in 2011.
$51.3 million — The value of farm cash receipts for Christmas trees in Canada in 2011, down more than 9% from $56.6 million in 2010.
Sales declined in all provinces except British Columbia.
Since 2006, farm cash receipts for Christmas trees in Canada have declined by more than 22%.
Since 2001, farm cash receipts for Christmas trees in Canada have declined by nearly a third.
Source: CANSIM, table 002-0001 (Net Farm Income).
Both the number of farms and the area devoted to growing Christmas trees declined from 2006 to 2011.
2,381 — The number of farms that grew Christmas trees in Canada in 2011. Most Christmas tree farms are in Ontario, with 647 farms reported.
According to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, this agricultural activity is concentrated in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick. British Columbia, too, plays an important role in the fresh-cut Christmas tree industry.
54 acres — The average area of land per farm allocated to growing Christmas trees in Quebec in 2011. Quebec’s Christmas tree farms are, on average, the largest in Canada.
Source: 2011 Census of Agriculture, Farm and farm operator data, Christmas trees, 2011 and 2006.
Canada is a net exporter of real, fresh-cut Christmas trees!
$28.2 million — The value of real Christmas trees exported from Canada in 2011. Of this amount, $25.8 million worth, or nearly 1.6 million trees, were exported to the United States. In total, 1.7 million fresh-cut Christmas trees were exported in 2011.
Fresh-cut Christmas trees were also exported to Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, France, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
$5 million — The value of real Christmas trees imported from the United States to Canada in 2011.
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|Source: Statistics Canada, International Trade Division.|
$47 million — The value of artificial Christmas trees imported to Canada in 2011. Of this amount, nearly $46 million worth of artificial Christmas trees were imported from China, with the remainder coming from various countries, including Thailand, the United States, Mexico and Vietnam.
Source: Statistics Canada, International Trade Division.
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