By the Numbers: A snapshot of turkey consumption in Canada

Toronto – October 8, 2020 – With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, turkey season is now upon us, and newly released industry data reveals that Canadians love to eat turkey, especially around this time of year.

Consumption statistics from the Turkey Farmers of Canada, the national voice of Canadian turkey farmers, show that 2.5 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday, equal to 39 percent of all turkeys that were sold last year.

But the fact is, Canadians enjoy eating turkey year-round, as over 6.3 million whole turkeys were sold across the country in 2019. Below is a brief breakdown of turkey consumption in Canada, as we head into this year’s turkey-eating season:

From coast to coast, UFCW Canada members proudly make a wide range of delicious turkey products, at companies like Exceldor, Flamingo, Granny’s, Lilydale, Olymel, Maple Leaf, Sofina, and Spécialités Prodal, among others.

To learn more about the amazing turkey products made by UFCW members throughout the country, and other UFCW-made food, visit our Great Canadian Food Products page.

Source: “Canada’s turkey industry: By the numbers.” Turkey Farmers of Canada. September 2020. Online: