The pork industry is the 4th largest farming industry in Canada and contributes to the sound economy and prosperity of the country, creates jobs in rural and urban areas and provides abundant supplies of locally produced, affordable, high-quality protein for Canadians and millions of people around the world. Canadian hog producers are committed to following the highest standards in order to care for animals and protect the land and the environment.

Economic Sustainability

Economic Sustainability

There are more than 7,000 pig farms across Canada producing more than 25.5 million animals a year. With direct farm gate annual sales at $4.1 billion, the pork sector is the fourth-largest source of farm cash receipts of any Canadian agricultural commodity. The industry supports 31,000 farm jobs which, in turn, contribute to 103,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the country. The total economic activity or output of these jobs generates $23.8 billion when farms, inputs, processing and pork exports are included. 

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Animal Care

Animal Care - Farmer holding a pig

Animal care is a key consideration for Canadian pork producers. This requires adopting the high standards set by the industry and government agencies. Producers conduct a welfare assessment for their farm that can then be used to monitor, manage and document on-farm animal care practices. Canadian producers follow the National Farm Animal Care Council's Code of practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. 

Antimicrobials Stewardship

Producers understand that prudent use of antimicrobials is key to mitigate the development of antimicrobial resistance. In their commitment to a responsible use of antimicrobials, producers are supporting Health Canada’s regulatory changes to strengthen oversight of veterinary drugs. 

The CPC’s Drug Use Policy provides pork producers with the tools for a judicious use of antimicrobials on their animals, ensuring a safe food supply. For example, pigs that have received antibiotics will not be sent to slaughter before all traces of the medicine is out of their system.

Environmental Sustainability

Canadian pork producers are stewards of the land. This involves preserving ecosystems and resources, such as soil and water as well as minimizing the environmental impacts of their activities through the implementation of beneficial agricultural practices. For more information, refer to the Guidebook for Environmental Management in the Canadian Pork Sector.

A Life Cycle Assessment of Canadian Pork Production has been completed in 2018. It shows that the Canadian pork footprint is among the lowest in the world. A next-generation LCA is being undertaken by Dr. Tenuta at the University of Manitoba. It will be completed in 2021.

Éleveurs de porcs du Québec Members Sustainability Report 

Éleveurs de porcs du Québec annually reward three farms for their sustainability and social responsibility efforts. 

The three winners excel in the five principles of social responsibility of Éleveurs de porcs du Québec's approach. 

The Éleveurs de porcs social responsibility approach rests on the five following principles:

  • governance;
  • environmental stewardship;
  • staff wellness and community relations;
  • economic performance;
  • animal welfare, animal health and food safety.



Luc Veilleux, Ferme porcine L.V. Inc.

Winner of the 2019 edition of the "Responsable par nature" contest,  Ferme porcine L.V. Inc., located in Sainte-Marie, Québec, focuses on exemplary practices. They are constantly thinking of ways to improve the way they work. Luc Veilleux is forward-thinking and integrates new technologies on-farm. 


Geneviève Ouellet, Genôme LKM

Genôme LKM focuses on animal welfare. The farm is specialized in producing breeding stock. Because some of her thoroughbred pig's delicate intestinal composition, Geneviève Ouellet must ensure  excellent management practices. She focuses on the quality and the quantity of water provided to pigs. 

Benoit Richard, Ferme Benoit Richard

Benoit Richard, Johanne Moreau and Kévin Richard ensure sound management of the business. Nothing is left to chance. They spend considerable efforts improving the economic performance of the farm, analyzing production costs and determining what crop is of the highest value for their fields.