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Christmas trees… by the numbers

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Here are the facts on Christmas trees in Canada.

(Last updated: November 27, 2013)

Lower revenues for Canadian Christmas tree growers

Cash receipts (current dollars) for fresh-cut Christmas trees declined in 2012.

  • $52 million — The value of farm cash receipts for Christmas trees in Canada in 2012, down 2.3% from $53.3 million in 2011.

Source: CANSIM, table 002-0001.

Growing Christmas trees

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, where 647 farms reported.
  • According to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, this agricultural activity is concentrated in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick.
  • 54.4 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.

For more information on agriculture in Canada, see Statistics by subject, Agriculture, and the 2011 Census of Agriculture.

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for export

Canada is a net exporter of fresh-cut Christmas trees.

  • $26.7 million — The value of real Christmas trees exported from Canada in 2012. Of this amount, $24.2 million worth, or nearly 1.5 million trees, was exported to the United States. In total, 1.6 million fresh-cut Christmas trees were exported in 2012.
  • Fresh-cut Christmas trees were also exported to
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • Cayman Islands
    • France
    • Guatemala
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • Panama
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Venezuela
  • $4.9 million — The value of real Christmas trees imported from the United States to Canada in 2012.
Christmas tree exports, by province and territory, 2012
Provinces and territory Trees
  number $
All provinces and Nunavut 1,609,811 26,692,370
Quebec 822,783 14,765,349
Nova Scotia 438,104 6,095,289
New Brunswick 250,307 4,889,676
Manitoba 69,246 567,710
Ontario 19,155 286,161
Prince Edward Island 1,771 24,870
British Columbia 4,897 26,640
Nunavut 3,548 36,675
Saskatchewan 0 0
Alberta 0 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0
Source: Statistics Canada, International Trade Division.

Artificial Christmas trees

  • $49.5 million — The total value of artificial Christmas trees imported to Canada in 2012, up from $47.1 million in 2011.
  • $48.5 million — The value of artificial Christmas trees imported to Canada from China in 2012, up from $45.8 million in 2011.

Source: Statistics Canada, International Trade Division.

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