The Manitoba Advantage in Canola 

Manitoba offers a reliable, consistent supply of canola, with crushers using half the production. Manitoba is strategically located close to major markets for canola in the United States, creating freight advantages. Expansion of canola crushing facilities at Altona, Harrowby and Ste. Agathe in the last 10 years has more than doubled the crush capacity of the province. 

Manitoba's Canola Industry

Canola is produced across all cropping regions in Manitoba, with over 5,800 canola producers and three major canola crushers, as well as smaller cold-pressed crushers. The harvested area can range from 3.1 to 3.6 million acres per year.

  • Manitoba produced 3.3 million tonnes of canola seed in 2018, which accounts for 16 per cent of the production in Canada. 
  • Farm cash receipts totalled $1.34 billion in 2018.

The province exported $1.67 billion in canola and canola-derived products in 2018, accounting for 39 per cent of Manitoba’s export value in agriculture. 


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Market and Consumer Trends

The canola crop is primarily used to produce canola oil, and the co-product is canola meal, which is used as high-protein animal feed. The protein content in canola seed is around 20.1 per cent. 

As consumers are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based protein into their diets, canola is increasingly being looked at for its potential as a protein ingredient. 


There is ongoing research in Manitoba and across the prairies on novel flea beetle control measures, harvester processing and threshing losses, and improved disease surveillance.

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