Primary Chicken Sector

Sector Manager - Nicolas Paillat   Email: nicolaspaillat@cpepc.ca   Tel: 613 724-6605 ext 2

Sector Directors:
Joël Cormier - Exceldor Coopérative - Lévis, QC
Lucy McKee - Cargill Meats Canada - London ON
Scott Cummings - Sunrise Poultry Ltd. - Surrey, BC
Craig Evans - Granny's Poultry Co-operative Ltd. - Winnipeg, MB


Council's 18 primary chicken processor members operate 34 primary processing plants in 9 provinces. These companies have a throughput of more than 1 billion kilograms (eviscerated weight) of meat each year, which represents more than 90% of all chicken processed in Canada. We estimate that this coast to coast economic activity directly employs over 9,000 Canadian workers, and represents an investment in plant and equipment of more than $800 million.

Over 90% of the supply of raw product purchased by our members comes exclusively from the chicken producers of Canada (members of the Chicken Farmers of Canada). To assist producers in determining policies which will benefit the entire Canadian chicken meat industry, two Council members sit on the Board of the Chicken Farmers of Canada.

In chicken, the Canadian consumer preference for breast meat and wings is met by importing additional breasts and wings, over and above what is produced in Canada, through Tariff Rate Quotas TRQ’s. In addition, export programs in the chicken sector result in the export of thighs and drums. The result is a market that is kept in balance through domestic production and processing, imports and exports. From domestic production the processing of whole birds yields approximately 52% breast & wings and 48% legs. This ratio is changed through imports and exports to approximately 57% / 43%. Canada continues to be a net importer of chicken.

The per capita consumption (PCC) of chicken meat in Canada has more than doubled since 1975. After flattening out in the first decade of the new century, PCC has recently begun to increase again and is over 31 kg per person. Chicken has been Canadian’s preferred meat protein for over a decade. In an environment where Canadian consumers are eating less meat, the nutritional, economic and versatile characteristics of chicken win increasing approval from diet and value conscious Canadian consumers. As both domestic and export opportunities continue to be developed, the members of the primary chicken processors sector will maintain their commitment of supplying high quality products at competitive prices, while enjoying continuing growth.

Primary Chicken Sector Members


Avico Inc. - Establishment 116 - Québec, QC

Cargill Meats Canada - Establishment 470 - London, ON

Colonial Poultry Ltd. - Establishment 437 - Armstrong, BC

Country Ribbon Inc. - Establishment 291 - St. John's , NL

Dunn-Rite Food Products - Establishment 281 - Winnipeg, MB

Eden Valley Poultry Inc. - Establishment 150 - Berwick, NS

Exceldor coopérative - Establishment 311 - St-Anselme, QC

Exceldor coopérative - Establishment 88 - St-Damase, QC

Farm Fresh Poultry Ltd. - Establishment 434 - Harriston, ON

Ferme des Voltigeurs - Establishment 634 - Drummondville, QC

Granny's Poultry Co-operative Ltd. - Establishment 137 - Winnipeg, MB

Hallmark Poultry Processors Ltd. - Establishment 217 - Vancouver, BC

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. - Establishment 196 - Brampton, ON

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. - Establishment 047 - Toronto, ON

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. - Establishment 007F - Edmonton, AB

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. - Establishment 439 - St. Mary's, ON

Maple Lodge Farms Ltd. - Establishment 285 - Brampton, ON

Nadeau Poultry Ltd. - Establishment 248 - St. Francois, NB

Olymel L.P. - Establishment 039G - St-Damase, QC

Olymel L.P. - Establishment 039D - Berthierville, QC

Pinty's Delicious Foods Inc. - Establishment 416 - Port Colborne, ON

Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd. - Establishment 629 - Saskatoon, SK

Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods - Establishment 652 - Abbotsford, BC

Sofina Foods Inc. - Establishment 060 - Wynyard, SK

Sofina Foods Inc. - Establishment 132 - Calgary, AB

Sofina Foods Inc. - Establishment 092D - Port Coquitlam, BC

Sunnymel L.P. - Establishment 66 - Claire, NB

Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. - Establishment 314 - Surrey, BC

Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. - Establishment 591 - Lethbridge, AB

Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. - Establishment 545 - Coquitlam, BC

Sure Fresh Foods Inc. - Establishment 071 - Bradford, ON

T & R Sargent Farms Limited - Establishment P351 - Milton, ON

United Poultry Company Ltd. - Establishment 341 - Vancouver, BC

Volaille Giannone Inc. - Establishment 089 - St-Cuthbert, QC