Discovering and sharing the diverse flavours of B.C. food with family and friends brings us closer to the roots of our communities. There’s a unique story to be told behind the local food and beverages you serve at home or taste at restaurants across the province,– a story of tradition, innovation, passion, and perseverance from farmers, ranchers and processors. It is the hard work of thousands of British Columbians that results in our long-lasting memories of enjoying, and appreciating the bounty of B.C. food.
B.C. produces over 200 primary agriculture products and over 100 types of seafood most of these B.C. products are available year-round.
B.C.’s agrifood and seafood sector provides more than 63,000 jobs. That’s 1 in 40 working British Columbians.
Most B.C.farms and processing plants are small businesses and operate with less than 20 employees.
B.C. has over 17,500 farms and almost 2,900 food and beverages processing establishments.
1/3 of B.C. farms are less than 10 acres each. 100 of these farms would fit into Stanley Park.
In 2018, B.C.’s agriculture, seafood and food and beverage processing industry generated a record $15 billion in sales – that’s 2% of B.C.’s GDP!
Of total agriculture and seafood sectors sales in 2018, 68% sales was from the food and beverage processing sector, 23% was from primary agriculture, and 8.6% was from primary seafood*.
Find out more about what is produced in B.C., how certain foods are made and how local food travels from farms to your table.