| CANADIAN SUGAR INDUSTRY
Canada’s sugar industry has been a significant contributor
to the Canadian economy since the early 1800s. The industry was
founded on importing raw cane sugar for refining at Canada’s
major ports and expanded to producing and processing sugar beets,
principally in the prairie region. Since its inception, the industry
has operated under world market conditions and continues to provide
Canadians with a reliable supply of high quality, low cost refined
The Canadian sugar industry directly employs 1,500 Canadians in
four provinces -- Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia,
and indirectly supports hundreds of sugar beet farmers in Alberta.
Efficient sugar production has further contributed to the development
of a vibrant, value-added food processing sector, indirectly supporting
close to 100,000 Canadian jobs in sugar using manufacturing industries.