Statistics Canada publishes data on "food available for consumption" (i.e. disappearance or availability), including data for sugars and syrups made from sugar cane or sugar beets. These data reflect the total amount entering the market, regardless of final use. This data also accounts for Canada-US trade in sugar containing products, recognizing the significant trade surplus in sugar exported in food products.

Sugar disappearance data provides a basis for examining food consumption changes over time (trends). It is not a measure of actual sugar consumption because it does not account for losses at the retail level, in households, restaurants or institutions during storage and prepraration, or for unconsumed food. 

Statistics Canada data for refined sugar indicates that per capita availability decreased between 1994 and 2018 from 38 kg to 30 kg per person per year. Actual consumption, using the Statistics Canada/USDA 41% waste adjustment factor1, is estimated to have declined from 22.3 kg to 17.8 kg per person per year (a decline from 61 g to 49 g per person per day). 

1Hall KD, Guo J, Dore M, Chow CC. The progressive increase of food waste in America and its environmental impact. PLoS One 2009, 4, e7940.; USDA, ERS, Food Availability: Loss-Adjusted Food. https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-availability-per-capita-data-system/loss-adjusted-food-availability-documentation/

Sugar Disappearance, Canada (kg per capita) kg per person
1994 38.0
1995 36.2
1996 36.1
1997 36.1
1998 33.2
1999 33.8
2000 34.5
2001 34.3
2002 34.4
2003 34.2
2004 34.0
2005 32.5
2006 30.5
2007 30.3
2008 31.2
2009 31.7
2010 29.8
2011 30.3
2012 29.1
2013 30.5
2014 30.2
2015 29.5
2016 29.5
2017 30.0
2018 30.3

SOURCE: Statistics Canada
 

NOTES:

  • Domestic supply is equal to production, imports and beginning stocks, less exports and ending stocks.
  • Statistics Canada data takes into account imports and exports of sugar in sugar containing products.
  • Sugar disappearance is not equal to actual sugar consumption.