The Maple Syrup Industry in Numbers

Québec Maple Syrup Producers carefully tracks and compiles statistics about the state of the maple industry within the context of the Canadian and American industries. Through tables and figures, you can see what our maple producers and organization accomplish in economic terms.

  • Québec accounts for an average 72% of the world’s maple syrup supply.
  • Québec accounts for an average 90% of Canadian maple syrup production.
  • Québec’s maple syrup industry contributes $1.1 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Maple production contributes to the economic vitality of the regions, creating 12,600 full-time equivalent jobs.
  • The maple industry pays $235 million in annual taxes to Québec and Canada.
  • 85% of Québec’s maple syrup is exported to more than 60 countries.
  • The average annual production volume of maple syrup is 150 million pounds. It peaked to 211 million pounds in 2022.
  • Québec will need an additional 120 million taps in production by 2080 to meet the demands of a booming international market.
  • There are 178 million taps potentially available for future production in Québec.
  • There are 57 million taps now in production in Québec.
  • As of 2022, there were 1,300 maple enterprises certified as organic in Québec, representing 21% of all maple producers.

Maple Production in Québec, Canada, and the United States 

2022 was a record year for maple production in Québec, with a harvest estimated at more than 211 million pounds of maple syrup, representing an average yield of 4.26 pounds per tap.

As of 2021, Québec was producing 71% of all maple syrup in the world.

The supply

Inventory of the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve and sales data are regularly updated and published weekly in the La Terre de chez nous trade journal.

Total Sales Agency Sales (in millions of pounds)

May 31, 2022
2022 42.10
2021 34.12
2022/2021 23.4%

Source : Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec.
Consignment not included.

Total Maple Syrup Inventory (in millions of pounds)

May 31, 2022
Total 25.83
% industrial 27.54

Source : Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec.

Canadian Exports

In 2021, Canada exported more than 160 million pounds of maple syrup, worth more than $590 Million. This represents an increase of 19.2% compared to 2020.

You can see how exports have trended over the past 10 years in our annual publication of statistics published each year.

Our Main Export Markets

QMSP invests a great deal of energy and financial resources in the marketing and promotion of Canadian maple products to nations abroad. These primary export markets are the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan.

Economic Impacts (Direct, Indirect, and Induced), in Millions of Dollars, of the Operations of the Québec Maple Syrup Industry in 2020

Overall in 2020, the operations of Québec’s maple syrup industry created and supported 10,878 full-time equivalent jobs, contributed nearly $979 million to the national GDP, and generated close to $199 million in tax and incidental tax revenues (not including rental fees for sugar bushes on public lands) for the various levels of government.

Of the three types of economic activity associated with the Québec maple syrup industry, production contributes the most to GDP and employment, representing more than 70% of total economic impact.

Using 2020’s numbers, we can extrapolate 2022 results—without considering inflation and assuming the same profit and expenditure structure—for a conservative estimate that the Québec maple syrup industry creates and sustains 12,583 full-time equivalent jobs, contributes more than $1.13 billion to Canada’s GDP (including $958 million to Québec’s GDP), and generates $235 million in tax and incidental tax revenues.

You will find in detail, and by administrative region, the 2020 economic impact numbers for the Québec maple syrup industry in terms of jobs, GDP, and tax revenues at Economic Study 2020.

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