Businesses in British Columbia’s agrifoods sector serve the global marketplace. With B.C.’s diverse and growing selection of agrifood products including Canadian wine and seafood, an international reputation for high food safety standards, and a favourable location for international shipping, B.C.’s agrifoods sector is well-positioned for growth and investment in both existing and new markets. 

Key Facts

B.C. food and beverage
manufacturing companies
Revenue in 2015 $13 billion
Exports in 2015 $3.5 billion
Workforce 56,800


Key Advantages

Innovative growers and producers are breaking new ground, focusing on high-quality, value-added products and exploring niche markets at home and abroad.
Rich production potential – Fertile growing conditions and a diverse geography and climate support a variety of commodities, from marine and range products to soft fruits and flowers.
High food standards – B.C. is recognized globally for our high-quality food products and safety standards.
Innovation – B.C's agrifoods sector is flexible and resilient. We utilize modern infrastructure and the latest research and technologies developed in collaboration across industry, government, and academia.
Global markets – Markets for British Columbia food products are growing rapidly in China, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Transportation advantages – Proximity to Asia result in lower shipping costs and shorter travel times than from competing suppliers.  , Duty-free access to the United States and Mexico, seamlessly connect to North American economic centres by secure, reliable transportation networks.
Skilled workforce – A skilled and experienced local workforce is supported by job training, recruitment, and temporary foreign worker programs.
Positive business climate Business advantages include tax credits, funding programs and  low cost of doing business.

Watch this short video on British Columbia’s Agrifoods advantages.

Agrifood & Seafood Snapshot

British Columbia’s geography and climate allow producers to cultivate a wide array of agrifood and seafood products. 
Steady growth – In 2015, total farm cash receipts generated by British Columbia’s agriculture sector rose 4.5 per cent to $3.07 billion.
Varied agricultural production – A wide variety of farm products are produced, including dairy, cattle, poultry, tree fruits, vegetables, berries, grapes, mushrooms, bulbs, ornamental flowers, and shrubs.
Value from the sea – B.C. companies exported $1.3 billion worth of seafood products to 80 different markets in 2016.
Commercial fisheries and aquaculture British Columbia is known worldwide for its wild and farmed salmon. Other seafood products include groundfish, shellfish, herring, and marine plants.
Alcoholic beverages – British Columbia has long been recognized for its award-winning wines. More recently, the province is attracting international interest in craft-brewed ciders, beers, and spirits.
Diverse food processing industry – A wide range of agricultural and seafood products supports a varied food processing industry. While fish, dairy, poultry, meat, and beverages dominate production, value-added specialty food products are increasing. Consumer interest in safe, high-quality and sustainably produced food drives growth and innovation in this industry.
Global access – B.C's highly integrated transportation system makes it easy to access high-quality agriculture products and to ship fresh, value-added products worldwide.

Sector Supports


British Columbia offers general incentives to businesses investing here. Learn more about our business incentives.

Support Programs for the Agrifoods Industry

In addition to general business programs, British Columbia offers specific programs for the agrifoods sector. See the Growing Forward 2 program for information on supports for your agribusiness investment in British Columbia. It includes:

  • Agrifood BC Platform - provide information and marketing tools for the agrifood chain. Learn about the Agrifood BC platform.
  • B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Export Program - Eligible businesses and associations can apply for funding to participate in international market development activities. Learn more about the BC Agrifood & Seafood Export Program.
  • B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Preparedness Program - Eligible businesses and associations can apply for funding to conduct market research and planning activities to take advantage of new market opportunities. Learn about the B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Preparedness Program.
  • Beneficial Management Practices Program - Farm operations can apply for financial incentives to implement actions identified in on-farm environmental action plans. Visit the Beneficial Management Practices Program page for more information.
  • Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program - Eligible recipients can apply for funding to support late stage research, pilot and pre-commercial demonstration projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, processes, practices and technologies in B.C. Learn more about the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program.
  • Environmental Farm Plan Program - Farm operations can apply for assistance to complete agri-environmental risk assessments. Visit the Environmental Farm Plan Program page to learn more.
  • Farm business Advisory Services - Agriculture producers can access financial analysis and specialized business planning services. Visit the Farm Business Advisory Services  site.
  • Farm Business Speaker Program - Agricultural associations can apply for funding to host farm business management speakers at industry events. Learn more about the Farm Business Speaker Program.
  • First Nations Agriculture Business Development - First Nations communities can access agricultural opportunities assessments and business planning services. Visit the First Nations Agriculture Business Development page.
  • BC Food Safety Systems & Traceability - helps ensure food safety and quality, with financial incentives to implement food safety management and tracing systems. Learn about the BC Food Safety Systems & Traceability program.
  • Premises ID - Livestock and poultry premises can register for the BC Premises Identification Program in support of the National Agriculture and Food Traceability System. Learn more about Premises ID.
  • Traceability Speaker Funding - Agriculture organizations and associations can apply for funding to host educational events on traceability principles, systems and technologies. Learn more about Traceability Speaker Funding.
  • Environmental Farm Planning - helps improve farm profitability by improving environmental practices, including financial incentives for implementation. See how Environmental Farm Planning can support your agribusiness investment.

The Growing Forward initiative offers three new programs:

  • AgriInnovation - supports research and development in innovative products and practices.
  • AgriCompetitiveness - will make investments to help adapt to market changes
  • AgriMarketing - will make investments that help promote Canadian products in international markets


Two of the most recent opportunities in Agrifoods for Investments & Partnerships.

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