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Farm and farm operator data, 2011

Released: 2014-11-17

2011 Census of Agriculture

All 2011 farm and farm operator data are now available in CANSIM. Previously released on May 10, 2012, these data are now offered in a more convenient and accessible format.

In the May 10, 2012 release, it was noted that Canada had 205,730 census farms in 2011, down 10.3% (or 23,643 farms) from the previous census.

Between 2006 and 2011, the average size of Canadian farms increased 6.9% from 728 acres to 778 acres. In Saskatchewan, the average farm size increased 15.1% to 1,668 acres, the largest increase in the country.

There were 293,925 farm operators reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, down 10.1% from 2006, in line with the decreasing number of farms. In 2011, 48.3% of operators were aged 55 or over, compared with 40.7% in 2006. There were 213,265 (72.6%) male and 80,665 (27.4%) female operators.

  Note to readers

Farm and farm operator data from the 2011 Census of Agriculture provide information on all farm and farm operator variables for 2011 to the census consolidated subdivision level.

Farm variables include: number and type of farms; crop and land use areas; land management practices; organic products; numbers of livestock and poultry; farm machinery and equipment; computer use; farm capital; and farm operating expenses and receipts.

Farm operator variables include: age, sex, residence status, farm and non-farm work.

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