An analysis of the economic contributions of Manitoba’s pork sector shows the majority of agricultural and processing jobs in Manitoba are related to pork production.

An independent third-party analysis, that looked at the economic and social contributions of pork production and processing, was recently released by Manitoba Pork.

The study shows 55 percent of all agriculture and food processing jobs in Manitoba are tied to the hog sector, that the provincial hog sector contributes 22 thousand jobs across the province in both urban and rural communities, the hog sector contributes over 2.3 billion dollars to the provincial GDP annually and directly contributes 139 million dollars to the province in tax revenue and 87 million dollars in municipal tax revenue.

Rick Préjet, the chair of Manitoba Pork says the analysis shows the province’s hog sector is an economic powerhouse for communities both large and small.

The contributions of the hog farming and processing sectors are substantial providing jobs, opportunities for investments and capacity to expand the infrastructure that allows our communities to thrive. Because of the work we do every day, the provincial government and our municipalities can fund key priorities like health care, education and infrastructure. The growth and success of both urban and rural communities can be directly tied to hog farming and value-added processing.

We look forward to continuing our legacy of growth and sustainability in the coming years with the right conditions in place to expand local economies, build new barns and continue to employ over 22 thousand Manitobans. We will continue to partner with governments a ross our province to ensure our sector can support our communities for decades to come.

~ Rick Préjet, Manitoba Pork

Préjet notes over 40 new barn sites or expansions have been approved since 2017 across the province, adding over 200 million dollars in new private investment in primary agricultural production and Manitoba’s hog sector is attracting new value-added investment, such as the recent 182 million expansion of the Maple Leaf Foods bacon facility in Winnipeg, last week’s announcement of a 52.8 million dollars expansion at Winkler Meats and 35 million dollars invested by Topigs Norsvin on a new genetics facility just outside of Plumas.