Soybean Processing in Canada

Canadian oilseed processors transform soybeans into value-added products for domestic and export markets.

Growing capacity

Canadian oilseed processors handle more than 1.4 million tonnes of soybeans in an average year.

The three major soybean processing plants are located in Ontario (Windsor and Hamilton) and Quebec (Bécancour). Together, they have the capacity to process about 10,000 tonnes of oilseeds per day, including both soybeans and canola.

Smaller facilities provide cold press/solvent-free extraction through plants at Winkler, Manitoba, Beloeil, Quebec and Winchester, Ontario.

Growing range of products and uses

Processors provide products for a number of markets, including:

  • Oil (mostly for food but also for a growing range of bioproduct uses)
  • Protein
  • Meal for livestock feed
  • Components such as lecithin, tocopherols, plant sterols and soap stock

Canada is seizing new bioscience opportunities for soybeans through Soy 20/20, an organization linking government, academic and industry partners. Soy 20/20 helps the industry identify value-added market opportunities and source the assistance needed to make those opportunities a reality.


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