Data and Statistics

 

Bison Producers:

The bison industry has experienced significant change which is evident in the 2011Bison Census.  This is clearly reflected where bison numbers and farms reporting bison have declined by over 36.0% over the five-year period.  By region the reduction rates are as follows: BC farms down by 41.3%, AB farms down by 34.3%, SK farms down by 41.0%, MB farms down by 34.9%, ON farms down by 15.5%, QC farms down by 34.8% and Maritimes farms down by 20.0%.

IThe number for bison animals shows a simular picture.  By region the reduction rates in bison population are as follows: BC bison population had decreased by 27.0%, AB population had decreased by 41.0%, SK animal population had decreased by 31.5%, MB population had decreased by 28.1%, ON bison population decreased by 43.5%, QC population had decreased by 44.9% and Maritimes bucked the trend by having their bison population increase by 7.3%.

 

Bison Population and Bison Farm Numbers-2011, 2006, 2001 and 1996 Census

# of Head 1996

# of Farms 1996

# of Head

2001

# of Farms 2001

# of Head 2006

# of Farms

2006

# of Head 2011
# of Farms 2011

British Columbia

6,245

57

8,964

98

12,656

121

9,206
71

Alberta

22,782

334

79,821

950

97,366

869

57,483
571

Saskatchewan

7,006

175

34,781

562

57,395

597

39,343
352

Manitoba

4,621

73

13,437

157

19,609

166

14,116
108

Ontario

2,344

46

3,755

58

4,106

71

2,320
60

Quebec

2,236

56

4,192

58

4,322

69

2,380
45

Maritimes

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

274

5

294
4

TOTAL

45,235

745

144,950

1,887

195,728

1,898

125,142
1,211

Source: Statistics Canada (Agricultural Census