From Statistics Canada’s Agriculture at a Glance
The structure of agriculture has changed significantly over the last two decades with fewer but larger farms. While there were 280,043 farms in 1991, according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, that number had gradually declined to 205,730 by 2011. Since 1991, the average farm area has increased from 198 to 778 acres, while the number of farm operators decreased from 390,875 to 293,925, a 24.8% drop. Over the same period, the average age of farm operators increased from 47.5 to 54.0 years.