Canada is one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of malting barley and malt to the global market place.   In 2014-15, the CMBTC estimates that grain handlers and malt companies selected over 2 million tonnes of Canadian malting barley for sales to domestic and export markets. According to Statistics Canada data, Canada exported 1.1 million tonnes of malting barley worth CDN $381 million, and 600,000 tonnes of malt worth CDN $418 million in 2014-15 (July/June). Domestically Canadian brewers use about 230,000 tonnes of malt per year to make 18.5 million hectoliters of beer.

Overall the malting barley, malt and brewing industries contribute significantly to the Canadian economy typically generating over CDN $1 billion annually in direct sales alone from domestic and international markets.   The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre provides support to the malting barley value chain to assist the Canadian industry in the supplying high-quality product to the global malting and brewing sectors.


In collaboration with our partners, our vision is to help ensure Canada is a leader in supplying high-quality malting barley to the global malting and brewing industries, meeting the needs of our customers around the world.


To support the commercialization of Canadian malting barley and malt through applied research and analysis at the CMBTC’s state-of-the-art Pilot Malting and Pilot Brewing facilities.


  • Evaluate New Crop Malting Barley – Evaluate quality of new crop Canadian malting barley annually.   Results communicated to members and customers to optimize barley performance in commercial malting and brewing operations.
  • Evaluate New Varieties – Evaluate quality attributes of newly registered Canadian malting barley varieties and their suitability for particular end-user requirements in the malting and brewing industries as well as for niche market opportunities.
  • Technical Support & Education – Provide customer education, training, technical support and problem-solving for members and customers in the malting and brewing industries domestically and internationally.
  • Research & Market Development – Collaborate with members and other partners on market-linked applied research projects. Communicate research results to members and customers to ensure optimal performance of Canadian malting barley.

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