New Producer Program

New Producer Program

The New Producer Program (NPP) was established with the intent to provide BC residents who have an interest in egg production and agriculture but are from outside the regulated supply chain, an opportunity to contribute to the sustainability and renewal of the regulated egg sector in BC.

To review the 2024 New Producer Program policy document, click here.

Future New Producer Program draws will be posted on this page a minimum of 28 days prior to the application deadline. To keep the process fair, no notification list is kept by BC Egg. Interested applicants should check this web page regularly to ensure they do not miss a future draw.

2024 New Producer Program Draw

Draw Update

June 28, 2024

The 2024 New Producer Program (NPP) Draw application deadline was June 3, 2024. Prior to the deadline, the BC Egg Marketing Board received five applications for the 2024 NPP from Small Lot Permit Holders located in the Interior region. Applicants were notified of their status on June 27/28, 2024.

 

Draw Participation

In 2024, BC Egg is conducting a New Producer Program Draw which may result in the selection of up to two applicants by random draw from the pool of qualifying applications.

The eligibility requirements for applicants are listed in Part IV of the 2023 BC Egg Marketing Board Consolidated Order.  In addition to the general qualifications, participation for the 2024 New Producer Program draw will be restricted to those applicants who are current, active Small Lot Permit Holders from any Region in BC excluding the Lower Mainland.

An Active Small Lot Permit Holder is a Small Lot Permit Holder who has housed hens and sold their resulting production for the majority of the 365 days preceding the 2024 New Producer Program application deadline.  To learn more about the program, please see the links below.

To learn more about the Small Lot Permit Holder Program, please click here.

To download the 2024 New Producer Program Application Form, please click here

 

2024 New Producer Program Draw Timeline

April 1, 2024 Program notification and applications start to be accepted
April 26, 2024 First webinar, 9:00 AM
May 9, 2024 Review committee selections presented to the Board
May 13, 2024 Second webinar, 2:30 PM
June 3, 2024 Submission deadline
June 10, 2024 Review process to commence
June, 2023 Formal interviews conducted if required
June 24, 2024 Board to receive a shortlist of final candidates
June 28, 2024 Formal review process to be complete and notification letters sent
July 29, 2024 Request for performance deposit (Min. of 30 days after eligibility letters)

*The above timeline is an approximate guideline that may be altered if there are appeals and/or other delays in the NPP draw process.

New Producer Program Information Session

BC Egg hosted two Zoom conference calls to provide an overview of the program and answer any questions applicants may have had. The calls were open to anyone interested in attending. The sessions occurred on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 26, 2024 at 9:00 AM
  • Monday, May 13, 2024 at 2:30 PM

For a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation made at the information sessions, please click here.

 

Updated July 2, 2024

2024 New Producer Program Objectives

Increasing Food Security within the Province

The 2024 NPP program is intended to improve food security within the province by ensuring reliable egg production in regions/areas where there may be insufficient production to meet local needs, beyond the Lower Mainland. These areas were identified through a regionality study conducted by BC Egg in 2019.

Producer Self-Sufficiency

To improve food security in outlying regions, producers acquiring quota through the 2024 NPP are intended to be self-sufficient as producer-vendors or producer-graders. They will need to market their own eggs in the region and manage their own off-grades/surpluses since it is not economical nor sustainable for commercial graders from other regions to pick up the eggs. The eggs are intended to remain in the region where they are produced to feed the community. With this in mind, producers in the new NPP must self-market a minimum of 75% of their egg production on a rolling average basis.

Producer Experience in Egg Production and Marketing

Applicants to the 2024 NPP will be limited to Small-Lot Permit holders in outlying regions who have developed their own markets and are seeking increases in hen numbers beyond 399 to meet growing demand in their region. Some of these permit holders already have their own grading stations and are ready to expand. These producers understand what is required of an egg farmer, including complying with the animal welfare and food safety programs delivered through BC Egg programs for Small Lot Permit holders.

 

For general questions, please contact Scott Miles, Operations Assistant at 604.854.4495.

Past New Producer Program Results

Past NPP Results

2023 New Producer Program Results

Congratulations to the winners, Christopher Grohmueller and Sajid Hameed!

Participation for the 2023 New Producer Program draw was restricted to those applicants who were current, active Small Lot Permit Holders from any region in BC excluding the Lower Mainland.  A comprehensive application assessment process was established to ensure fairness to all applicants. Qualifying applications were recommended to the Board for entry into a random draw; since only two eligible applications were received no draw was held and the opportunities were awarded to those applicants.

 

2021 NPP Results

Congratulations to the winner, Chelsea Keenan!

Participation for the 2021 New Producer Program draw was restricted to those applicants who were current, active Small Lot Permit Holders from any region in BC excluding the Lower Mainland.  A comprehensive application assessment process was established to ensure fairness to all applicants. Qualifying applications were recommended to the Board for entry into a random draw; however, only one eligible application was received.

 

2018 NPP Results

Congratulations to the winners of the BCEMB 2018 Creston Valley Area of South, Central, and East Kootenays New Producer Program, the winners are:

  • Angela and Patrick Bartel
  • Nancy and Grant Goossen

The NPP process was intended to be conducted by a random draw from the pool of eligible applicants to determine two (2) new entrants in the Creston Region; because only two families qualified for this draw, no random draw was required because each family was only eligible to receive one allotment of NPP quota.

 

2016 NPP Results

January 11, 2017 Draw Announcement

2015 NPP Results

October 22, 2015 Draw Announcement