Prospective Farmers

Prospective Farmers

There are three classifications of egg farming in BC:  Backyard Flock Producers, Small Lot Producers, and Registered Producers.


Backyard Flock Producers: Farmers with 0-99 hens.

No quota or registration is required for Backyard Flock Producers as long as the number of hens does not exceed 99. For information on selling ungraded eggs, click here.

Small Lot Producers: Farmers with 100-399 hens.

To become a Small Lot Producer, simply register through the Small Lot Program.  Small Lot Producers do not require quota.

Registered Producers: Farmers with 400+ quota hens.

To become a registered producer, you must be issued quota from the BC Egg Marketing Board. There are three ways to obtain quota, and become a Registered Producer:

  1. Purchase through the Quota Exchange
    A Quota Exchange is conducted multiple times a year and provides registered producers with a chance to sell some of his/her quota if they choose.  Notice of a pending Quota Exchange is published on the BC Egg website (click here) at least 21 days in advance of the date on which the Quota Exchange is to be held.  The process is held in accordance with Part VI of the Consolidated Order (click here to view).
  1. Purchase a Going Concern Sale
    When a registered producer wants to sell their farm and quota, it is conducted through a Going Concern Sale.  This process can occur any time of the year and is not posted on our website.
  1. Win a New Producer Program draw
    See below for more information on the 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.   The program was reviewed, amended, and will be implemented in August 2019.  To review the program, click here.


The next NPP draw is not expected until mid 2021.  Future new entrant draws will be posted on this page 28 days prior to the application being posted.  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.


Past NPP Results

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