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 and amended with revisions implemented in June, 2021.
Click here to view the pertinent Amending Order.
To review the New Producer Program policy document, click here.

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.

New Producer Program Draw 2021

BC Egg has launched the 2021 New Producer Program. The program will provide the opportunity for two new producers to receive allocations of up to 3,000 units of layer quota. Participation for the 2021 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.

A comprehensive application assessment process has been established to ensure fairness to all applicants. Qualifying applications will be recommended to the Board for entry into a random draw. The full application assessment process is available in the 2021 New Producer Program Policy and Procedures document and Part IV of the British Columbia Egg Marketing Board Consolidated Order.

The program application form can be downloaded here.

Timeline for the New Producer Program Draw

  • Jul 6, 2021 – Program Notification and first date for applications to be accepted
  • Jul 21, 2021, 9:00 am – First Information Session (via Zoom)
    • To view the PDF presentation from this information session, including FAQs, please click here.
  • Aug 5, 2021, 9:00 am – Second Information Session (via Zoom)
  • Sep 7, 2021, 4:00 pm – Submission deadline
  • Sep 20, 2021 – Formal review process to be complete and notification letters sent
  • Oct 4, 2021 – Formal interviews conducted if required
  • Nov 8, 2021 – Request for performance deposit
  • Dec 8, 2021 – Performance deposit due
  • Dec 22, 2021 – Draw to be conducted – 2 applicants will be selected for the 2021 New Producer Program Draw

The deadline for application was 4:00 pm, Tuesday September 7, 2021.


2021 New Producer Program Draw Updates

September 20, 2021

The Review Committee, which consists of four well-respected and knowledgeable industry representatives, met to review and score applications.  Three applications were deemed non-qualifying and one application was deemed as qualifying.


September 13, 2021

At the time of the submission deadline, four applications were received by the BC Egg Marketing Board. Three applications were received from the Interior and one application was received from the Lower Mainland. We are undergoing the review process and further updates will be provided shortly.


For further information contact: Joey Aebig, Manager Operations and Logistics, or Scott Miles, Operations Assistant.



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