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 concluded the 2021 New Producer Program. The program provided the opportunity for one eligible new producer to receive allocations of up to 3,000 units of layer quota.

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. 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.

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