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Information for prospective egg farmers


Egg production in Canada is “supply managed,” meaning that farmers follow a consistent set of rules and standards and work together to match the amount they produce [supply] with what consumers want [demand].

This uniquely Canadian system ensures a stable market; consistent supply of fresh, local eggs that are affordable for consumers;  and a fair return to farmers, based on what it costs to produce eggs, thereby avoiding the need for government subsidies.

Commercial egg farmers must hold quota rights to produce and sell eggs. Provincial regulations limit unregulated egg production to a maximum of 299 laying hens per year before quota rights are required. Producers who wish to raise birds in excess of these limits must purchase quota to do so.

We recognize the importance of new farmers and new investments for the long-term sustainability of Saskatchewan’s egg industry. That’s why our New Entrant Program helps those who want to own and operate an egg farm. Through this program, we issue a portion of newly allocated egg quota to successful applicants, thereby alleviating some of the start-up costs.

Current status of the New Entrant Program: