Canada's hatching eggs industry

... at a glance

  • The Canadian Hatching Egg Producers are the national representatives for the broiler hatching egg industry in Canada.
  • In 2022, the 235 broiler hatching egg producers in Canada produced over 850 million broiler hatching eggs, generating 461.3 million dollars in farm cash receipt, 0.5% of farm cash receipts in Canada. Ontario and Quebec production totaled 60% of Canada’s total.
  • According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), about 98 hatcheries are licensed in Canada for different purposes (for example: research, breeding stock, commercial production and vaccines) and various species including broiler chicken, egg type, turkey, waterfowl, and game birds. Among these regulated hatcheries, 45 are broiler hatcheries, 16 laying egg hatcheries and 9 turkey hatcheries, with some licensed for multiple species.
  • In 2022, Canadian broiler hatcheries placed a total of 816 million chicks.
  • The production allocation of broiler hatching eggs, under the supply management system, relies on both domestic requirements, and a predictable level of imports subject to import controls such as Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ’s), and policies pertaining to supplemental imports.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 2022 imports of hatching eggs for chicken, turkey, egg, and other poultry sectors were valued at $92 million, mostly destined for the broiler market.
  • Meanwhile, exports were valued at $7.4 million to many countries, including the US, Russia, Brazil and Chile. Exports consisted primarily of turkey stocks, as Canada has developed expertise in the field of turkey genetics.



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