Canada’s egg, poultry and dairy industries are an extremely valuable economic contributor to many communities across the country. Thanks to supply management, farming provides stability and growth which, on a provincial level, is especially vital to rural Alberta. Together, these supply managed industries create jobs, support local businesses, provide municipal, provincial and federal tax revenue, and contribute to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.
Here is a more detailed look at the economic impact of the egg and poultry industries across Canada (2013).
Economic impact of Alberta’s egg industry (2013)
- Registered egg farmers in Alberta: 159
- Registered pullet growers in Alberta: 120
- Registered grading stations in Alberta: 5
- Farm cash receipts: $78 million
- Gross Domestic Production (egg farmers): $72 million
- Gross Domestic Production (egg farmers & graders): $112 million
- Total # jobs created directly by egg farmers: 757
- Total # jobs created directly/indirectly by egg farmers: 1,542
- Total # jobs created directly/indirectly by egg farmers & graders: 1,651
- Feed purchased (tonnes): 70,756
- Federal, provincial and municipal tax payment by egg farmers: $17.3 million
- Federal, provincial and municipal tax payment by egg farmers & graders: $37.4 million
- Total annual economic activity: $337 million