New Entrant Program

Egg Farmers of Alberta’s New Entrant Program (NEP) was developed and launched in 2012. EFA recognizes that it is vital to the long-term sustainability of the egg industry that new farmers and new investments are encouraged. The NEP was established in order to assist individuals and families who want to own and operate an egg farm in Alberta, by issuing a portion of newly allocated egg quota to successful applicants, thereby alleviating some of the producer’s start-up costs. EFA’s NEP provides an excellent opportunity for anyone with a passion for egg farming and a desire to join our industry!


How does the New Entrant Program work?

Canada’s egg industry operates under the uniquely Canadian system of supply management and registered egg producers require quota to operate. Whenever new quota is allocated, Egg Farmers of Alberta will set aside 10% of each allocation for the New Entrant Program quota pool. EFA will provide public notice of the amount of quota that is available for the NEP. Quota will be issued in lots of up to 1,500 birds.

New entrant quota will be issued at no cost, but new entrants must pay the over base user fee and levy. Successful applicants will be required to meet all requirements established by EFA and will have up to two years to activate the quota in their own facilities. For the first 10 years, new entrant quota will be renewed annually through EFA and cannot be transferred or sold. At the end of the 10 year period, the new entrant quota will be officially allocated to the producer.

For more details about the New Entrant Program and eligibility requirements, please review the NEP Policy.

Who is eligible to apply for the New Entrant Program?

In order to be considered an eligible applicant for Egg Farmers of Alberta’s New Entrant Program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Be a permanent resident of Alberta;
  • Not be a current or past quota holder

* Please refer to the NEP Policy for a complete, detailed list of eligibility requirements

How to apply for the New Entrant Program?

Interested parties must complete and submit a New Entrant Plan application form to the Egg Farmers of Alberta Board of Directors, along with a comprehensive business plan and a $1,000 fee (+GST).

Full application details will be made available whenever the application window is open.

How are New Entrant Program recipients chosen?

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility and evaluated by a selection committee, which will be comprised of Egg Farmers of Alberta Directors and staff, with advice provided by independent experts when appropriate. Quota will be issued in lots of up to 1,500 birds. If the total number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of lots available, a draw will be held to determine the NEP allotment.

When are New Entrant Program applications due and when are recipients chosen?

Whenever new quota is allocated, Egg Farmers of Alberta will provide public notice of the amount of quota that is available for the New Entrant Program and what the NEP timelines are.

NEP Timeline:

Quota Allocation Announcement Date

  • EFA will publish NEP timelines and amount of available new entrant quota on EFA website

Application Start Date

  • EFA will issue a news release to publically announce NEP timelines and amount of available new entrant quota
  • NEP cycle will officially open and applications will start being accepted by EFA

Application Deadline

  • All NEP applications are due by this date; no applications will be accepted after this date

Recipient Announcement Date

  • EFA will issue a news release to announce the successful applicant(s) who will receive new entrant quota

New Entrant Program

The New Entrant Program is currently closed.

Please check back later and sign up for alerts from our News page, for future updates about the New Entrant Program.

NEP Timelines

TBD Quota Allocation Announcement Date
TBD NEP Application Start Date
TBD NEP Town Hall Telephone Update
TBD NEP Application Deadline
TBD NEP Recipient Announcement Date
TBD NEP Recipient Welcome Reception

 

NEP Review

Egg Farmers of Alberta initiated a review of the New Entrant Program in December 2015, soliciting feedback from a wide spectrum of over 100 stakeholders.  The review was intended to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the NEP and its processes, to provide guidance to the EFA Board as they review and update the New Entrant Program.

For more details about the NEP review process and feedback, please read the New Entrant Program Review Summary.