Egg Quota

Eggs quota photo

All egg production in Alberta – whether you have one hen or a thousand hens – falls under the provincial Marketing of Agricultural Products Act and regulations, including Egg Farmers of Alberta Plan Regulation (258/97) and Egg Production and Marketing Regulations (293/97).

In Alberta, any farmer with more than 300 laying hens must become a registered egg farmer and quota holder.   Egg production quota is allocated nationally by Egg Farmers of Canada.

Alberta Quota Allotment

Year (as of January 1st) Alberta’s Total Hen Allotment Alberta’s % of National Hen Allotment
2020 2,803,789 10.18%
20192,789,167 10.17%
20182,589,101 9.96%
20172,464,890 9.81%
20162,331,874 9.61%
20152,086,592 9.15%
20142,018,047 9.02%

Quota Exchange Program

EFA launched the provincial Quota Exchange Program in 2019, which was designed to ensure equal access to quota sales and transfers, with optimal accessibility and transparency to egg quota transactions in Alberta.

The details about EFA’s Quota Exchange Program can be found in OPP #9.34.

If you are interested in buying quota, please review and submit a completed Application to Purchase.

If you are interested in selling quota, please review and submit a completed Application to Sell.


Update: April 11, 2024 (QE2-24)

EFA is pleased to report that 3 eligible applications to sell 9,763 layers of quota have been received.  If you are interested in purchasing quota, please submit a completed application to purchase by the deadline of May 9, 2024.

Update: February 28, 2024 (QE1-24)

Quota Exchange QE1-24 has been completed without any successful buyers or sellers.  The Market Clearing Price was $719.07.

Update: October 12, 2023 (QE4-23)

EFA did not receive any eligible applications for quota sales, so Quota Exchange QE4-23 will not be run.

Update: August 24, 2023 (QE3-23)

EFA is pleased to announce that 5 successful buyers have purchased a total of 415 layers of quota from 2 successful sellers in Quota Exchange QE3-23.  The average price was $650.00.