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|
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 15, 2021
Quota Exchange QE2-21, which was launched on March 9, 2021, has received 1 eligible application to sell 4,000 layers of quota. EFA is now accepting offers to purchase. The deadline to submit an Application to Purchase quota for QE2-21 is May 13, 2021.