As Canadians, one of the things we love most about our country is its unity in diversity. Every province and every city has its own flavour, but at the end of the day, there is so much that unites us as Canadians. Just like our country, Canadian egg farming looks very similar from province to province, with a bit of local flavour. With that in mind, let’s take a tour of egg farming in Canada from coast to coast to coast… starting with Ontario and Québec!
More than 60% of Canadians live in these provinces.1 It’s no surprise then that most egg farmers are also found here. There are nearly 450 egg farms in these two provinces, and the industry collectively employs more than 8,600 people.
For anyone who thinks rural Canada’s impact on the overall economy is small, think again. Altogether Central Canadian egg farming adds a whopping half a billion dollars to Canada’s GDP, and nearly $150 million in tax revenues. Like all Canadians, we are proud to chip in our tax dollars to help build schools, hospitals and a social safety net Canadians can rely on.
But the commitment of our farmers to their communities goes even further than that. Egg Farmers of Ontario, for instance, works with partners to donate $250,000 worth of eggs to food banks across the province—about 12,000 dozen eggs per month every year. Ontario egg farmers also donate thousands of dollars for local schools to supply eggs and purchase the equipment needed to serve them.2
Meanwhile, La belle province’s Fédération des producteurs d’œufs du Québec is a long-time partner of the Fondation OLO.3 The Fondation looks to help children get a good start in life by supporting better their nutrition and healthy eating habits.4 Since 2002 the Fédération has raised more than $620,000 in support of this impressive charity.5
These are just a few examples of the support and dedication that Canadian egg farmers have for their communities—and our egg tour of Canada is only getting started!
Coming soon: Atlantic Canada and Western Canada.