Last year, we started you on an egg tour of our country, showing our readers what this industry looks like from region to region. We began with Canada’s largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec. In part two, we move east to Atlantic Canada. These are Canada’s smallest provinces—only 6.6% of Canadians call them home.1 But there’s nothing small about the impact the egg industry has in the towns and villages of Atlantic Canada.
Over 1,200 jobs depend on our industry in this part of the country. More than $100 million is added to Canada’s GDP, and more than $30 million in tax revenues, all because of the egg farming industry in Atlantic Canada.2
Our Atlantic Canadian farmers are active citizens in their communities—and local leaders.
Egg Farmers of Newfoundland & Labrador is supporting organizations like Ronald McDonald House—in fact, they’ve adopted a family suite in one such house where families of sick or injured children can stay while kids receive care in the nearby hospital. Newfoundland & Labrador’s egg farmers also proudly sponsored the awards for the 2018 Bantam AAA Atlantic Hockey Championships.
Meanwhile, Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia are also supporting community programs across the province. The Cox Family of Seaview Poultry donated two cases of eggs to benefit the Canning and Area Food Bank’s community supper in 2017, while the Newcombes of Cornwallis Farms helped feed a hungry crowd at a local Lions Club community breakfast (alongside a donation to the Christmas hamper program).
New Brunswick egg farmers have taken a deep dive into school breakfast programs. Egg Farmers of New Brunswick partners with an amazing organization called the Oromocto Food Centre. Oromocto supports schools who do not have access to a cafeteria—they prepare eggs right at the Centre, and deliver directly to schools twice a week. Eggs offer New Brunswick students a kick of nutrition in their already-planned meals, which is so important for learning.
In Prince Edward Island, egg farmers are supporters of local food banks. Like their compatriots across Canada, they’re also boosting local school breakfast programs—like Wendy Burns, 7th generation farmer of Burns Poultry Farm, who volunteers at her daughter’s school.
Across Atlantic Canada and in every region of Canada, egg farmers work and give back in unique ways—but it’s what unites us across the nation that matters most. We are united by our commitment to strengthening our communities and delivering fresh, local eggs to Canadians from coast to coast to coast!
Our egg tour of Canada isn’t done yet! Last but certainly not least, we take you to Western Canada—from the flowing prairies of Manitoba to the mountain peaks and Pacific coasts of British Columbia. Stay tuned!
1 Statistics Canada
2 The 2015 Economic Impact of the Poultry and Egg Industries in Canada, October 2016, Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting Inc.