The Honest Egg: with an egg, what you see is exactly what you get. We think our industry should work the same way. Pure. Simple. And always honest.

Until the 1940s, the production of eggs in B.C. was typically a spin-off of other general farming activities. The number of flock owners was quite large while flock sizes tended to be small. Egg prices fluctuated widely from time to time. In times of low egg prices, many farmers simply stopped producing eggs.
Things began to change in the late 1940s and early 1950s when interest in production improvements led to a tendency toward larger operations, a trend that continued into the 1960s. The introduction of new production methods and facilities, ranging from genetic improvement in laying stock and improved hen health through more hygienic housing systems to automated processing and increased food safety, further served to reduce the number of egg farmers and to increase the capital investment needed for egg production and processing.          
Supply often surpassed consumer demand which resulted in producer prices sagging well below the cost of production. The combination of constant price fluctuations and the ever-present threat of production losses caused great instability and lack of confidence for the future of egg farmers. The year 1966 was particularly disastrous for the BC egg industry.

At farmers’ request, a plebiscite was held in mid-1967 under provincial government auspices. Egg farmers voted 73% in favour of the Marketing Board Plan that had been presented by a joint poultry committee in 1966.

BC Egg became a legal entity by Order in Council No. 2263 on July 13th, 1967 - the first egg marketing board in Canada with quota.

BC Egg's Board of Directors is composed of four elected Directors and an independent Chair appointed by the provincial government via Order in Council. The Board is charged with the stewardship of the BC Egg and its operations. BC Egg's principal “service” is to administer the national supply management system for eggs in B.C. BC Egg is vested with provincial and federal authority to impose and collect levies from its registered producers.

In February 2005, the Government of B.C. released best practices guidelines which now apply to all public sector B.C. organizations that are governed by a board to which appointments are made through the Government of B.C. by Order of Council. Although BC Egg is not technically captured by this definition, it will follow the spirit and intent of these best practices governance guidelines.


As part of BC Egg's Mission Statement we have committed to building trust with our stakeholders through transparency. To track our progress in this area we will follow a concrete plan, as below:

Transparency Plan 

BC Egg Governance Manual

BCEMB Board Meeting Minutes