Consolidated Order

The Consolidated Order of BC Egg formally defines the mandatory and enforceable directions and policies to which all registered egg producers must comply and by which BC Egg operates and regulates the provincial egg industry. The Consolidated Order is backed by provincial and federal legislation governing the production, transportation, packing, storage, and marketing of all eggs in B.C.

Consolidated Order of November 1, 2017

*** NOTE: This electronic version of the Consolidated Order is not the official version. It is strictly for private study or research purposes only. BC Egg does not warrant the accuracy or the completeness of this electronic version and in no event will BC Egg be liable or held responsible for damages of any kind arising out of the use of the Consolidated Order.

Persons who need to rely on the text of the Consolidated Order for legal and other purposes may request in writing the official version from the BC Egg office.

The BCEMB undertook a core review in 2014 and identified 7 key areas where our current policies may not reflect the current market and needs of our stakeholders.  Producers took the opportunity to provide feedback to our policy directions in early 2016.  In addition, there have been many changes within the industry and how it operates.  As a result, a complete review of the Consolidated Orders has been conducted.


On June 28, 2016 staff sent the Consolidated Orders Review survey to all registered and small lot producers, inviting them to comment on the proposed changes. Reminders were sent by email to all producers who had not responded every two weeks until the survey closed on August 31, 2016. A total of 49 responses were received; 48 registered producers and 1 small lot producer. A summary of the responses and the comments received for each questions is available here.

 Specialty Egg Production Manual 

For many years BC’s specialty producers followed the 2003 National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets and Laying Hens and the Interim Codes of Practice for the care and handling of egg laying hens. These national Codes of Practice strive to promote acceptable standards of care for animals in such a way that achieves a workable balance between the welfare needs of animals and the capabilities of farmers. This code briefly discussed the requirements for free run hens, but it did not go into great detail.  

In 2016, BC specialty egg producers and the BC Egg Marketing Board started the process to develop the BC-specific specialty egg production standards. Before the new standards were developed, a survey was sent to all specialty egg producers to ask about their standard management practices. The survey also provided opportunity to obtain a better grasp of current practices and create an open channel for discussion with the producers. Nearly 70% of specialty farms responded to the survey and producers were engaged and open to developing a set of standards unique to BC. 
BC’s own standards will ensure that all free run and free range producers within the province of BC adhere to the same animal care standards. The new standards were developed using the drafted revised code of practice as a starting point. The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) Animal Care Program, EFC Start Clean Stay Clean Program, and the BC Poultry Biosecurity Program were utilized as much as possible in order to reduce duplication between the programs. 

The Specialty Egg Production Manual brings together specialty egg production elements from the national Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets and Laying Hens, Egg Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care Program, and the new BC specialty egg production standards. 

The Specialty Egg Production Manual is available here.

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