Canadian Eggs

Naturally packaged perfection

Eggs have been called "the nearest thing to a perfect food," and with good reason. They're stuffed with nutrients, they're easy to cook and endlessly adaptable, and they taste delicious. Who can resist a fluffy cheese and vegetable frittata hot from the pan, an egg salad sandwich made with fresh-baked bread, or a simple boiled egg with creamery butter?

Canadians certainly can't, which may be why we produce so many eggs — 7 billion in 2005, with a market value of $717 million. Of this total, 6.3 billion, with a value of $514.5 million, were for human consumption. We've been exporting eggs since the 1940s, when we began supplying them by the millions to the United Kingdom.

Nowadays, Canada's egg exports are almost all in the form of processed eggs, which we ship to more than 20 countries. Processed eggs have a wide spectrum of uses and are essential for manufacturing many foods and non-food products such as mayonnaise, noodles, baked goods, pet foods, shampoo and adhesives. Several important biochemicals are also derived from eggs and are used in applications ranging from biological testing to geriatric feeding formulas.

Healthy, clean and safe

Processed egg products, especially when made from whole eggs, contain many essential nutrients including all nine essential amino acids, several vitamins (eggs are among the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D) and a number of minerals. Canadian eggs are produced in healthy and environmentally responsible conditions, so that our customers can have full confidence in the quality, cleanliness and safety of our processed eggs. Our laying hens, for example, are vaccinated to prevent illness, but they aren't treated with hormones or with antibiotics — they receive medication only if they're ill and only from a veterinarian.

Moreover, Canadian egg farmers must adhere to the Start Clean—Stay Clean™ program, which is monitored by federal government inspectors and complies with internationally-recognized safety standards. In addition to these safeguards, inspectors from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regularly check egg grading and egg processing stations to verify compliance with food safety regulations and product standards.

Taste the Canadian difference

You can trust the versatility, quality and safety of Canadian egg products. For further information on Canada's egg industry, please visit:

Government websites

Industry websites


Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0407) - ($CAD)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked 34,107,420 28,491,105 35,797,092 45,484,907 33.4%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0407) - (Quantity, Dozen)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked 3,566,600 3,188,990 2,807,201 3,751,149 5.2%

 

Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Code 0407, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 3,427,328 2,509,413 2,256,148 4,053,335
Feb 2,800,643 2,334,889 2,069,063 4,251,010
Mar 3,408,153 2,325,682 2,393,885 4,676,919
Apr 2,735,450 2,025,570 3,692,141 3,879,907
May 3,020,805 2,223,510 2,483,788 3,436,087
Jun 3,002,336 2,923,499 3,371,608 3,451,397
Jul 3,071,646 2,794,327 3,940,903 3,390,122
Aug 2,621,139 2,658,618 3,204,261 3,778,198
Sep 2,328,601 2,642,614 3,293,402 3,574,281
Oct 2,897,697 2,399,114 2,634,421 3,926,824
Nov 2,519,444 2,341,979 3,011,243 3,734,308
Dec 2,274,178 1,311,890 3,446,229 3,332,519
TOTAL 34,107,420 28,491,105 35,797,092 45,484,907
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Code 0407, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 4,538,142 77,493 0 0
British Columbia 541,014 559,059 511,197 514,520
Manitoba 748,073 828,143 487,122 739,039
New Brunswick 0 15,173 6,096 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 7,342 1,409 3,936 2,084
Nova Scotia 59,550 6,074 18,247 6,446
Ontario 27,596,381 26,538,811 33,264,132 42,515,932
Prince Edward Island 0 0 178,651 31,632
Québec 616,918 464,943 1,327,711 1,675,254
Canada's Top 10 Egg Markets
(HS Code 0407, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 34,107,420 28,491,105 35,797,092 45,484,907 33.4%
United States 18,890,406 14,810,982 13,894,729 19,388,333 2.6%
Germany 2,012,859 2,964,876 8,091,565 10,994,257 446.2%
Turkey 4,664,593 3,228,545 3,034,075 4,496,495 -3.6%
Russia 2,183,929 2,027,434 2,770,621 3,728,153 70.7%
Poland 2,040,319 2,363,862 3,326,289 2,981,189 46.1%
Chile 1,167,551 1,435,507 1,553,823 1,373,676 17.7%
Austria 994,675 104,911 933,280 769,320 -22.7%
Croatia 814,654 677,527 681,732 702,558 -13.8%
Netherlands 220,340 204,937 113,985 331,451 50.4%
Brazil 307,928 205,624 679,152 181,105 -41.2%