So far this year, it’s up by 5.8 per cent from last year.
And given that border controls are more effective, thanks to being able to distinguish between spent hens (burned-out egg layers) and broilers (raised for meat), more of that chicken was grown by Canadian farmers and processed by Canadian workers.
Canadian production for the first half of this year increased by 6.7 per cent.
In Ontario it increased by 8.9 per cent, in British Columbia by 10.3 per cent, but in Quebec by only three per cent. Those three provinces are Canada’s leading chicken producers.