The poultry industry is a major contributor to Canada’s economy, producing poultry products worth $3.8 billion and contributing 7.1 percent of cash receipts to farming operations in 2012. In addition to the almost 5,000 commercial poultry and egg producers in Canada, a large number of businesses are associated with these production activities. As well, in 2012, Canada exported more than 14.4 million to 24 countries and more than 28.3 million hatching eggs, worth more than 38.6 million, to 19 countries and 9.9 kilograms of processed eggs worth approximately 19.3 million.