Check out our factsheet on why we think backyard hens should be allowed in North Bay.

Backyard Hens in North Bay: Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve also sent correspondence to the City of North Bay on this issue:

2019 Backyard Hens letter to City of North Bay

Position Statement on Backyard Hens

The Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable supports local food policies and zoning bylaws that promote safe, local food production. The Nipissing & Area Food Roundtable would be pleased to work with municipalities to develop policies that support local food production in our community.

Specifically, the Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable supports bylaws that permit the raising of backyard hens (no roosters) in residential areas. We also support that the hens and eggs be for household use only and that home slaughter be prohibited.

It has been well documented that backyard hens contribute to improvements in food literacy, the environment, health, and social well-being.


Harvest Haliburton. (2017). Submission to Minden Hills Planning and Development Committee Regarding Backyard Chickens.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. (2017). Board of Health Resolution #BOH/2017/04/01.