The Nipissing & Area Food Roundtable has created a position on backyard hens:

Introduction

The Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable is a community-based group working towards the values outlined in the Nipissing and Area Food Charter: health and wellness, sustainable economic development, social equity, the environment, food literacy, and culture. The Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable envisions a healthy and sustainable food system for Nipissing District and area.

Since the launch of the Nipissing and Area Food Charter on November 17, 2015, many individuals, organizations and municipalities have endorsed the Charter.

Position of the Nipissing & Area Food Roundtable

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.

References

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.