Generally, you are eligible for AgriStability if you earn income from the primary production of agricultural commodities and you:
- farm in CanadaFootnote 1
- file an income tax return reporting farming income (loss) to the Canada Revenue Agency by the final filing deadline for the program year (except Status Indians and Band farms farming on a reserve in Canada who are exempt from filing an income tax return)
- complete a minimum of six months of farming activity, unless you experienced a disaster
- complete a production cycle, unless you experienced a disaster
- enrol in the program, pay your fee and file a form by the deadlines for each step
Who can participate
- Communal organizations
- Individual farmers
- Landlords in crop or livestock share joint ventureFootnote 2
- Limited partnerships
- Partners in a partnership
- Status Indians and Band farms farming on a reserve
Who can't participate
- Former federal public office holders or public servants who have a federal conflict of interest
- Landlords earning rental income (cash rent or payments-in-kind) for crop or livestock shares or lease arrangements
- Organizations that receive direct government funding, including research stations, universities, and colleges
How to Apply
Step 1 – Enrol
The deadline to enrol for the 2019 program year has passed.
The deadline to enrol for the 2020 program year is April 30, 2020. The form to enrol for 2020 will be available in late fall 2019.
Each year you must enrol in the program by the enrolment deadline.
To enrol for the 2020 program year, complete and send us a 2020 New and rejoining participant information form by April 30, 2020 if:
- you are a new participant or
- you are returning to the program after not participating for two years
For help to complete your form, read the guide.
If you have participated in AgriStability in the last two years we will automatically send you an Enrolment Notice where possible or send you an invitation to participate.
Once you are enrolled, we will send you an Enrolment Notice, showing you the fee you have to pay to participate. You will also have to pay a $55.00 administrative cost share.
Step 2 – Pay your fee
You must pay your fee and administrative cost share by the deadline.
Initial fee deadline (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice)
|December 31||Final fee deadline with penalty (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice)|
If you miss the initial fee deadline, you have until the final fee deadline to pay your fee with a penalty equal to 20% of your fee.
Step 3 – Complete and send your form
Send your completed AgriStability form by the deadline.
|September 30||Initial filing deadline|
|December 31||Final filing deadline with penalty|
If you send your form after the initial deadline, we will reduce your payment (if you receive one) by $500 for each month or part of a month past the initial deadline up to the final deadline.
You can send your form on the next business day if the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday.
Once we process your form, we will send you a Calculation of Program Benefits Notice showing how we calculated your benefit and your payment (if applicable).
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