2021 AgriStability Program - Information Guide for New and Rejoining Participants
Participate in 2021 AgriStability in four easy steps
Step 1: Complete the New and rejoining participant information form
To enrol in AgriStability for the 2021 program year:
Return the New and rejoining participant information form to us by April 30, 2021.
Send your completed forms to:
PO Box 3200
Winnipeg MB R3C 5R7
Or fax your form toll-free to: 1-877-949-4885
Step 2: Enrol in AgriStabilty and pay your fee
We will send you an Enrolment Notice showing your program fee.
- Pay your fee by the deadline on your Enrolment Notice.
- If you decide not to participate, you must indicate this on the tear-off portion and return it to us by the deadline. Otherwise we will automatically enrol you for AgriStability for 2021, and you will owe your fee and a 20% late penalty.
- The final deadline to pay your fee with a 20% late penalty is December 31, 2021 unless your Enrolment Notice shows a different date.
Step 3: File your 2021 AgriStability form by the deadline
- The initial deadline to file your form without penalty is September 30, 2022.
- The final deadline with penalty is December 31, 2022.
Download a copy of the AgriStability form.
Step 4: File an income tax return by the deadline
- File a 2021 income tax return reporting farming income (loss) to the Canada Revenue Agency by December 31, 2022.
If you need assistance, call us toll-free at: 1-866-367-8506 or TDD/TTY 613-773-2600.
Confidential information and participant consent
The information you submit on this form is collected under the authority of Section 4 of the Farm Income Protection Act (FIPA) and will be used for the purpose of calculating an Enrolment Notice. Your Enrolment Notice will show your contribution reference margin and the program fee you must pay in order to participate in AgriStability.
The Privacy Act protects information given on this form which is kept in personal information bank number AAFC PPU 183. By submitting the form, you:
- are requesting to enrol in the AgriStability program
- understand that once we issue you an Enrolment Notice, you will be enrolled in AgriStability. Understand that if you decide not to participate in AgriStability, you must indicate this on the tear-off portion of the Enrolment Notice and return it to us by the deadline shown on your Enrolment Notice. Otherwise, you will be required to pay the fee and any outstanding penalty
- agree to pay your fee by the final deadline or you will not be eligible for 2021 AgriStability benefits and your outstanding fee and penalty will be recovered from future program benefits
- understand you must complete and file a final 2021 AgriStability and AgriInvest form by the final filing deadline
- understand you must file a 2021 income tax return reporting farming income (loss) by the final filing deadline (except Status Indians and Band farms farming on a reserve in Canada who are exempt from filing an income tax return)
- certify that the information provided is complete and correct
- consent to third parties and other government programs disclosing to the Administration, upon its request, any information pertaining to you and your financial affairs which the Administration considers necessary for the purpose of verifying the AgriStability benefit or the information provided on this form
- consent to the Canada Revenue Agency disclosing to the Administration, upon its request, any information pertaining to you and your financial affairs which the Administration considers necessary for the purpose of verifying the AgriStability benefit or the information provided on this form (except Status Indians and Band farms farming on a reserve in Canada who are exempt from filing an income tax return)
Once you are enrolled in AgriStability, you:
- consent to the use and disclosure of the information contained in this form to officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the provincial/territorial department responsible for agriculture for:
- administering your participation in AgriStability;
- determining your eligibility for benefits;
- verifying the information submitted; and
- for purposes of audit, analysis, and evaluation.
Before you start
Use this guide to complete the form you need to enrol in the 2021 AgriStability Program.
This guide is for you if you did not participate in the program in the past two program years (i.e., the 2020 and 2019 program years).
If you received a Calculation of Program Benefits for either the 2020 or 2019 program year, we will automatically send you an Enrolment Notice or an invitation to participate.
Review this guide to make sure you fill out your form correctly. Providing correct information on your form helps us to calculate your fee accurately.
Once we receive your completed form, we will send you an Enrolment Notice showing your fee and fee deadline.
If you decide not to participate after you receive an Enrolment Notice, you must notify us by the deadline on your notice. Otherwise, we will automatically enrol you for AgriStability 2021 and you will owe the fee and a 20% penalty.
AgriStability is a voluntary program that provides support when you experience larger income losses.
AgriStability is based on margins:
- Program margin - your allowable income minus your allowable expenses in the current year adjusted for changes in purchased inputs, receivables, payables and inventory.
- Reference margin – an average of your program margins for the past five years with adjustments made to reflect significant changes to the size or structure of your farm. We drop the highest and lowest year and average the remaining years.
- Reference margin limit – your reference margin cannot exceed your average allowable expenses for the three years used to calculate your reference margin. If it does we apply the lower amount. This is your reference margin limit. Your reference margin limit cannot reduce your reference margin by more than 30%. If it does, we apply the higher amount. This ensures you have support for at least 70% of your reference margin.
Generally, you will receive an AgriStability payment when your program margin in the current year falls more than 30% below your applied reference margin. AgriStability covers 70% of your decline that is beyond the 30%.
2021 Reference margins will be calculated as follows:
- If you participated in the program in any of the past four years, we will calculate your reference margin using the program margins for the previous five years. The highest and lowest program margins are dropped and the remaining three years are averaged. This is called an Olympic average.
- If you did not participate in the program for the past four years, we will calculate your reference margin using an average of the three previous program year margins. We will continue to calculate your reference margin using the three previous program year margins until you have five years of historical information on file.
- If you did not have farming activity in one or more of the five previous years, your reference margin will be calculated using an average of the three previous program year margins. If you did not have farming activity in any of the three previous years, we will create margins for any missing years using industry averages.
We will request the information required to calculate your reference margin after we send you an Enrolment Notice showing your fee and fee deadline.
- individual producers
- landlords in a crop or livestock share joint venture*
- partners in a partnership
- communal organizations
- limited partnerships
- Status Indians and Band farms farming on a reserve
*If you farm as a landlord you are eligible only if you are in a joint venture with the tenant and your share of the allowable expenses is reasonable for your share of the allowable income.
To participate in AgriStability, you must:
- farm in Canada
- file an income tax return reporting farming income (loss) to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by the final filing deadline for the program year (except Status Indians farming on a reserve in Canada who are exempt from filing a tax return)*
- complete a minimum of six consecutive months of farming activity and a production cycle, unless you experienced a disaster
- enrol in the program, pay your fee and file a form by the applic able deadlines
*If you are Status Indian farming on a reserve and you are not required to file an income tax return, send us your farming income (loss) information you would have otherwise reported for income tax. We will assume you have a December 31st fiscal year-end.
Generally, you are eligible for AgriStability if you farm in Canada and earn income from producing primary agricultural products such as:
- grains, oilseeds and specialty crops
Agricultural products that you produce and process on your farm may also be eligible, for example strawberries made into jam.
For complete program rules, see the AgriStability Program Guidelines.
- April 30, 2021
- deadline to return your completed 2021 New and rejoining participant information form
- non-penalty deadline to pay your 2021 AgriStability fee (unless your Enrolment Notice shows a different date)
- December 31, 2021
- final deadline to pay your 2021 AgriStability fee with a 20% penalty (unless your Enrolment Notice shows a different date)
- September 30, 2022
- initial deadline to file your 2021 AgriStability form without a late filing penalty
- December 31, 2022
- final deadline to file your 2021 AgriStability form with a late filing penalty
- final deadline to file your 2021 income tax return reporting farming income (loss) to thte Canada Revenue Agency
We will reduce your benefit by $500 for each month (or part of a month) you submit your form between the initial and final deadline.
If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holiday, you have until the next business day to send the information.
Where to send your completed form
Mail your completed form to:
PO Box 3200
Winnipeg MB R3C 5R7
Or fax your form toll-free to: 1-877-949-4885
We suggest using registered mail or keeping your fax transmittal slip to show that you sent your form on time.
Completing your form
To participate in AgriStability, we must assign you a Participant Identification Number (PIN).
The PIN uniquely identifies your farm operation and protects the privacy of your information.
If you previously participated in AgriStability, you have a PIN. If not, we will assign one to you. Keep the number handy as you will need it for future contact and participation.
New and rejoining participant information
Participant name and address
Enter your first and last name, or business name (if applicable), address, telephone number and email address.
Enter your Participant Identification Number (PIN) if you have one. If you do not have a PIN, leave this field blank.
If you are an individual producer, provide your Social Insurance Number.
Provide your business tax number if you have been assigned one. Corporations must also provide the RC reference number.
If the operation is a trust or communal organization, provide the trust taxation number.
Check the box that best describes your farming business.
If you are a Status Indian Band Farm, provide your Band number.
Main farmstead location
Enter the province/territory where all or the majority of your gross farming income was earned over the previous 5 years.
You can find a list of provincial/territorial jurisdictions (Rural Municipalities, Counties, Districts, etc.) in the Regional code list.
Language of preference
Enter your language of preference.
Complete this section if you are a partner in a partnership.
Enter your percentage share of the partnership.
Enter the PIN, name and percentage share for each partner involved in the partnership.
Complete this section if you are a shareholder in a corporation.
Report the name and PIN of the shareholder/members or group of related shareholders/ members who have controlling interest in the corporation.
Indicate if a shareholder previsously participated in AgriStability as an individual and transferred land or inventory to the corporation under Section 85 of the Income Tax Act. Attach a copy of the documents showing that a legal transfer to the corporation has taken place:
- signed documentation confirming the transfer of property has legally taken place under the Income Tax Act; or
- a signed declaration the shareholder filed an election under Section 85 of the Income Tax Act (Form T2057 or T2058); or
- a copy of the original signed contract between the shareholder and the corporation.
If you have paid your fee as an individual we will transfer it to your corporation once the signed documents are received. Your fee must also be paid by your Enrolment Notice deadline.
If the signed documents are not available when you send the form, send them when available.
If a corporation is a shareholder, report the names and PINs of the shareholders or group of related shareholders who have controlling interest in that corporation. Attach a separate sheet if necessary.
Productive units for new and rejoining participants
We will use this information to calculate your contribution reference margin for your Enrolment Notice.
Operation Number (#)
If you have more than one farming operation:
- complete a form for each operation (contact us to request additional forms, or submit a copy of page 2 for each operation)
- number each operation
- send all forms together
2021 Crop productive capacity
Enter the year, month and day for the beginning and end of your farm's taxation year. Your farm's 2021 fiscal period must end in the 2021 tax year.
How to complete the columns
Code and crop description
Use the Productive capacity code list to report all crops by code and description that you:
- produced or expected to produce
- planned to produce but could not because your land was too wet or too dry to seed
If your crop is not listed, leave the code blank and provide a detailed crop description.
Report the number of acres you produced or expect to produce in the fiscal year.
For commodities not measured by acres, use the standard unit of measurement for that commodity.
Greenhouse and nursery operations (including floriculture) report in square metres.
Maple syrup operations report in hundreds of taps producing. If you have 350 taps producing, report 3.5 (350/100).
If you are a tenant in a crop share, or a landlord in a joint venture crop share, report only your share of the acres.
You rent 300 acres in a crop share agreement. You receive 2/3 of the crop and pay 2/3 of the allowable expenses. Your landlord receives the remaining 1/3 of the crop and pays 1/3 of the allowable expenses.
You report your 2/3 share of the acreage:
- 200 acres
Your landlord reports his 1/3 share of the acreage:
- 100 acres
If you grew or plan to grow a multi-stage crop that takes more than one year to reach full production, use the code that reflects the stage of production for the commodity.
Multi-stage crops include:
- highbush blueberries
- Christmas trees
In New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, multi-stage crops also include:
- lowbush blueberries
Highbush blueberries and grapes
Start reporting your acres in the year you plant.
Start reporting your acres when you have cleared the land and started nurturing the plants.
Report your estimated sod acres (seeded, growing and harvested) based on their expected stage at the end of your fiscal year.
Echinacea and ginseng
Report acres in the establishment stage until the year of harvest.
Report acres in the establishment stage until production starts.
There are two types of Christmas tree farming operations:
- tree farms
- managed natural tree stand
Tree farms plant their seedlings in a greenhouse, garden or tree farm and maintain them until harvested.
Report your total acres of trees based on their stage of growth or expected stage of growth at the end of your fiscal period.
To report your trees, use:
- nursery codes for the seedlings you grow in your greenhouse or garden prior to transplanting to your tree farm
- code 6960 for the seedlings or trees you planted on your tree farm the first year (establishment stage)
- codes 6961, 6962, 6963 or 6964 to report your seedlings or trees based on their stage of growth or expected stage of growth
Managed natural tree stand operations select trees from existing forest and actively maintain them until harvest.
Report the acres of trees that you actively maintained as either pre-harvested (in the ground) or harvested (removed from the ground). Base the number of acres you report on 1000 trees per acre.
You have or expect to have 9,500 pre-harvested trees at the end of your fiscal year, report 9.5 acres (9,500/1,000).
Report all acres that you planned to seed in your fiscal year but could not because your land was too wet or too dry to seed.
At the beginning of the year you intended to grow canola on 300 acres. However, you only seeded 200 acres because of flooding. Report 200 for the number of acres and 100 as unseedable acres.
Report your summerfallow, pasture or wasteland acres on the designated lines.
2021 Livestock productive capacity
Enter the total units for each category of livestock that you have owned, rented or leased.
Livestock lease agreements
If you lease animals but do not take 100% of the revenue from the animal, report only your share of the agreement.
If you lease 100 cows but only keep 60% of the calf crop, report 60 cows (100 × 60% = 60).
Code 104 - Cattle
Do not include calves that were born or you expect to be born in your fiscal year.
If you held your calves over to your next fiscal period, report them as feeder cattle next year if they have an appreciable gain in that fiscal period.
Codes 123 and 145 – Hogs
Report the number of sows in the breeding herd that farrowed or you expect to farrow.
Calculate the average number of breeding sows by dividing the births or expected births by your average birth rate per sow.
If your hog operation produced for only part of the year, make sure your average number of breeding sows is lower to reflect your reduced production.
Codes 105 and 106 - Number of feeder livestock - Cattle
Report only the animals that had or you expect will have an appreciable gain in your fiscal year (a 90 kg (200 lb) weight gain or a minimum of 60 days on feed).
Do not include the following animals in this section:
- breeding animals
- animals that have not been weaned
- animals born within the operation in the fiscal year
Codes 125 and 124 - Number of feeder livestock – Hogs
Do not include the following animals on these lines:
- breeding animals
- animals that have not been weaned or you expect will not be weaned
- animals born or you expect to be born within the fiscal year
- animals previously reported in a farrow to finish operation
Code 141 (cattle) and 142 (hogs)
Report the number of animal feed days you had or expect to have. Animal feed days are the number of animals x number of days each animal was fed or will be fed.
Supply managed commodities
Report the amount of quota or contract you have or expect to have.
Ranch fur operators
Report the number of females that birthed or you expect to birth.
Use the Productive capacity code list to find the codes and units needed to report your livestock not listed on the form. If the commodity is not listed, enter a description and leave the code blank.
Productive capacity code list for crops
- Use the commodity code in your province unless stated otherwise.
- Report the total acres for all crops included in a commodity basket that you produced or expect to produce.
|4||Blue grama seed|
|4||Chickling vetch seed|
|4||Rye grass seed|
|4||Wheat grass seed|
|6||Organic Canary seed|
|6||Organic Caraway seed|
|6||Organic Mixed grain|
|6||Organic Radish seed|
|9||St. John's wort|
|5060||Blueberries, highbush (non-bearing year)|
|5059||Blueberries, highbush (planting year)|
|5061||Blueberries, highbush (years 1 to 2 of production)|
|5062||Blueberries, highbush (years 3 to 6 of production)|
|5063||Blueberries, highbush (years 7 to 9 of production)|
|5064||Blueberries, highbush (years 10+ of production)|
|4996||Grapes (non-bearing year)|
|4995||Grapes (planting year)|
|4997||Grapes (year 1 of production)|
|4998||Grapes (2+ of production)|
|6931||Maple syrup, vacuum|
|7204||Potatoes, elite 1|
|7206||Potatoes, elite 2|
|5022||Sea buckthorn, berries|
|5099||Blueberries, lowbush (burn/sprout/mow)|
|5095||Blueberries, lowbush (establishment stage)|
|5098||Blueberries, lowbush (mature/full production)|
|5096||Blueberries, lowbush (primary production – 1st and 2nd harvest crop)|
|5097||Blueberries, lowbush (secondary production – 3rd and 4th harvest crop)|
|4990||Cranberries (establishment stage)|
|4991||Cranberries (1st year of production)|
|4992||Cranberries (2nd year of production)|
|4993||Cranberries (3rd year of production)|
|4994||Cranberries (4+ years of production)|
|6960||Christmas trees, (establishment)|
|6961||Christmas Trees, (1st to 2nd years)|
|6962||Christmas trees, (3rd to 5th years)|
|6963||Christmas trees, (6th to 9th years)|
|6964||Christmas trees, (9+ years)|
|6966||Christmas trees, natural stand, harvested|
|6965||Christmas trees, natural stand, pre-harvest|
|6951||Flowers, fresh cut|
|7106||Perennials, 1 gallon, indoor|
|7108||Perennials, 2 gallon, indoor|
|7110||Perennials, 1 gallon, field/container|
|7112||Perennials, 2 gallon, field/container|
|7104||Perennials, 4 inch|
|7130||Perennials, potted, indoor|
|7132||Perennials, potted, outdoor, nursery|
|7134||Perennials, rootstock, field grown|
|6957||Raspberry plants (canes)|
|6943||Sod, acres growing|
|6945||Sod, acres harvested|
|6941||Sod, acres seeded|
|7117||Trees and shrubs, ball and burlap, field|
|7118||Trees and shrubs, 1 gallon, indoor|
|7120||Trees and shrubs, 2 gallon, indoor|
|7122||Trees and shrubs, 5 gallon, indoor|
|7124||Trees and shrubs, 1 gallon, field/container|
|7126||Trees and shrubs, 2 gallon, field/container|
|7128||Trees and shrubs, 5 gallon, field/container|
|7116||Trees and shrubs, 4 inch|
|7129||Trees and shrubs, caliper, field stock|
|7115||Trees and shrubs, high value ball and burlap, field stock|
|7114||Trees and shrubs, plugs/liners|
Productive capacity code list for livestock
|100||Alpaca||Number of females that have birthed|
|101||Bison||Number of females that have birthed|
|102||Feeder Bison (fed up to 700 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|103||Finished Bison (fed over 700 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|104||Cattle||Number of females that have birthed|
|105||Feeder cattle (fed up to 900 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|106||Finished cattle (fed over 900 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|108||Chicken, Layers, Broiler Eggs for Hatching||Number of producing hens|
|109||Chicken, Layers, Eggs for Consumption||Number of producing hens|
|111||Finished Dairy Cattle (fed over 900 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|112||Feeder Dairy Cattle (fed up to 900 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|113||Dairy||Number of kg of butterfat/day|
|115||Deer||Number of females that have birthed|
|116||Ducks, Broiler||Number sold|
|117||Elk||Number of females that have birthed|
|118||Elk, Bulls Producing Velvet||Number of bulls producing|
|119||Emu||Number of females that have birthed|
|121||Geese, Broiler||Number sold|
|122||Goats||Number of females that have birthed|
|123||Hogs, farrow to finish||Number of females that have birthed|
|124||Hogs, feeders (fed over 50 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|125||Hogs, nursery (fed up to 50 lb)||Number of animals fed|
|126||Honey bees, producing (hives)||Number of hives producing|
|127||Horses||Number of females that have birthed|
|128||Pregnant mare urine (PMU) produced||Number of grams contracted|
|129||Leaf cutter bees, producing (gallons)||Number of gallons of bees pollinating|
|130||Llama||Number of females that have birthed|
|132||Ostrich||Number of females that have birthed|
|136||Reindeer||Number of females that have birthed|
|137||Rheas||Number of females that have birthed|
|138||Sheep||Number of females that have birthed|
|140||Wild boar||Number of females that have birthed|
|141||Custom fed cattle||Number of animal feed days|
|142||Custom fed hogs||Number of animal feed days|
|143||Chicken, broilers||Number of kg produced|
|144||Turkey, broilers||Number of kg produced|
|145||Hogs, farrowing||Number of females that have birthed|
|149||Semen, hogs||Number of straws sold|
|150||Semen, elks||Number of straws sold|
|151||Semen, cattle||Number of straws sold|
|152||Semen, deer||Number of straws sold|
|153||Turkey, breeder, hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|154||Silkies, broilers||Number sold|
|155||Silkies, breeder, hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|156||Chicken, Taiwanese, broilers||Number sold|
|157||Chicken, Taiwanese, breeder, hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|158||Blue leg, broilers||Number sold|
|159||Blue leg, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|160||Partridge, broilers||Number sold|
|161||Partridge, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|162||Pheasant, ring neck, broilers||Number sold|
|163||Pheasant, ring neck, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|164||Pheasant, white, broilers||Number sold|
|165||Pheasant, white, breeder, hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|166||Quail, broilers||Number sold|
|167||Quail, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|168||Ducks, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|169||Geese, breeder hatching eggs||Number of producing hens|
|170||Squab, breeding set||Number of breeding sets|
|171||Cattle, bred heifers||Number sold|
|172||Sheep, feeders||Number of animals fed|
|173||Elk, feeders||Number of animals fed|
|175||Deer, feeders||Number of animals fed|
|176||Horse, feeders||Number of animals fed|
|177||Wild boar, finishers||Number of animals fed|
|178||Donkeys||Number of females that have birthed|
|180||Hogs, gilts||Number sold|
|181||Custom fed bison||Number of animal feed days|
|182||Custom fed sheep||Number of animal feed days|
|183||Goats, feeders||Number of animals fed|
|184||Custom fed, boats||Number of animal feed days|
|186||Red deer, bulls producing velvet||Number of bulls producing|
|187||Red deer||Number of females that have birthed|
|188||Semen, red deer||Number of straws sold|
|190||Custom fed elk||Number of animal feed days|
|191||Goats, dairy||Number of females in milk producing herd|
|192||Semen, horse||Number of straws sold|
|193||Chinchillas||Number of females that have birthed|
|194||Fox||Number of females that have birthed|
|195||Mink||Number of females that have birthed|
|196||Rabbits||Number of females that have birthed|
|197||Chicken, pullets||Number of animals fed|
|198||Custom fed, chicken, pullets||Number of animals fed|
|199||Turkey, poults||Number of poults hatched|
|200||Custom fed mink||Number of animals fed|
Regional code list
|Municipality number||Municipality name|
|105||Bifrost - Riverton|
|121||East St. Paul|
|101||Ellice - Archie|
|139||Lac du Bonnet|
|163||Portage la Prairie|
|181||Riding Mountain West|
|177||St. Francois Xavier|
|193||Swan Valley West|
|201||West St. Paul|
|County number||County name|
|County number||County name|
|District number||District name|
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