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AgriStability: Step 3. How to apply

Step 3. How to apply

Important dates in 2020

July 3, 2020
deadline to enrol for the 2020 program year and pay your fee without penalty
For the 2020 program year only, the enrolment deadline was extended from April 30 to July 3, 2020.
September 30, 2020
initial deadline to submit your 2019 form without penalty
December 31, 2020
  • final deadline to pay your 2020 fee with a penalty applied
  • final deadline to submit your 2019 form with a penalty applied

1. Enrol

Each year you must enrol in the program by the April 30 enrolment deadline (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice).

If you have participated in AgriStability in the last two years, AAFC will automatically send you an Enrolment Notice (or an invitation to participate) and you will be considered enrolled.

If you are a new participant, or you are rejoining after not participating in AgriStability for more than two years, complete and send AAFC a New and rejoining participant information form by the April 30 enrolment deadline. For help to complete your form, read the guide.

The deadline to enrol for the 2020 program year has passed. The form to enrol for the 2021 program year will be available in late fall 2020.

Once you are enrolled, AAFC will send you an Enrolment Notice, showing you the fee you have to pay to participate. You also have to pay a $55.00 administrative cost share.

If agreed to by the federal and provincial governments, a province or territory may allow producers the opportunity to participate in the program after the April 30 enrolment deadline if there has been a significant downturn in the farm sector and program participation is low. This is called late participation. For more information on late participation, visit What is late participation?

2. Pay your fee

Pay your fee and administrative cost share by the deadline.

Fee deadline dates

July 3
initial fee deadline (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice)
For the 2020 program year only, the fee deadline was extended from April 30 to July 3, 2020.
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.

You can pay your fee on the next business day if your fee deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday.

For more information on how your fee is calculated and where to pay it, visit How is my fee calculated?

3. Complete your AgriStability form

If you farm in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Yukon

Participant type Application form Send form to
Individual, Corporation, Co-operative or Special Individual

The Interim Application for BC producers is available at British Columbia AgriStability

AgriStability Administration
PO Box 3200
Winnipeg MB  R3C 5R7
Toll-free fax: 1-877-949-4885
Individual 2019 - T1273 Statement A - Harmonized AgriStability and AgriInvest Programs Information and Statement of Farming Activities for Individuals

EFILE:
Canada Revenue Agency

Paper copy:
Canada Revenue Agency
Tax Centre
PO Box 14001 Station Main
Winnipeg MB   R3C 3M3

Corporation, Co-operative or Special Individual

EFILE (2019 corporations only):
Canada Revenue Agency (corporations)

Paper copy:
AgriStability Administration
PO Box 3200
Winnipeg MB  R3C 5R7
Toll-free fax: 1-877-949-4885

Excel versions of the AgriStability and AgriInvest forms

Excel versions of the AgriStability and AgriInvest application are available for individual producers in all provinces (except Quebec) and corporations, co-operatives, and special individuals in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Yukon. To receive the forms, complete the online request form

Price lists

Price lists are used to value your commodities reported in the crop and livestock inventory section of your form (unless you have to provide your own price).

If you farm in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island

Contact your provincial AgriStability administration for information on how to apply:
Province Toll-free Website
Alberta 1-877-899-2372 Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Ontario 1-888-247-4999 Agricorp
Prince Edward Island 1-855-251-9695 Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land
Quebec 1-800-749-3646 La Financière agricole
Saskatchewan 1-866-270-8450 Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation

4. File your form by the deadline

Once your program year is over, send your completed AgriStability form by the deadline.

Filing deadline dates

September 30
initial filing deadline
December 31
final filing deadline with penalty. If you send your form after the initial filing deadline, your payment will be reduced (if you receive one) by $500 for each month or part of a month past the initial deadline up to the final deadline.

These deadlines apply even if you have an appeal or audit in progress.

If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, you have until the next business day to send your form.

5. Receive an advance on your final benefit

Generally, you apply for AgriStability benefits after you complete your fiscal year. Since AgriStability benefits are based on information reported to the Canada Revenue Agency for income tax, there is a delay between the time you experience a loss and the time AAFC calculates a benefit.

There are two program features that allow you to receive an advance on your final benefit before you have completed your fiscal period.

Interim payment

An interim payment is based on estimates of your program year production margin and reference margin. To receive an interim payment, your estimated reference margin must decline by more than 30% of your estimated reference margin. You can apply for an interim payment if you want to access program funds early. The deadline to apply for an interim payment is March 31.

Targeted advance payment

In years when there is a need for more timely cash flow that cannot be addressed by the interim payment, governments may agree to make a targeted advance payment available to certain sectors or regions. A targeted advance payment is calculated by comparing the industry average decline to your most recent reference margin available. You will be notified by AAFC when a targeted advance payment is available for your region or sector.

For more information on interim payments and targeted advance payments, visit How are interim payments and targeted advance payments calculated?

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