Posted: January 24, 2022


No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



AgriStability protects producers from large declines in their farming income caused by production loss, increased costs or market conditions. Farmers may receive a payment if their production margin in the current year falls below their historical reference margin by more than 30%.

Applicants who farm in Manitoba, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador, and file their taxes on the cash basis, can take part in a new pilot for the 2020 and 2021 program years. Under the pilot, they can have their reference margin based on the cash income and expenses they report for income tax purposes with no accrual adjustments. The pilot will allow them to align their reference margin with their tax filing method.

Comments on Funding:

If the applicant's production margin falls below his payment trigger, AgriStability will pay him 70% of the difference. The maximum payment applicants may receive under AgriStability in a program year is $3 million.

2021 AgriStability interim payment rate increased to 75% and late participation for Manitoba producers.

When It Ends:



March 31, 2022 - to apply for a 2021 Interim payment;
April 30, 2022 - to enroll for the 2021 program year and pay your fee without penalty;
December 31, 2022 - to enroll for the 2022 program year and pay your fee with penalty.


The applicant 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;
  • filed farming income (loss) for tax purposes for all reference years in which he farmed;
  • complete a minimum of six consecutive months of farming activity and a production cycle, unless he experienced a disaster;
  • enroll in the program, pay its fee and file a form by the applicable deadlines.

The applicant may also need to comply with certain conditions set by his province or territory to receive a benefit. 

Participants include:

  • individual producers;
  • partners in a partnership;
  • corporations;
  • co-operatives;
  • communal organizations;
  • landlords in a joint venture;
  • estates;
  • trusts;
  • limited partnerships;
  • Status Indians and Band Farms farming on a reserve.

Applications Steps:


complete and send AAFC a New and rejoining participant information form to enrol in the program by the April 30 enrolment deadline, if they are new participants or if they are rejoining after not participating in AgriStability for more than two years. If they have participated in AgriStability in the last two years, AAFC will automatically send them an Enrolment Notice (or an invitation to participate) and they will be considered enrolled.

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


pay their fee and administrative cost share by the April 30 deadline. If they miss the initial fee deadline, they have until the final fee deadline, December 31, to pay their fee with a penalty equal to 20% of their fee.


complete their AgriStability form and send the form by the deadline (September 30, initial deadline and December 31, final filing deadline with penalty).

Documentation Needed:

To apply for a payment, applicants must submit their Year-end Report and Claim Form and schedules, as well as the correct tax form described below:

  1. 1
    Individuals send the T1163 to Canada Revenue Agency;
  2. 2
    Corporations, trusts, and special individuals send the Statement A to Agricorp.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    AgriStability is one of the three federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The other two are: AgriInsurance and AgriInvest.
  2. 2
    AgriStability is delivered by the federal government in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Yukon.
  3. 3
    AgriStability is delivered provincially in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island. In Ontario the program is delivered by Agricorp. The initial deadline to pay their fee without penalty is April 30. If applicants miss the April 30 deadline, they have until December 31 to pay their fee with a penalty equal to 20% of their fee.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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