AgriStability Program: Quick Guide for Farmers


AgriStability, provided by Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), 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 Farmers may receive a payment if their production margin in the current year falls below their historical reference margin by more than 30%.

Comments on Funding:

If the applicant’s production margin falls below his payment trigger, AgriStability will pay him 70% (80% in the case of Ontario farmers) of the difference.
The maximum payment applicants may receive under AgriStability in a program year is $3 million.

When It Ends:



2023 deadlines to be determined
March 31, 2023 (deadline to apply for a 2022 Interim payment)


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:

Applicants must:


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

Other Things to Note:


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    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. AgriStability is delivered by the federal government in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Yukon.
    3. AgriStability is delivered provincially in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island. In Ontario the program is delivered by Agricorp.
    4. The deadline to enrol for the 2022 program year has passed. The forms to enrol for 2023 will be available in late fall 2022.

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