Helping Canada's Farmers through Advance Payments Program Stays of Default
During these difficult times, the Government of Canada has helped eligible farmers with outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) advances (loans) by issuing Stays of Default. These actions ensured eligible farmers had more money on hand when they needed it by providing them with additional time to repay APP advances totaling $178 million. Over the stay period, the federal government continued to pay the interest on the interest-free portion of these advances. The APP advances that were subject to a Stay of Default in 2020 included:
2018 cash advances for grains, oilseeds, and pulses
2018 cash advances for cattle and bison
2019 cash advances on flowers and potted plants
2019 cash advances on ginseng
2019 cash advances on mink pelts
The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program which provides agricultural producers with easy access to low-interest cash advances.
Under the program, you can access up to $1,000,000 per program year in total advances based on the value of your eligible agricultural products, with the Government of Canada paying the interest on the first $100,000 of your advance. Advances are repaid as you sell your agricultural products, with up to 18 months to fully repay the advance for most commodities (up to 24 months for cattle and bison).
APP advances can provide you with cash flow to meet your financial needs until you are able to sell your agricultural products. The program can provide marketing flexibility so you can make the decision to sell your agricultural products based on market conditions rather than the need for cash to meet your immediate financial obligations.
APP advances are available through 33 participating producer organizations, that is, APP Administrators, across Canada.
How much you can receive
Under the APP, you may be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 per program year, with:
the federal government paying the interest on the first $100,000 per program year
preferential interest rates on advance amounts over $100,000
Your cash advance is calculated based on up to 50% of the anticipated market value of the eligible agricultural products that you will produce or have in storage. You cannot have more than $1,000,000 in advances outstanding at any one time.
What you need as security for an advance
Your advance must be secured. The security required will depend on the type and state of the agricultural product at the time you apply.
The agricultural product on which the advance is based is always required as security
For advances on agricultural products that are in production or are non-storable and for advances on animals or animal products, additional security is required. This includes one or more of the potential proceeds from a relevant business risk management program (AgriInsurance, AgriStability or Farm Income Stabilization Insurance [ASRA] in Quebec) and/or another acceptable form of security.
The advance amount you are eligible to receive will be limited by the level of security you are able to provide.
If you are declared in default, the security, including assigned program payments, may be used to pay off your advance.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's role in the APP
In addition to providing a financial guarantee on advances issued and paying the interest on the first $100,000 advanced to each producer per program year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)'s Financial Guarantee Programs Division (FGPD) is responsible for providing federal oversight by working together with APP Administrators to ensure that the program is administered in a manner that:
reduces costs to producers and use of public funds
is focused on providing benefit to Canadian producers
respects the annual Advance Guarantee Agreements, Program Guidelines, the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act and its Regulations
Print this fact sheet for use at events and meetings to promote the program.