Step 3. How to apply
Important dates in 2021
- deadline to submit your 2020 form without penalty
- final deadline to pay your 2021 fee with a penalty applied
- final deadline to submit your 2020 form with a penalty applied
Important dates in 2022
- deadline to apply for a 2021 Interim payment
The deadline to enrol for the 2021 program year has passed. The forms to enrol for 2022 will be available in late fall 2021.
Each year you must enrol in the program by the enrolment deadline. For the 2021 program year only, the enrolment deadline was extended from April 30 to June 30, 2021.
If you have participated in AgriStability in the last 2 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 2 years, complete and send AAFC a New and rejoining participant information form by the enrolment deadline. For help to complete your form, read the guide.
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 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
(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
Electronic filing for individuals and corporations
Using the internet:
- 2020 forms for individuals can be filed electronically to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using EFILE.
- 2020 forms for corporations can be filed electronically to CRA using Corporation Internet Filing.
CRA will electronically send your data to the AgriStability program.
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 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
|Alberta||1-877-899-2372||Agriculture Financial Services Corporation|
|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
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.
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?