Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program: Step 3. Before you apply

Step 3. Before you apply

Identify your maximum funding amount, as well as your eligible activities and their cost.

Maximum funding

The Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) seeks to ensure the fair distribution of funding across all supply managed producers in the poultry and egg sectors based on the projected impact of market access concessions made under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

PEFIP funding will be allocated by sector (chicken, turkey, eggs, and hatching eggs) and by province according to the provincial shares of the national quota/production. An applicant's maximum funding amount, or share of the program budget, will be determined based on their share of provincial quota/production as identified by their respective provincial marketing board.

Producers' share of quota/production will be determined based on quota holdings on January 1, 2021.

Applicants must register with the program and have their license information verified in order to confirm their maximum funding amount. For details on the registration process, please refer to Step 4. How to apply.

Applicants will be able to submit more than one project application over the life of the program, so long as their maximum funding amount has not been exceeded.

Eligible activities

All activities must relate to one or more of the following 4 program objectives, that is on-farm investments in:

  • increasing efficiency or productivity
  • improving on-farm food safety and biosecurity
  • improving environmental sustainability
  • responding to consumer preferences (improving animal welfare, adopting alternative housing systems, transitioning to organic production, etc.)

A project may be any combination of eligible activities that contributes to achieving the program's objectives.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Hiring of external expertise (consultants) to assess how the poultry and/or egg farm enterprise can improve efficiencies and productivity
  • Construction of new barns, expansion of existing barns, and/or building retrofits
  • Purchasing, shipping, and installing new equipment (including commercial-off-the-shelf software and IT infrastructure)
  • Training related to other eligible project activities

Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to outline in their Project application how their proposed activities contribute to achieving one or more of the program objectives.

The program:

  • does not have a predetermined list of eligible equipment
  • cannot provide applicants with a determination of the eligibility of their proposals until the complete project application is received and assessed 

Applicants are encouraged to review the list of ineligible costs in the Applicant guide.

Eligible costs and Cost sharing

Eligible project costs will normally be shared between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the applicant as follows:

  • a maximum of 70% AAFC and a minimum of 30% applicant

Subject to certain conditions, AAFC may provide up to 85% of eligible project costs for young producers who were 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2021.

When including funds from other government sources to meet the applicant's share of eligible costs, the stacking limit must be respected. The stacking limit refers to the maximum level of total Canadian government funding (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal) a successful applicant can receive towards the total eligible costs of a project.

The maximum level of total government funding cannot exceed 85% of eligible costs per project.

PEFIP's total contribution to an applicant's project(s) cannot exceed the applicant's maximum funding amount.

PEFIP allows applicants to apply for projects that have already started, or have been completed, subject to certain conditions.

Applicants may apply for eligible activities that started on or after March 19, 2019 and costs that were incurred on or after March 19, 2019.

If a deposit has been paid before March 19, 2019, or a contract/purchase order signed before March 19, 2019, the cost will be considered ineligible.

Please refer to the Applicant guide for more details on eligible costs, young producers' cost share, and retroactivity.