Registration has begun for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP), which was put in place to assist Canadian poultry and egg producers adjust to the market access losses incurred during the negotiation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Over ten years, the PEFIP will provide $347.3 million to chicken producers to offset eligible investments made in their operation. Eligible producers are allocated a share of the program’s funding based on their share of provincial quota or production on January 1, 2021, as identified by their respective provincial marketing board. Program applicants are able to determine their maximum funding amount by registering with the PEFIP’s online system: the PEFIPOS.
Registration via the PEFIPOS is required to access the program. Applicants must first create a user profile. Once this participant profile is registered, then project applications can be completed and submitted.
Eligible on-farm investments must increase efficiency or productivity, improve on-farm food safety and biosecurity, improve environmental sustainability, and/or respond to consumer preferences, such as improving animal welfare, adopting alternative housing systems, or transitioning to organic production.
Each applicant has the flexibility to determine how to use their individual funding amount over the ten years of the program so long as all project applications are submitted by March 31, 2030, and all project activities are completed by March 31, 2031. Applicants can even seek retroactive funding for eligible activities that began on or after March 19, 2019.
While AAFC’s contribution will not normally exceed 70% of eligible project costs, there are certain circumstances where AAFC may provide up to 85% of eligible project costs to young producers who were 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2021.