Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 05, 2008 16:05 ET

AAFC: More Time to Apply for $600 Million AgriInvest Kickstart Funds

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring all farmers are aware of the $600 million AgriInvest Kickstart program and have enough time to apply. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board announced today that the deadline for applications has been extended to April 14, 2008.

"This Government is delivering new, simpler, predictable and bankable programs for farmers." said Minister Ritz. "This extension will ensure farmers have enough time to learn about AgriInvest and the money available to kickstart their accounts."

To assist producers in the transition to the new suite of business risk management programs, the Government of Canada is providing a one time contribution of $600 million to kickstart AgriInvest accounts.

The majority of producers do not need to apply to the program and have already received a letter explaining their AgriInvest Kickstart benefit. Producers who have not received a letter need to apply by the April 14 deadline.

In Quebec, the program is delivered by La Financiere agricole du Quebec. For more information, producers can contact La Financiere agricole at 1-800-749-3646 or visit the Web site at www.fadq.qc.ca.

For more information or to obtain program forms, producers can call, toll free, 1-866-367-8506 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday to Friday, or visit the program Web site at www.agr.gc.ca/agriinvest.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059