Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 29, 2005 09:35 ET

Deadline for Income Stabilization Program Extended

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - In response to requests from New Brunswick producers, the deadline to submit Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program forms is being extended from September 30 to November 30, 2005.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell and New Brunswick Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister David Alward made the announcement today.

"New Brunswick producers have had particularly challenging times coping with BSE and potato pink rot," said Minister Mitchell. "The deadline extension will give producers more time to provide the information needed to calculate their CAIS benefits."

The CAIS program integrates stabilization and disaster protection into a single program, helping producers protect their farming operations from both small and large drops in income. The CAIS program is a whole-farm program available to eligible farmers regardless of the commodities they produce.

"Challenges faced by many producers in 2004 demonstrate the importance of business risk management programs such as CAIS," Minister Alward said. "Extending the deadline will allow producers who have not yet had the chance to complete the required forms the opportunity to access benefits under the program."



To be eligible for CAIS benefits, producers must:

- have already selected their level of protection for 2004;
- file a 2004 Statement of Farming Activities (T1163 or the
equivalent Corporate forms);
- complete the CAIS Supplementary forms by the November 30 deadline.


Producers will receive a letter in mid-October telling them what forms they must submit in order to be eligible for a 2004 benefit.

The deadline extension applies only in provinces where CAIS is delivered federally: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and the Yukon Territory.

Since its inception in 2003, $2.2billion has been paid to Canadian producers through CAIS. New Brunswick producers were allocated in excess of $31 million under the program for the same period. For more information or to obtain program forms, producers can contact the CAIS Administration toll free at 1-866-367-8506 or visit the program Web site at www.agr.gc.ca/caisprogram.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture,
    Fisheries and Agriculture
    Alain Bryar
    Communications
    (506) 444-4218