June 1, 2021

Investment programme for Canadian poultry producers now open for applications


Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has announced on May 31 that the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now accepting applications.


PEFIP will provide almost $647 million over ten years to support poultry and egg producers through on-farm investments. Each producer is entitled to an amount proportional to their quota holdings as of January 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2030, meaning producers can apply when they are ready to make an investment.


Eligible projects include anything that helps a producer increase efficiency or productivity, respond to consumer preferences, or improve on-farm safety, biosecurity or environmental sustainability. This includes new barn construction or upgrades to equipment like feeding, watering, lighting, ventilation, heating and comfort systems that will promote energy efficiency and reduce an operations environmental footprint.


The Canadian government will contribute up to 70% of the projects costs, increasing to up to 85% for young farmers, to help ensure a strong future for the country's farms. PEFIP offers producers flexibility to seek funding for eligible activities that started on or after March 19, 2019.


Both PEFIP and the Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken (MDPTC) amounted to a combined more than $691 million over ten years. These programmes respond directly to requests from producer associations, and provide full and fair compensation to supply-managed sectors for market access concessions made under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).


- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada