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Poultry And Egg Producers Can Now Apply For Compensation Funding

On Monday, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now accepting applications.

"Our government is delivering on its commitment to compensate supply-managed farmers for the impacts of recent trade agreements," said Bibeau. "This program, which launches today, will help Canadian poultry and egg producers be more competitive and make their facilities even more sustainable.”

The 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.

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 Government of Canada will contribute up to 70% of the projects costs, increasing to up to 85% for young farmers. The PEFIP offers producers flexibility to seek funding for eligible activities that started on or after March 19, 2019.

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

The funding allocation under the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is:

- $347.3 million for chicken producers

- $76.9 million for turkey producers

- $134 million for egg producers

- $88.6 million for broiler hatching egg producers

Under the PEFIP, an average chicken producer will have access to up to $122,411; an average turkey producer will have access to up to $147,356; an average egg producer will have access to up to $111,203; and an average hatching egg producer will have access to up to $375,297. These average entitlements are for the life of the program.

Responding to stakeholder requests, $17.3 million of the previously announced $36.5 million for the Turkey Farmers of Canada under the Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken (MDPTC) has been re-allocated to turkey producers under the PEFIP. The combined investment for MDPTC and PEFIP, totaling more than $691 million over ten years, remains unchanged.

The MDPTC, which was launched April 13, 2021, will provide $19.2 million to the Turkey Farmers of Canada and $25 million to the Chicken Farmers of Canada over ten years. This funding will help promotional activities that differentiate Canadian-made products’ reputation for high-quality, safe and sustainably farmed food that adheres to strict animal welfare standards.

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