Financial Assistance



AgriInvest is a Business Risk Management Program under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

It helps farmers by matching their contributions to a special program savings account. Farmers can use the funds in their AgriInvest accounts to:

  • cover small margin declines 
  • reduce risk 
  • invest in farm-related improvements

The federal government pays 60 per cent of the program cost, and the provincial government pays 40 per cent.


All farmers, including those farming on reserves, are eligible if they report farming income for tax purposes and meet all other program requirements, including deadlines for sending information and paying program fees.

Most agricultural commodities are eligible except: 

  • supply-managed commodities
  • aquaculture
  • forestry products
  • peat moss
  • game
  • cannabis   

Farmers who process or resell items they do not produce are ineligible under the program. 


Calculation of government contribution

Contributions are based on the participant's allowable net sales (ANS) in a given year. ANS is the difference between the sales and purchases of eligible commodities.

Revenue from sales and purchases of farm commodities are included in the calculation, as well as income from AgriInsurance or similar commodity-replacement programs.

Other income (ex: custom work, rental income, and program payments) are not included, nor are most expenses (ex: inputs, overhead expenses, machinery, rental expense, interest, depreciation, and labour).

  • Sales are calculated at the point of sale. Grain sales are recorded as of at the local delivery point, or when the commodity is no longer under the farmer's control. 
  • If there are no itemized invoices or receipts, adjustments are made to custom feeding and prepared feed to estimate the commodity value.

The maximum government contribution is one per cent of ANS. That means a farmer with ANS of $250,000 would be eligible to make a matching deposit of $2,500. The maximum farmer deposit is 100 per cent of ANS, but only the first one per cent is matched.

  • The maximum ANS is $1 million.  As a result, the maximum government contribution matching contribution is $10,000.
  • You must have ANS of at least $25,000 to receive a matching government contribution.
  • The maximum account balance is 400 per cent of the average ANS for the current year and the previous two years (or all farming years in the case of a new farmer).


Farmers may withdraw the funds in the account at any time, subject to any limitations by the program administration and/or the financial institution where the account is held.

If the participant has no sales or purchases of eligible commodities, or does not submit the program forms, for two consecutive years, their account will be closed and the balance paid to the participant.


  1. Open a program account at a participating financial institution. The federal government website will explain how. 
  2. At the end of the fiscal year, participants must submit financial information, usually found on their income tax forms, to the program administration who will calculate the current year's eligible contribution.
  3. Program administration will then send a deposit notice to the farmer, noting the:
    • maximum deposit
    • deadline for making a deposit
    • maximum account balance
    • maximum government contribution
  4. Participants then make a deposit into the account, which is matched by a government contribution.


For details, including forms and guidelines, go to:


This information is intended as a guide only.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada administers the AgriInvest program in Manitoba. Program administration can be reached at 1-866-367-8506.

For general information on the AgriInvest program, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture office.