New for 2021: The income verification process has been automated with the Canada Revenue Agency for farms that operate as sole-proprietors or partnerships. This will eliminate the need for the submission of additional information for these farms. On the renewal form, you will be asked to report line 9659 from your Statement of Farming Activities (form T2042). There is also a new section for you to provide your Social Insurance Number, date of birth and your signature to authorize the verification with CRA.
For Corporations, you will still be required to verify gross farm income by submitting the appropriate section of the Income Statement Information – Schedule 125 – Farm Revenue (Line 9659), or AgriStability/AgriInvest – Statement A – Corporation/Co-Operative (Line 9950). All of the options that were available last year are still available.
If you have not been claiming farm income on your income tax, or you are a new entrant – please submit an application without the requested forms and you will be contacted directly by the Farm Registration Office.
Becoming a Member
To become a member of the NSFA, you’ll need to “Check the Box” on Section 6 of your farm registration form – there is no additional cost above your farm registration fee. If you haven’t received a farm registration form or you didn’t “Check the Box” when you submitted it – it’s not too late – contact the Farm Registrar’s Office at (902)893-6377.
We hope you’ll become a member of the NSFA, if you’re not already, and get involved in our organization! We have a number of active committees for both policy and programs, along with training and workshop opportunities – whatever fits your goals!
Farm Registration Renewals
Farm Registration is renewed annually on April 1st. If you have previously registered your farm, you should receive registration renewal documents from the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
You will need to update any information and complete the remaining sections.
What are the benefits of registering my farm?
- Access to farm assistance programs (Canadian Agricultural Partnership)
- Access to veterinary services and herd health
- No tax on marked diesel fuel
- Farm Plates
The Farm Registration Renewals are now available!
You can complete the entire farm registration process online.
You may also mail your Farm Registration or register in person at any Access Nova Scotia location.
Farm Registration Fees
|Gross Farm Receipts||Fee|
|$30,000 – $99,999||$400|
|$100,000 – $499,999||$600|
|$500,000 – $999,999||$850|
|$1,000,000 or more||$975|
Farm Registration – Frequently Asked Questions
What does my registration pay for?
Registration fees provide funding for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA). Following a change in the Farm Registration Act, refunds of fees are no longer an option. All registration fees will remain with the NSFA.
Do I receive any documentation as a result of registering?
A wallet size farm registration card is sent to the client once the application is processed.
How long does it take to get registration documentation?
Approximately six weeks, keeping in mind there are periods in which there is an influx of applications so some delays may occur. If you experience a delay longer than six weeks please contact Farm Registrar at 893-6510.
What do I do if I have changes to my business information?
Changes to the business name, address, partners, should be reported to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations at 1-800-670-4357.
I purchased an existing farm which has been registered, what do I do?
Since farm ownership has changed you will have to submit a new application for registration, and a new farm registration card will be issued.
Where can I get more information on farm assistance programs?
By visiting www.gov.ns.ca/agri/prm or by calling Programs and Business Risk Management at 1-902-893-6510.