The Assurance System Producer Program provides poultry producers with a rebate for veterinarian assessments and approved eligible equipment expenses that improve biosecurity and animal welfare practices. Eligible applicants must meet program criteria below.
You are eligible to apply for a rebate if:
- You are a Saskatchewan poultry producer (individual, partnership, corporation or First Nation);
- Individual applicants are at least 18 years of age;
- You file income tax demonstrating a minimum $50,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year of application or the year prior to the application; or
- You are a Saskatchewan First Nation individual or a First Nation carrying out the business of farming and can demonstrate a minimum $50,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year of application or the year prior to the application;
- You have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number;
- You are validated, registered and/or certified by industry below:
- Raised by a Canadian Farmer On Farm Food Safety Program; and
- Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program.
- On-Farm Food Safety Program; and
- Flock Care Program.
- Egg Producers:
- Start-Clean Stay-Clean; and
- Animal Care Program.
- Hatching Egg Producers:
- Canadian Hatching Egg Quality (CHEQ); and
- Animal Care Program; and
- You have had a veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report completed by a veterinarian licensed with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.
For the purposes of the program, related applicants are subject to the maximum program rebate of $15,000. Related applicants include spouses, relatives in the same residence or individuals who have controlling interests in more than one operation.
Applicants who share livestock facilities will be considered one operation and subject to the maximum rebate of $15,000.
Maximum program rebate is per operation which may include more than one project location or a related applicant and includes Assurance System Producer Program funding from all species on the operation (swine, dairy, poultry, etc.).
For clarification regarding eligibility, related applicants or shared facilities, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
Funding is available for veterinarian assessments and approved eligible equipment. Equipment must be installed and/or functional to be eligible for rebate. Pictures may be requested.
- Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum program payment of $15,000.
- Step 1: Ensure you are validated, registered and/or certified through the poultry industry.
- Step 2: Have a veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report completed.
- The veterinarian assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed before any equipment purchases are made.
- Maximum rebate for veterinarian assessments and completing the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report is $500 per operation (this can include more than one assessment or a follow-up assessment). Applicants who share livestock facilities will be considered one operation and subject to the maximum rebate of $500.
- Program payments are subject to a minimum rebate of $250.
Validation, Registration and/or Certification
Information on validation, registration and/or certification requirements is available through your board or association.
Veterinarian Assessment and Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report
The veterinarian assessment must be completed by a veterinarian licensed with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association. The veterinarian must be an arm's-length party from the operation being assessed. The legal land location of the project location/facility assessed must be identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report. After the visit to the operation, the veterinarian completes the online Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report based on the on-farm assessment, saves a copy for their records and provides a copy to the producer.
Note: The Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed electronically by the veterinarian and a copy provided to the producer. Handwritten reports will not be accepted.
Download the Veterinarian Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation report for Poultry.
Before you apply
- Review eligibility;
- Ensure validation, registration and/or certification required by industry; and
- Have a veterinary assessment and the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report completed by a veterinarian licensed with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.
Items below are rebated at 50 per cent of eligible costs to the maximums where indicated. Items must be identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report, completed by the veterinarian, to be considered for funding. There is no limit to the number of equipment items a producer may purchase within either the equipment or program maximums. Items as identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report, regardless of risk level, will be considered for funding.
Eligible items include:
- Fencing for bedding storage (max. rebate: $2,500):
- Posts (metal or wood), wire and fasteners (staples);
- Mortality disposal site (fencing only) (max. rebate: $750):
- Posts (metal or wood), wire and fasteners (staples);
- Manure storage (fencing to prevent contact and access) (max. rebate: $2,500):
- Posts, wire and fasteners (staples);
- Feeder caps:
- Covers for feeders in enriched housing system;
- Water treatment monitoring equipment:
- Water filtration system may include chlorination and green sand filter;
- Signage for controlled and restricted zones:
- Gate and visitor signs specifying biosecurity;
- Cleaning and disinfection station(s):
- Hand wash stations and/or boot wash stations;
- Commercial sweeper:
- Walk-behind unit; and
- Battery powered;
- Sanitation of mobile equipment:
- Backpack sprayers for vehicles and equipment; and
- Stationary or portable fogging machine for disinfection; and
- Industrial hot water pressure washer:
- 3,000 psi or greater capability; and
- Supply pump, water heater and multiple wash wands and components.
Animal Welfare Improvements
- Advanced warning/communication system:
- Welfare alarms including temperature and fan alarms;
- Lighting improvements:
- LED flickering – appropriate control system, dawn to dusk lighting controllers, shatterproof lighting and bulbs (max. rebate on bulbs $1,000);
- Fencing for bird separation:
- Wire or plastic mesh fencing;
- Cage dividers:
- Monitoring and recording for flock care:
- Video monitoring and light intensity meters;
- Slat flooring:
- Polypropylene or plastic slat flooring;
- Curtain system to control air movement and temperature:
- Curtain system specifically designed for poultry barns;
- Enrichment items for enrichment cages:
- Perches and scratch pads;
- Hanging weigh scales:
- For aviary systems, metal or ramps designed for poultry to access feed and nesting areas;
- Air quality:
- Carbon dioxide sensor and ammonia sensor;
- Litter moisture sensors:
- Approved bird euthanasia devices:
- Cervical dislocation devices, chamber and cart gassing and associated equipment; and
- Hot weather management equipment:
- Misting systems, fogger system and evaporative cooling pads.
Ineligible expenses include:
- Start-up operations i.e. locations where livestock facilities with permanent infrastructure necessary for confining and handling livestock did not previously exist;
- Expenditures prior to date of the veterinarian's Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report and program launch of Nov. 9, 2018;
- Equipment or items not recommended or identified on the Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Equipment Recommendation Report;
- Training costs;
- Staff training for equipment;
- Equipment or items such as: windbreaks, windbreak panels, concrete, paddock slabs, water bowls or water appliances;
- Applicant, employee or third-party salaries or labour and installation costs or administration costs;
- Basic repair and maintenance or ongoing expenses;
- Purchase of buildings or construction of new buildings, additions or building modifications;
- Cost for use of own equipment or tools;
- Fabricated items or equipment not purchased from a recognized dealer. For the purposes of the program, a recognized dealer is typically defined as a business where manufacturing is a key service or the business is an authorized dealer for a certain item(s);
- Leased, used or self-made equipment, including any equipment purchased at auction;
- Extended warranty or insurance costs;
- Financing, interest, legal fees or taxes;
- In-kind materials;
- Plumbing and electrical expenses; and
- Shipping, freight or brokerage fees.
- Any submissions for rebate utilizing a third-party vendor must be from a vendor who is third party arm's-length, or the claim will be funded based on the actual purchase price and require the submission of original invoices.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Applications must be received by December 31, 2022.
Download the Assurance System Producer Program Rebate Application - Poultry.
Note: It is recommended this application form be saved to your computer before entering in the information.
Completed applications can be submitted by email to Programs Branch or by mail to:
Assurance System Producer Program
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 - 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK S4S 0B1