The governments of Alberta and Canada are providing $165 million to support livestock producers affected by drought and extreme growing conditions.

Alberta’s livestock producers are vital to our province’s economy. It has been a tough growing season with challenges due to dry conditions causing many farmers and ranchers to face extraordinary costs. To help them through this difficult time, the governments of Alberta and Canada are partnering on a 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance response.

Funding for this joint AgriRecovery initiative is cost-shared through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), with the federal government providing $99 million and Alberta’s government providing $66 million. Agriculture Financial Services (AFSC) will administer the program.

Sustainable CAP is a five-year program, beginning this year, and includes a $3.5 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation and resiliency in the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. This investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs funded 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially-territorially.

Read the full release: Drought relief support for livestock producers

How to Apply

Applications for this initiative will be available later this month. Participants are strongly encouraged to apply online using AFSC Connect for faster service.

1/ I’m new to AFSC. I do not have an AFSC ID number

If you are not currently an AFSC client, you will need to be set up as a AFSC client to receive an AFSC ID number. More information on this process will be available in the coming days.

2/ I have an AFSC ID number, but I do not have an AFSC Connect account

Producers who are current AFSC clients should ensure they have an AFSC Connect account and are signed up for direct deposit to receive program payments as quickly as possible.

3/ I have an AFSC number and an AFSC Connect account

You may want to gather the following information:

  • Premises ID number
  • AgriStability subscription number
    Producers who have participated in AgriStability or AgriRecovery previous will have an AgriStability subscription number. If you are unsure, please contact AFSC via Live Chat on AFSC Connect or our website, by calling the Client Care Centre at 1.877.899.2372 or contacting your preferred branch office.
  • The total number of eligible breeding livestock on hand (or projected to be on hand) as of December 31, 2023 that you made feeding decisions for from June 1, 2023 onward

AFSC is here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please use Live Chat on AFSC Connect or our website, email, call the Client Care Centre at 1.877.899.2372, or contact your preferred branch office.