All farm businesses in Ontario that gross $7,000 or more annually are required by law to register their farm business with Agricorp.
There are two distinct benefits to registering your farm business:
- Farm property class tax rate – You may qualify to pay 25 per cent of the municipal residential rate on your agricultural land.
- Membership in an accredited farm organization – With a valid FBR number, you can obtain a membership in one of two accredited farm organizations:
- Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)
- Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)
How it works
Agricorp delivers the Farm Business Registration (FBR) program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. How FBR information is used Agricorp compiles your registration information and delivers it to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Your data is used to develop sound public policy for Ontario’s producers. OMAFRA also notifies the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation about all registered farms each year. Your valid FBR number is one of the requirements for receiving the farm property class tax rate.
Membership in an accredited farm organization
With a valid FBR number, you can obtain a membership in one of two accredited farm organizations. You choose your farm organization each year. You can request a refund from the farm organization that received your registration fee. To receive a refund, your farm must first be registered and your fee must be paid. If you receive a refund, you will still have an FBR number, but you can’t use it to obtain a membership.
Taking over a family business
In most cases, you will need to get your own unique FBR number. Contact us to get one.
The Farm Business Registration (FBR) fee is $195 plus HST, for a total cost of $220.35. Your FBR fee pays for a membership each year in the accredited farm organization of your choice.
For new FBR registrations
If you are applying for the first time, please contact us to register and choose your general farm organization. You will need to send us your proof of income, including your T1 (for individuals) or T2 (for corporations).
When we have received this information, we will phone you back to provide you with your FBR number and payment options.
For renewing your FBR registration
Once you have registered your farm business, we will send you a renewal notice each year. To renew your FBR registration, pay your renewal fee by March 1.
Every three years
We will send you a personalized registration form in addition to your annual renewal notice. Make any corrections and send them to us by March 1 via:
At renewal time each year
If you need to change your account (e.g., choose a different accredited farm organization, change your address or ownership), contact us by March 1.
Every three years
Every three years, we will send you a personalized registration form in addition to your annual renewal notice. Make any corrections and send them to us byMarch 1 using:
- FBR website