2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative

The 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative provides immediate relief to livestock producers. Producers do not need to be enrolled in any SCIC programs to qualify for funding.

Registration is now open!

You are encouraged to submit your 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative application online. Online applications are accessible through your desktop or mobile phone. Applications can also be mailed, faxed or dropped off at your local SCIC office.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. Final date to receive a payment is March 31, 2022.

Paper applications can be mailed to:

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Attention: 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative
Box 3000
484 Prince William Drive
Melville, SK
S0A 2P0

Here is a short video to watch to show you the application process.

Terms and Conditions

Program details on the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative are outlined in the Terms and Conditions. Participants must agree to Terms and Conditions of the Program prior to applying.

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How the initiative works:

The Initiative will consist of two payments totaling up to $200/head for cattle, with adjustments made on animal unit equivalents for other livestock. The minimum payment will be $500 for each payment. The maximum total payments will be $3,000,000 per operation.

Payment One

Initial payment provides immediate funding support to livestock producers. It is simple to apply for this first payment. Apply for payment one any time before January 31, 2022.

  • $100 per eligible breeding female or animal unit equivalent owned inventory as of August 1, 2021.

To apply, you simply must:

  1. Report total eligible female breeding livestock inventory.
    • Eligible livestock for this Initiative include Canadian-owned female beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheep or goats that are bred or intended to be bred.
    • The number of open replacement females considered eligible livestock is up to 15 per cent of total bred females per species.
  2. Declare eligibility, as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Payment Two

A second application form is to be completed when applying for payment two. Application will be available starting November 1, 2021. Even when this second application window opens in November, producers can still apply for their initial first payment.

  • Up to $100 per eligible breeding female or animal unit equivalent owned inventory as of December 31, 2021.
    • Head counts may have changed since August. Payment Two will use updated reported numbers. Payment One will remain based on August 1, 2021, reported inventory.

To apply, you must:

  1. Report projected eligible female breeding stock inventories
    • Eligible livestock for this Initiative include Canadian-owned female beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheep or goats that are bred in 2021 or intended to be bred in 2022.
    • The number of open replacement females considered eligible livestock is up to 15 per cent of total bred females per species.
  2. Complete the Extraordinary Cost Questionnaire.
    • Extraordinary cost details are defined in the Terms and Conditions.
    • Extraordinary costs may include: feed, transportation of feed, transportation of water, transportation of livestock, labour, temporary fencing, alternative grazing arrangements, the deficiency of the value of pasture production or winter feed production, or any other costs related to the 2021 drought.
    • Receipts are not required as part of the application for payment two. SCIC may request receipts or supporting documentation for verification purposes.
  3. Declare eligibility, as outlined in the Terms and Conditions

Eligibility

Producers

  • Must claim farm income and expenses for tax purposes in the province of Saskatchewan and be over the age of 18.
    • For applicants not required to file income tax, producers need to demonstrate production and sale of agriculture commodities in Saskatchewan. Contact SCIC to discuss the required documentation.
  • No minimum farm sales are required to apply for the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative.

Livestock

  • Canadian-owned female beef and dairy cattle, bison, elk, sheep or goats bred or intended to be bred.
  • This initiative will cover 70 per cent of extraordinary cost per head.
    • Animal unit equivalents:
Species Animal Unit Equivalent Extraordinary Expense per head
Beef, Dairy, Bison 1.0 $285
Elk 0.5 $143
Sheep, Goats 0.2 $57

Example: $285 x 70% X 1.0 = $200

Questions?

Producers with questions can call the drought response initiative’s dedicated toll-free number at 1-844-723-1211 or directly email skdri@scic.ca.

About the Initiative

AgriRecovery is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement, with funding shared on a 60-40 federal-provincial basis. On August 10, 2021, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced $119 million in provincial support for drought-affected livestock producers under the AgriRecovery Program. The program will provide a per head payment to help maintain breeding stock.