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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Farm Registration

Who Needs This Registration?

Farm Registration is a voluntary, annual program. Farms eligible to file a farm tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency may register.

Farm Registration provides for:

  • Managed access to government programs by farm businesses
  • Collection of farm information to develop agricultural policy
  • Stable funding of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Farmers need to register to access government agricultural programs. Examples of programs that require a Farm Registration include Farm License Plates, Fuel Tax Exemption, Livestock Herd Health, and grant programs. Registered farms also receive a discount on some Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture laboratory analyses.

Proof of Income with your application:

Sole Proprietors and Partnerships - In partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the gross commodity income of the farm will be verified on your behalf. The farm's gross commodity income is based on the amount declared on line 9659 of the farm's most recent filing of the Statement of Farming Activities (T2042) with the CRA. The primary owner of the farm must provide their legal name, social insurance number (SIN), date of birth, and signature, giving consent to income verification

Corporations - Proof of eligible gross commodity income must be provided, based on the Statement of Farming Activities, by submitting a copy of the most recent version of one of the following documents: Income Statement Information - Schedule 125 - Farm Revenue (Line 9659) OR AgriStability/AgriInvest - Statement A - Corporation/Co-Operative (Line 9959).

Other Options for all Farms - You may provide a Chartered Professional Accountant declaration completed by your Chartered Professional Accountant, or a notarized Self-declaration form with your application to report your farm income. These forms are found in the "Application and Further Information" section of this webpage.

Issuing Department / Agency:
  Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Application Form & Further Information:

Incorporated Farm Registration Application [ Adobe Reader- 268 kb]
Sole-Proprietorship / Partnership Farm Registration Application [ Adobe Reader- 318 kb]
Declaration form, Chartered Professional Accountant [ Adobe Reader- 144 kb]
Notarized self declaration [ Adobe Reader- 149 kb]
Farm Registration Fact Sheet [ Adobe Reader- 512 kb]

  1. By Phone:
    For program related information, contact the Registrar of Farms at 902-893-6377, 902-893-6510, or toll free at 1-866-844-4276.

    For technical assistance completing your application, contact Service Nova Scotia & Internal Services at 902-424-5200; or toll free at 1-800-670-4357.

  2. By Mail:
    Requests for additional information may be mailed directly to: Nova Scotia Business Registry P.O. box 1529 Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4.

  3. In Person: At any Access Nova Scotia Centre
Once application is complete you may submit it with payment to:
  1. Online:
    You may apply online at: NS Online.

  2. In person:
    Any Access NS Centre or any Department of Fisheries and Agriculture Field office throughout the province.

  3. By Mail:
    Application and payment should be sent directly to: Nova Scotia Business Registry
    P.O. box 1529 Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4.
  4. By Fax: 902-424-0602
Waiting Period:
  10 business days, provided all required documentation is submitted and completed in full.
Expiry & Renewal:
  This registration is valid for 1 year, covering the period from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the next. It is renewable, and the Department will send out a renewal notice approximately 4 weeks before it expires.
Price, Payment Method and Locations:
  The annual fees are based on gross farm income, therefore annual fees vary from one farm to another. Fees range from $175.00 to $975.00.

Payment Online:
Payment may be submitted by visiting NS Online and logging in or creating an account. Payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac Online.

Payment in Person:
Business Registration Unit - 6- North, 1505 Barrington St. Maritime Centre, Halifax
Cash, Debit, Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

Drop Off: (only)
Any Access NS Centre
Cheque, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

Payment by Mail:
Business Registration Unit - P.O. Box 1529, Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4
Cheque, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

Payment by Fax:
Business Registration Unit - 902-424-0602
Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

All cheques, money orders and bank drafts should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.
Legislative Authority:
  Farm Registration Act, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 1994-95.

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