You are eligible for a farm plate if you're an active farmer or active farm corporation, as defined by the following criteria:
- You control and are responsible for the operation of a farm.
- You own, lease or rent the land that you farm.
- You make an appreciable contribution to the growth and maturity of primary farm products. For example, you raise or grow farm products, and from your nurturing efforts, you expect to earn a profit.
You're not eligible for a farm plate if:
- You've retired from farming or have rented out your land to another party for the purpose of farming.
- You buy primary farm products1 solely for the purpose of resale.
- You have a farming operation that doesn't meet the minimum size criteria.
Winding down allowance
Farmers who have quit or retired from farming in the past 12 months can qualify for a winding down allowance which gives them the ability to continue using farm plates for a full year (beginning the day the farmer no longer meets the farm plate eligibility criteria) while they wrap up their farm operations. After that time they are required to change their registration to another plate class.
Diversifying farmers may be eligible for farm plates during, and for a term after, a transition to a new type of farming operation. Farmers in the diversification process can apply to SGI for an extension or bridging of their eligibility during the transition. Each case will be evaluated and, if the allowance is granted, the diversifying farmer will be sent a letter of authorization.
Minimum size of farm operation
In order to ensure that farm plates are only provided to actual farm operations, there are 2 methods of meeting the minimum farm size criteria:
- Cereal crop and canola growers
A cereal crop or canola grower must operate a farm where they own, lease or rent at least 30 cultivated hectares of land (75 acres) used for the growing of barley, canola, flax, oats, rye or wheat for sale.
- Livestock and other crop producers
All other types of farm operations must consist of an area of land that the farmer owns, rents or leases and is used to produce primary farm products that generated at least:
- $10,000 of gross revenue in the past year, or
- $20,000 of gross revenue over the past 2 years, or
- $10,000 in value added to their crops or animals in the past year. It's up to the farmer to declare such value added, with the understanding that they may be required to produce evidence in the event of a claim.
Farm plates and joint registrations
A joint registration option is available for vehicles that are used in the operation of more than one farm providing:
- Each name appearing on the vehicle registration certificate is a legal entity. For example: Farmer A, Farmer B, and Farm C Limited can appear on the certificate of registration because they are all examples of legal entities;
- Each entity that appears on the certificate of registration individually qualifies for farm plates; and
- All parties have a financial interest in the vehicle.
A vehicle that is jointly registered in Class F may be used to haul the farm products of each farmer listed on the registration.
Vans and SUVs
Vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) must be registered in Class LV and cannot be registered in Class F. However, insurance rates for vans and SUVs owned by farmers are at least 10% lower than similar Class LV vehicles registered by private or commercial owners. Please note that farmers with vans and SUVs registered in Class LV are not allowed to use farm fuel.
Farm car discount
The farm car discount is a 20% discount on the licence plate insurance premium of a car owned by a farmer. To qualify, the person must be eligible for a Class F plate and reside on a farm located outside of an urban area (city, town, village, etc.) for at least 6 months, accumulative, in the previous 12-month period.
The person must also be working at a farming operation for a minimum of 720 hours, accumulative, in the previous 12-month period. The spouse of a farmer who meets the above criteria can qualify for this discount as long as they live on the farm.
A farm corporation can also receive this discount as long as the corporation is eligible for Class F plates, the car is registered to the corporation, and the principal operator of the vehicle has a primary occupation of farming and resides on the farm.
Note: Farmers with cars registered in Class LV are not allowed to use farm fuel.
How to apply for farm plates
To apply for a farm plate, go to any SGI motor licence issuing office in the province. If you meet the farm plate qualifications and provide proof of vehicle ownership, you will be asked to sign a declaration and provide your land location.
- Primary farm products
Barley, bees, canola, eggs, fish, flax, forage crops, fur from farm animals, honey, livestock, fruits, milk, oats, poultry, rabbits, rye, sod, specialty crops, trees and shrubs, vegetables, wheat, wild game, wool and bedding plants, nursery and florist crops.
It does not include horses raised and retained for racing or exhibiting as pets, or livestock raised as pet stock (cats, dogs, birds, etc.).