2019 British Columbia Forage and Transportation Assistance Initiative

2019 floods in the Cariboo left many ranchers with standing water in hay fields and the inability to harvest.   As a result, a number of ranchers in the Cariboo region are experiencing extraordinary expenses relating to the purchase of replacement winter feed.    

The 2019 BC Forage and Transportation Assistance Initiative will provide assistance towards the purchase of additional hay for Cariboo ranchers who are required to purchase more hay than they normally would. In addition, where ranchers find it more economically viable to move animals to alternate feed sources rather than transport purchased feed home, assistance with the freight costs for moving the animals will be provided.  This assistance is in addition to Production Insurance claims.

The aim of this Initiative is to help livestock producers with the extraordinary hay purchases.  It is not intended to compensate for farm income losses and does not diminish the need to purchase commercial insurance for farm assets and infrastructure.

Application Process

Please find below the Application Forms for the 2019 BC Forage and Transportation Assistance Initiative.  

  • Please read the Terms and Conditions of your application package
  • Complete the general application form, as well as the appendices (e.g. Land  Inventory Form and the Canada Revenue Tax Form)
  • Identify the payment types that you will be applying for and fill out the Loss Schedule form(s) accordingly
  • Completed applications must be received by June 1, 2020
  • Upon completion, please return the application and Loss Schedule form(s) to us by scanning and emailing, faxing or by mail

Please do not hesitate to call the contacts, listed below, if you have any questions. Business Risk Management Branch staff will do their best to help you.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 1 888 332 3352 (Toll Free)
Fax: 1 250 861 7490
Email: ProductionInsurance.Kelowna@gov.bc.ca
Mail: 2019-20 - BC Forage and Transportation Assistance Initiative
  Business Risk Management Branch
  Ministry of Agriculture
  200 - 1690 Powick Road
  Kelowna, V1X 7G5


Forms:  Canada - B.C. Forage and Transportation Assistance Initiative for 2019-20