Program objectives

In an effort to support low-income “multiple-owner farms,” L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) has instituted a Credit for UPA Dues Program. The credit, equivalent to an individual producer’s dues, is conditionally applied for 2017 provided all eligibility criteria are met. The administration of the program falls under the responsibility of the Director of Information Technology and Dues Services.

The term “multiple-owner farm” includes corporations, partnerships, associations, trusts, or any other farm group as defined in the Règlement sur les catégories de producteurs, leur représentation et leur cotisation annuelle à L’Union des producteurs agricoles (the Règlement). (L.R.Q., c. P-28, D 9958, G.O.Q., December 10, 2012, 5999).

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be an agricultural producer registered as a double-dues paying farm ($672) for the current year (2017) and expect to have a gross farm income of less than $20,000 for 2017;
  • Must be in compliance with the dues’ regulations (the Règlement) and have paid dues along with any applicable interest to the UPA, including payment of an individual dues, for the current year, i.e., $386.32 ($336 plus tax);
  • Must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the UPA, that the gross farm income for the year 2017 was less than $20,000 (1) and send us the required documents by July 31, 2018;
  • Must complete the form below and return it to the UPA by October 31, 2017 at the latest.

(1) The following items are counted as gross farm income for this program: sale of wood, crop insurance, AgriStability, farm income stabilization insurance (ASRA), Agri-Québec Plus.

The UPA reserves the right to alter the program criteria and/or to terminate the program without notice.

Representation and voting rights

Dues credit application forms are subject to initial processing upon receipt. Following conditional approval, the “multiple-owner farm” shall be considered an individual farm for the year in which the credit is applicable, in which case the farm will be entitled to a single authorized representative as identified on the credit application form. If the “multiple-owner farm” is a member of a syndicate affiliated with the UPA, the granting of the credit will involve:

i)    Only one vote;

ii)    Only one individual insured in the event of accidental death;

iii)    Only one membership card.

Form

I understand that I will be obligated to repay the credit with any applicable interest if my gross farm income exceeds $20,000 in 2017 or if I do not provide all the required documents by July 31, 2018.

Télécharger le formulaire anglais 2017

Télécharger le formulaire français 2017

Required documents

1) For General Partnerships and Co-Ownerships:

  • Statement of Farming Activities from the 2017 federal tax return (Form T2042).

For audit and program compliance purposes, a certain number of applications will be selected at random and analyzed in detail. In these cases, producers will be required to provide us with the following additional documents:

  • 2017 Federal Income Tax and Benefit Return (T1) of one of the partners or co-owners;
  • Notice of Assessment for the 2017 federal tax return;
  • Statement of Farm-Support Payments (Form AGR-1), if applicable.

OR

2) For Companies, Co-Operatives, and Limited Partnerships:

  • 2017 financial statements, including the notes.

For audit and program compliance purposes, a certain number of applications will be selected at random and analyzed in detail. In these cases, producers will be required to provide us with the following additional documents:

  • 2017 Federal Corporation Income Tax Return (T2);
  • Notice of Assessment for the 2017 federal tax return;
  • Statement of Farm-Support Payments (Form AGR-1), if applicable.

Credit allocation

If the UPA considers that the “multiple-owner farm” meets all program criteria, a credit equivalent to a 2017 single dues fee ($336) may be granted. In all cases, the granting of the credit shall be conditional upon the “multiple-owner farm” accepting all conditions of the program.

The UPA reserves the right to refuse any application that is non-compliant, is incomplete, is unsigned, or has missing or incomplete documentation.

  • The credit is not redeemable for cash, is not transferrable, and is not retroactive.

Confidentiality

The UPA undertakes to treat the documents and information submitted as confidential.

Important dates

When do I need to submit the application form? When do I need to submit the required documents? When will the credit be applied?
By October 31, 2017 By July 31, 2018, in order to keep the credit received in 2017. During the 2017 year

Contact information

Christiane Mackie
Email: cotisations@upa.qc.ca
Telephone: 450-679-0540, ext. 8213