A farm sanctuary, because it doesn’t send it’s farmed animals to slaughter like hobby farms to “produce a product”, it does not qualify by itself for farm tax benefits. There are other options though! Below are links to see options for your sanctuary, and the tax benefits if you qualify.

If you are looking to start a business to attach to your sanctuary, there are grants that possibly could help. Also, for BC, this funding sources and grants for BC businesses list, which includes agriculture.

British Columbia | Farm Status

NOTE: If you buy buy a property within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use, farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are restricted.

ALC | Maps and GIS

ALC | Permitted Uses in the ALR

Alberta | Farm Status

Ontario | Farm Tax Program

OFA | Piecing Together the Farmland Tax Puzzle

Agricorp | Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program Eligibility

Considering Buying Land To Start A Sanctuary?

Other than checking the bylaws and making sure the land you buy is zoned to allow farmed animals, make sure to watch the below video as well as look through our resource for the public, with regards to starting a sanctuary.