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.
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.
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.