Supporting Our Region's Producers



New Farms

Many skills and a lot of knowledge are required to start and run a farm business. Most successful producers recommend several years' experience on well-managed operations before starting a new farm.

Starting a New Farm
Government Programs
KBFA Workshops
Support Organizations
  • Young Agrarians works with a wide range of collaborators to grow supports for new farmers, including events, land access programs, farm apprenticeships, business mentorships, and community building.

  • BC Young Farmers is an association of BCAC whose members are 19 to 40 years old and work in many different agricultural sectors.


Business Planning

KBFA's focuses on technical production issues, but a farm's viability depends on an economical business plan and sound finances. Currently, most farm business inquiries are handled by the Basin Business Advisors.

Business Planning
Support Programs

The following programs offer professional consultations and business mentorships:

Online Tools
Budget Templates
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Enterprise Budgets give costs and returns for 26 common vegetable and livestock enterprises in southwest British Columbia, specifically for small-scale farms selling by direct marketing, such as farmers’ markets and CSA box programs.

KBFA Workshops - Cost of Production​
Support Programs
  • Farm Credit Canada, a Crown Corporation, invests entirely in agriculture.

  • Through CALA, several banks offer loans to new entrants (e.g. BMO, Scotia Bank, Royal Bank, Vancity).

  • Advance Payment Program gives agricultural producers cash advances.

  • Export Development Canada (EDC) is a federal export credit agency offering financial and risk management for businesses expanding into international (including US) markets.

Federal Relief Programs
  • AgriInsurance provides cost-shared insurance for natural hazard impacts on farm production and profits.

  • AgriRecovery provides financial assistance to agricultural producers suffering the impacts of a disaster. 

  • AgriInvest provides matching contributions to an "AgriInvest account" to manage income declines or investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

  • AgriStability provides income support to producers who experience a large margin decline.


Labour & Management

Management Support
Farm Management
Farm Labour Regulations
  • Hiring Farm Workers​ is a BC Government site with information on employer and employee rights and responsibilities.

Job Posting Sites
Free Canadian Sites
  • Goodwork is free and commonly used by Canadian businesses who offer "meaningful work in nature, environment, sustainability, nonprofits..."

  • Indeed Canada is a free and widely used job-posting site, among many others, including Canadian site WOWJobs (now owned by Indeed.)

Paid Posting Services
  • Betterteam is a paid service that posts your ad to many job sites simultaneously.

  • Ziprecruiter is a paid service that posts your ad to many job sites simultaneously.

Employment Programs
Wage Subsidies
  • Agriculture Youth Green Jobs Initiative (currently expired) is a cost-share program for farm operators who provide internships for high school students and post-secondary graduates.

  • Canada Summer Jobs Program offers up to 50% of minimum wage for employers of youth aged 15 to 30. Applications are usually accepted in February.

  • Get Youth Working! Program offers wage subsidies for employers of youth aged 18 to 24.

  • ECO Canada Employment Progams offer wage subsidies to "environmental employers" to drive valuable on-the-job work experience and essential skills training for "skilled junior talent."

Foreign Workers
Employee Training


Tools and Resources
Online Tools
Marketing Programs
  • BC Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program provides cost-share funding for marketing skills training, conducting market research, and developing strategic plans to prepare businesses for new domestic and international markets, and to assist exporters to expand their markets outside BC.

  • AgriMarketing Program helps small and medium-sized businesses implement international export plans, including marketing and promotion.

  • Canada Pavillion Program makes trade show participation easier at international food and beverage events.

Local Branding

KBFA Workshops 

Canada GAP
  • CanadaGAP is a fruit and vegetable certification and auditing program. 

Support Programs
  • AgriAssurance helps businesses certifying with a third party to fulfill international market requirements.