Maritime Livestock Price Insurance Pilot Program

This insurance pilot program offers protection against an unexpected drop in prices over a defined period of time. Coverage is based on market price forecasts. Producers can insure any portion of their calf or feeder cattle inventory. Producers can choose from a range of policy lengths and coverage levels, so their policy coincides with calf or feeder cattle marketing timelines.

What does this program cover?

Livestock producers on PEI can purchase price protection on calves and feeders in the form of an insurance policy. 

Who qualifies?

To be eligible for insurance, producers must meet the Maritime Livestock Price Insurance Pilot Program PEI Contract of Insurance eligibility requirements. Examples of eligible producers include but are not limited to: 

  • Those who file farm income (or loss) for tax purposes in Prince Edward Island; 
  • Owner(s) of the Eligible Livestock; and
  • Eligible Mi’kmaq First Nations and other Indigenous groups, as outlined in the Contract of Insurance eligibility requirements.

Please note that those applying as an individual must be of the full age of majority. For full eligibility requirements, please review the Contract of Insurance

New Producers who were not previously required to report farm income (or loss) may participate if they intend to file farm income (or loss) as required. For more eligibility requirements refer to the PEI Contract of Insurance.

Eligible Livestock means cattle (calves or feeders) covered by a Contract of Insurance and who have spent a portion of their life within Prince Edward Island.

Owner means a person, or persons who has (or have) ownership through financial risk and physical possession, whether it be partial or full legal ownership of, the Eligible Livestock.

How do I participate?

Eligible PEI producers can register for the program through the Agri-Commodity Management Association (ACMA) by:

  • Email:
  • Phone:  902-957-2606.
  • You will have to complete an application for identification & subscription number form. ACMA will guide you through the application and buying processes. 

Premiums are 100% paid by the producer. Administrative costs are funded by federal and provincial governments and are not loaded into premium costs.

To be included in the newsletter on the pilot program,

Questions and Answers

How are the premiums calculated?

Premiums are based on the insured index/coverage the producer selects. A range of options will be available.

Premium rates are calculated based on the weekly average price of feeder cattle/calves sold through auction in the Ontario and Quebec marketing region voluntarily contributing their data to the location relevant to that Settlement Index, expressed in dollars per Unit and established in accordance with the price setting methodology.

How do I choose policy length?

Producers are encouraged to match the policy length to the time period when cattle are expected to be marketed.

What does my policy cover?

Producers will select the coverage to establish a floor price that best suits their operation’s needs.

When will I get a payment?

A producer is entitled to a payment under the price insurance policy if the settlement index for the week of the claim date is less than the insured index for that policy.

When will I access my claim window?

Producers may enter their claim window in the final four weeks of the policy. The first three weeks must be manually managed by producers, and you will need to notify ACMA you want to settle. At this time if in claim, producers may settle a portion of insured weight or all insured weight. At settlement date if a claim is owing the payment will automatically be sent to the producer for all remaining insured weight.


For more information and/or to be included in the newsletter, contact:

Agri-Commodity Management Association
Phone: 902 957-2606
Website: Maritime Livestock Price Insurance



Published date: 
June 12, 2024

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