The NFU has several categories of membership for people who farm. The Family Farm membership is for farmers who operate a farm as an individual or with family members (see full description); Farm Unit membership is for farmers who operate a cooperative/collective/communal farm together, and Farm Workers are farmers who are employed on farms. Farmers aged 25 or under can join as Youth Members. All of these categories have full voting rights.

If you are not a farmer, but support the work as an NFU, we welcome you to become an Associate member. Associate members cannot vote, but are valued members of the NFU.

How to sign up

If you are applying for a Farm Membership through the Farm Business Registration (FBR) or Farm Registration in Ontario, NB, or PEI, please scroll to the bottom of this page for information and links.

Renewing your membership

If you are manually renewing / restarting your membership, you can use the same forms as used when purchasing a new membership.

Signing up offline

If would rather not use the online payment system, please see the Membership – Offline Options page to join and/or donate by mail or phone.

Member benefits and insurance

If you are interested in NFU member benefits, such as health insurance and product discounts, click here for details.

Membership Types

Family Farm Members: Every member of the Farm Family including children, ages 14 to 21 are full voting members of the Union. This structure recognizes that every family member contributes to the farm by working on it directly or indirectly through off-farm employment.

Farm Unit memberships include up to 4 voting members. This recognizes that every committed member of farm units (cooperatives, collective farms, partnerships of non-relatives) contributes to the farm.

Farm Worker memberships are for individual farm workers.  Farm Workers are invaluable in agriculture — and in the NFU.

Youth memberships are for farm youth age 21 through 25; non-farm Youth may join as Associate members.

Associate: If you are not a farmer and would like to support the NFU’s work, we welcome you as an Associate Member.

Farm Business Registrations

If you live in Ontario and participate in the Farm Business Registration (FBR) program, click here for information about how to join. Deadline to register is March 1st.

If you live on Prince Edward Island, you can join the NFU through the PEI Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act program by clicking here. Deadline to register is April 1st, annually.

If you live in New Brunswick, you can join the NFU through the New Brunswick Agricultural Producers Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act. More information on the process can be found here. Renewal of registration is due January 31st annually.


Donations to support the NFU’s work are always welcome and put to good use! You may make a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation.


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