Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream aims to attract farm owners/operators who plan to live in Alberta in order to purchase and manage their farming business.
The AINP assesses applicants' eligibility by working closely with Alberta's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
To be considered for immigration to Alberta under this stream, individuals with the intention to set up a farming business in Alberta must demonstrate farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
Self-employed farmers must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be eligible to apply to this stream:
- Prove that they have farm management skills with:
- Financial documentation of existing farm business;
- Proof of education, training, and/or work experience;
- A proposed business plan for Alberta farm; and
- Proof that a Canadian financial institution will finance farming venture in Alberta.
- Prove that they have sufficient financial resources for this venture:
- Show ability to invest a minimum of $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta; and
- Show a minimum net worth of $500,000 or confirmation of access to similar funds.
- $500,000 is a minimum amount. A larger amount may be required to demonstrate investment ability.
- Prove that they will invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta:
- Document investment intentions with proposed business plan; and
- Be aware that applications that show greatest opportunity for growth of Alberta’s agri-food targets will be given priority.
When Not to Apply
Candidates should not apply if they are:
- Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
- Live-in caregivers currently residing in Canada;
- Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta;
- International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.