The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream is designed to bring immigrants to the province with extensive farm management experience. The stream falls under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through the AINP, Alberta has the ability to welcome new permanent residents who have the proven skills and experience to benefit Alberta’s labour market.
Successful applicants to the Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream receive a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be used to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer eligibility criteria
Applicants to this stream must demonstrate:
- financial documentation of their existing farm business;
- documentation of their education, training, and work experience;
- A proposed business plan for the farming enterprise they are considering in Alberta; and
- proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance their proposed farming business.
Applicants must also:
- be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta;
- provide documents that demonstrate a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that they have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources (CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. Applicants may be required to show you have the ability to invest more than the minimum); and
- invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta. (Applicants will have to document their investment intentions in their proposed business plan. Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta’s agri-food targets will be given priority.)
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