The Business Investor Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a new format for business immigration to Manitoba. Among the two new pathways of the Business Investor Stream is the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway.
This renewed initiative provides a route to Canadian permanent resident status for investors and entrepreneurs who wish to purchase or start a business in Manitoba.
The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway is specifically aimed at supporting potential candidates who wish to start a farm business in Manitoba. Potential candidates must demonstrate farm business experience, sufficient investment capital, and the intention to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba. The farm operation must be relevant to Manitoba’s current farming industry and produce primary products consistent with the province’s current output (for example – but not limited to – fruit crops, wheats, potatoes, and bees).
The MPNP clarifies that if you are interested in setting up a farm that does not produce primary products, you may qualify under the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway.
The current application system is expected to change as further updates to the MPNP are rolled out through 2018. As part of the “soft launch” of the stream, Manitoba immigration authorities have implemented an interim application process, as outlined below. This process allows potential candidates to express their interest in the pathways through the submission of required forms, but Manitoba has stated that after the upcoming changes to the MPNP are fully implemented, the process will be online.
Step 1: Explore Manitoba
In addition to meeting the minimum criteria for the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway, outlined in the table below, potential applicants also need to complete an Interest Guidelines Form to demonstrate their education, farm business experience, adaptability to life and business in Manitoba, language proficiency, research on Manitoba business and any exploratory trips conducted, net worth, and economic priorities.
If you are interested in applying through this pathway, the MPNP specifically advises that you thoroughly research current Manitoba farming operations. All applications need to demonstrate relevance within Manitoba’s farm industry, and be comparable in factors such as scale, use of technology and technological practices, equipment, production output. All potential applicants need to show that their farming skills, technical knowledge, and experience will transfer directly to primary farm production in Manitoba.
Eligibility requirements for the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
|Farm Business Experience||Minimum of three years farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.|
|Language ability||The Farm Investor Pathway recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.|
If you are invited to attend a FIP interview, you will be required to conduct the interview in either French or English.
|Farm Business Investment||At least $300,000. You are expected to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.|
Farm business investments must be in eligible tangible assets as defined by the MPNP.
A farm business plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
|Farm Business Research Visit||You must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.|
|Farm Business Activities||A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.|
You are required to live on the farm and actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
The farm business must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable.
The MPNP requires you to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers are not eligible under the MPNP.
|Economic Establishment Adaptability||You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.|
|Net Worth||At least $500,000|
The MPNP may request for verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider.
If requested, the verification report, along with your application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Invitation to Apply.