The Saskatchewan Farm Owner and Operator immigration category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invites farmers to come to Saskatchewan to operate a farming business.
This is a highly specific category of the SINP, which demands a particular background and investment from its applicants, so if you are interested in this route it is recommended to get in touch directly with the SINP before you take further steps to apply.
Applicants to the Farm Owner and Operator category work closely with Saskatchewan Agriculture to establish what sort of farm they may establish in the province, and whether they are eligible for the program.
Potential candidates need to submit:
- proof of a net worth of at least $500,000 CAD;
- proof of knowledge and experience of farm operation, through documents such as education credentials and work experience, which the SINP can verify through interview; and
- a proposal for a farming opportunity. The SINP clarifies that this needs to be practical and well thought-out.
Applicants must also visit the province for at least five days to explore opportunities in the proposed area, and meet with a SINP representative.
In addition, applicants must submit a refundable cash deposit of $75,000 CAD and sign a Performance Agreement. This acts as a commitment to purchase and actively operate a farm in Saskatchewan. After meeting the terms of the Performance Agreement, the cash deposit is returned – if the terms are not met within two years of arrival, it is forfeited to the province.