Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (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.
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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, you must have the intention to set up a farming business in Alberta and must demonstrate farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be eligible to apply to this stream:
- Prove that you have farm management skills with:
- Financial documentation of existing farm business;
- Proof of education, training, and work experience;
- A proposed business plan that describes the Alberta farming business that you plan to operate; and
- Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your farming business operations in Alberta.
- Prove that you have sufficient financial resources for this venture:
- Must be able to invest a minimum of CAD $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta; and
- Show a minimum net worth of CAD $500,000 or confirmation of access to similar funds from other sources.
Note: $500,000 is a minimum investment 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 in the proposed business plan; and
- The Government of Alberta prioritizes applications that show the greatest opportunity for growth based on Alberta’s agri-food targets.
- Attend an in-person interview with a Government of Alberta representative who determines your eligibility under the AINP.
Who is not eligible to apply to the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream
You are not eligible to apply if you are a:
- Refugee claimants, or if you are involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
- Live-in caregiver currently residing in Canada;
- Temporary Foreign Worker, working and residing in a province other than Alberta; and
- International student studying in Canada, including if you are doing a co-op work placement or internship as part of you study program.
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