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.

 

Minimum Requirements

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.

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