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.
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.