Farmer Category

The Canadian farming industry is experiencing a serious shortage in agricultural workers. Canadian farmers are making their way to retirement in massive numbers and the Canadian government is sufficiently concerned that it is actively recruiting farmers from across the globe to migrate to Canada. Provinces of Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities regarding business people immigrating to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program for Business.

Manitoba

Qualified farm business people from around the world can get nominated by the province of Manitoba under The Young Farmer Provincial Nominee Program. Farmers, who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a farm or become partners in an existing farm business, can apply under this category. The Young Farmer Nominee Program accelerates the immigration process by providing a Nomination Certificate to you which allows for faster processing by the Government of Canada of your immigration application.

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Eligibility

To be eligible under the Manitoba PNP program for young farmers, you must meet the following requirements:

  •   Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN$150,000 (after relocating to Manitoba)
  •   Make a minimum amount of equity investment of CDN$150,000 in Manitoba
  •   Principal applicant must be under 40 years of age
  •   Have a minimum of three (3) years of farm ownership experience, or three (3) years farm management background.
  •   Principal applicant (and/or spouse) has marketable skills that would supplement farm income
  •  Have conducted a visit to Manitoba for a minimum of seven (7) days to investigate farming opportunities and Manitoba’s quality of life prior to applying
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The applicant must also be prepared to:

  • Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba to be able to provide documented assessment of farm business opportunities in Manitoba and general knowledge of the province
  •  Make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitob
  •  Reside in Manitoba along with their dependent family members
  •  Able to demonstrate that the combination of farm income and off-farm supplementary income will provide a family after tax income, in excess of $35,000.00 per year
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Saskatchewan

The Farm Owner/Operator category for Saskatchewan is for individuals with proven experience in farming and substantial capital available to invest in a farming operation and who intend to purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan. The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category is designed to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in our province’s rural areas.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Farm Owner/Operator category in Saskatchewan, you must meet all of the following four criteria:

  • Available Equity – you must provide financial documents showing a net worth of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD).
  • Refundable Cash Deposit – you must sign a Performance Agreement committing to purchase a farm operation in Saskatchewan and make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 CAD in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to you when the terms of the Performance Agreement are met. The deposit will be forfeited to the Province if the terms are not met within two years of landing in Saskatchewan.
  • Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan – you must have conduct a comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan of no less than five working days and must meet with an SINP representative.
  • Farm operation knowledge and experience – you must provide documentation (e.g.education and training, work experience, financial documents of their previous operations) that demonstrates that you are a knowledgeable farm operator. If necessary, we may further verify this information through an interview when you are in Saskatchewan.
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Nova Scotia

Farming is an ancient and noble profession and one of the Nova Scotia’s backbone industries. This stream creates jobs and boosts rural economies by bringing migrants with agricultural skills to Nova Scotia. A joint venture between the Office of Immigration and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, the Agri-Food Sector pilot stream is aimed at immigrants interested in agri-food primary production and/or value added production. It is estimated that there is over 1.6 million hectare of land available in Nova Scotia for farming and pasture, which is good news for young farmers wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have legal status in your country of residence
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55
  • Have completed the equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma, with a minimum of 12 years of education and/or training from a recognised institution and/or authority
  • Provide proof of sufficient English or French language proficiency to be employable and functional in Nova Scotia upon arrival based on documentation of language proficiency
  • Travel to Nova Scotia for at least one five-day period to explore farming opportunities. During this visit, you must meet with representatives of the Department of Agriculture who will inform and guide you in the Nova Scotia agri-food sector. You must also have an interview with a nominee officer from the Office of Immigration who will provide you with information about the application process.
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience in farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience, with skills relevant to Nova Scotia farming conditions
  • Have marketable skills to supplement farm income (or your spouse)
  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient settlement supports and financial resources, including transferable funds in your name, in order to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses (if applicable) and to successfully establish yourself and your family in the agri-food sector
  • Have a minimum personal net worth of CA$150,000 (after relocation to Nova Scotia, but before the farm is purchased)
  •  Make a minimum equity investment of CA$100,000 in a new or existing farming operation in capital assets (land, machinery) or working capital
  • Plan to establish a farm, purchase a farm or become partner in an existing farm business. If you invest in an existing farm business, you must control at least 33.33% and take an active part in the operation of the business
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Farmers under Federal Self Employed Category

As a farmer, you must have at least two years of experience in farm management before you can become eligible to apply for immigration to Canada. You must also have an intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada and establish a farm business that will, at a minimum, create an employment opportunity for you. No conditions are imposed on the visa and the whole family can immigrate to Canada at the same time. The applicant is required to make an application using the prescribed form to the Government of Canada Immigration Office. The applicant has to include the necessary visa fees and provide documentary evidence of farm management and prove his intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

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