Farming Through Immigration
If you are considering starting a farm in Manitoba but do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Provincial Nominee Program for Business, please visit the Young Farmer Nominee Program for an exciting opportunity that may still allow you to qualify.
Eligible Farm Business Investments
Farm Business Investments will not be eligible if they do not meet the program's requirements for investment and farm business activities.
1. The Investment from the Nominee's personal assets should be with no less than $150,000 in tangible assets** in Manitoba, unless the farm business Investment includes a portion of working capital that is in conformity with the industry's capital investment structure defined by statistics from Industry Canada, and the total investment including working capital is no less than $150,000.
2. If an investment is into an existing farm business, the Nominee must control at least 33.33% of the equity, or make a minimum $1 million equity investment in the farm business. In addition, a redemption option should not be included in terms of investment.
3. Investment into personal items such as the principal residence that is located off the farm, and motor vehicles for personal use will not be counted as part of business investment.
4. Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income are not eligible.
1. A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in Manitoba.
2. The Nominee is required to actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
3. The farm business must be legal and viable in Manitoba's economic environment, and the applicant should have necessary resources and skills to operate such a farm business.
- The Program requires the Nominee to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities do not quality under the Program.
**Tangible assets are items such as farmland, farm buildings, farm related vehicles, office equipment, computers, farm machinery, and livestock, etc.
Farm Owners / Operators
The Farm Owner/Operator category 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.
Applicants considering applying under this category are encouraged to contact SINP officials to learn more about the eligibility criteria of the program. SINP officials will also ensure applicants are contacted by officials in Saskatchewan Agriculture--Food and Rural Revitalization who can advise them on the type of farming operation they intend to operate in Saskatchewan.
To be considered for the Farm Owner/Operator category 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.
Young Farmer Stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category
- » Have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000 CAD, which is verifiable to 80% certainty.
- Verifiable legal accumulation of funds to 80% certainty.
- » At the time of your application you must be under age 40.
- » You must have a minimum of three years farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience.
- » You must provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. Hobby Farms are not eligible. The farming proposal must be a commercial venture undertaken with a reasonable expectation of profit. In Saskatchewan, a qualified farming business must have a minimum of $10,000 CAD annual revenue.
- » You or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income.
- » Before submitting your application you must have conducted an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan that lasted at least five days.
- » You must have practical farming experience with skills that are relevant to Saskatchewan farming conditions.
- » You must make a minimum equity investment of $150,000 CAD in a new or existing farming operation in Saskatchewan comprised of either capital assets (land, machinery) or working capital.