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Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream


Applicants to the Self-Employed Farmer stream must meet the following criteria. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee a nomination or permanent residence.

Farm management skills

Applicants must prove that they have farm management skills.

Proof of this may include, but is not limited to:

• financial documentation of an existing farm business

• documentation of education, training and work experience

• a proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta

• proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business

Sufficient financial resources

Applicants must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.

Documents must be provided that show a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation of the ability to access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.

Applicants may be required to show the ability to invest more than the minimum.

Primary production investment

Applicants must document their investment plans in a proposed business plan.

Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta's agri-food targets will be given priority.


The following individuals are not eligible under the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream:

• refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process. It is not the mandate of the AINP to intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.

• live-in caregivers currently living in Canada

• temporary foreign workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta

• international students studying in Canada, including students doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program Contact

To connect with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry about the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream:

Email: farm.ainp@gov.ab.ca


To create a legally valid document, we have adopted all the above details from the Alberta Government website https://www.alberta.ca/live-permanently-in-alberta.aspx

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