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Federal Investor Class
Quebec Investor Class
British Columbia Investor Class (Regional Business Category)
Sasketchewan PNP Large Scale Investor Class
Federal Entrepreneur Class
Quebec Entrepreneur Class
Provincial Entrepreneur Class
Federal Self-Employed Class
Quebec Self-Employed Class
Provincial Nominee Self-Employed Class

Federal Investor Class
The Immigrant Investor Program seeks experienced business people to invest C$800,000 into Canada’s economy and become permanent residents. Investors must:

  • show that they have business experience
  • have a minimum net worth of C$1,600,000 that was obtained legally and
  • make a C$800,000 investment.

Your investment is managed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and is guaranteed by the Canadian provinces that use it to create jobs and help their economies grow.

If your application is approved, you must make your investment before a permanent resident visa will be issued. You must usually do this within 30 days. The visa office will send you a letter with instructions.


Quebec Investor Class
To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Have, alone or with his accompanying spouse, including de facto spouse, net assets of at least $1,600,000 CAN obtained legally, excluding the amounts received by donation less than six months before the date on which the application was filed.

  • Have experience in management in a legal farming, commercial or industrial business, or in a legal professional business where the staff, excluding the investor, occupies at least the equivalent of two full-time jobs, or for an international agency or a government or one of its departments or agencies;
    • We define management experience as the exercise, for at least two years in the five years preceding the application for a selection certificate, of duties related to the planning, management and control of financial resources and of human or material resources under your authority; the experience does not include experience acquired in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
  • Intend to settle in Québec and sign an agreement to invest $800,000 CAN with a financial intermediary (broker or trust company) authorized to participate in the Investor Program.

The assessment of your application will also take into account other factors such as your age, the nature and duration of your professional training and your language skills.


British Columbia Investor Class (Regional Business Category)

Requirements for Regional Business Category

Applicants for nomination in the Regional Business category will be required to:

  1. Make a personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC outside of the Vancouver metropolitan area  or the Abbotsford metropolitan area.
  2. Create at least one new job in the business for a Canadian or permanent resident.
  3. Own at least one third (33 1/3%) of the equity of the business.
  4. Provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business.
  5. Demonstrate that they have:
    • the skills and experience necessary to establish and operate a commercially viable business in BC
    • a personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources
    • sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment a viable business proposal.
  6. Sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
  7. Sign a Deposit Agreement with the Province of British Columbia if they are seeking a Fast Track nomination.

Fast Track Option

The Fast Track option offers immediate nomination for permanent residence, in return for which you will make a conditionally refundable $125,000 CAD deposit with the Province of British Columbia. The deposit will be refunded (without interest) when you have met the terms of conditions of your Performance Agreement and Deposit Agreement.

Eligible Businesses and Investments

Business/Investment Eligibility

Eligible Business

The BC PNP will only consider applications to establish or purchase and expand a business that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The business must be operated for the primary purpose of earning profits from active income through the provision of products and/or services.
  2. The business must have good potential for sustained commercial viability.
  3. The business must have the potential to create significant economic benefits for British Columbia. For example, the benefits may contribute to:
    • increasing value-added manufacturing, processing or primary resource activity
    • increasing exports of goods or services 
    • increasing destination tourism 
    • increasing R&D/technology commercialization 
    • developing innovative and creative approaches to traditional businesses 
    • transferring technology, skills and specialized know-how to the province 
    • servicing an underserved local or regional market 
    • succession plan buy-outs where eligible businesses are purchased from retiring owners

Ineligible Business

Applications will NOT be approved where the BC PNP is not satisfied that the proposed business has the potential to be commercially viable in British Columbia. In addition, the BC PNP will NOT approve applications for the following type of businesses:

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses 
  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machine businesses 
  • Pawnbrokers 
  • Coin operated laundries 
  • Automated car wash operations 
  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or where the business provides value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing, or recycling) 
  • Real estate development/brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage 
  • Businesses involved in the production, distribution or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products or services, or in the provision of sexually oriented services 
  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the program or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute 

In addition, applications will NOT be considered for the following types of businesses in the Vancouver metropolitan area or the Abbotsford metropolitan area :

  • Convenience stores 
  • Video and DVD rental stores 
  • Gasoline service stations 
  • Personal dry cleaning services

Investment in the Business

If you are buying the shares of an existing operating business no more than two thirds of the applicable minimum personal investment can apply to the purchase of shares and you must acquire ownership and control of at least one third of the business. The shares you buy to purchase the business must be common full-voting shares and must not have a redemption option.

If you are buying the assets of an existing business no more than two thirds of the applicable personal investment can be applied to the purchase of these assets.

In addition, at least one-third of the required applicable minimum investment for the category must be directed towards expansion and/or improvement of the existing business that you are purchasing.

The applicable minimum personal investment can not be applied to the purchase of real estate unless you can satisfy the BC PNP that the real estate is essential to the business, in which case no more than two thirds of this investment can be applied for this purpose.

The applicable minimum personal investment can be applied to the following types of business costs, provided that the amounts are reasonable for the business involved:

  • Machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures 
  • Leasehold improvements 
  • Inventory 
  • Patents and licenses 
  • Franchise purchase fees 
  • Allowable real estate and franchises 
  • Initial promotion and marketing 
  • Other start-up expenses, such as incorporation and permit fees, legal and other professional fees

If, because of the nature of your business, you are unable to apply the full amount of the minimum required personal equity investment to these types of expenditures, you may apply the balance to wages, building rent and other normal operating expenses (excluding any payments to yourself or family members) during the first six months of operations if you are establishing a new business, or three months if you are buying a franchise or an existing business.


Saskatchewan PNP Large Scale Investor Class

Large Scale Investor

If you intend to actively invest C$10 million or more in Saskatchewan, then you are eligible for the Large Scale Investor Stream.

Benefits

Applications in this stream will be given priority processing.

How it works

On the Business Establishment Proposal that is part of your Entrepreneur Category application, please indicate that you are applying for the Large Scale Investor Stream.

Submit your completed application for nomination to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
Once you have been successfully nominated, you, as the Principal Applicant, can request nomination for up to ten critical members of your management team.

Each of your team members will submit an application to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program through the Skilled Worker Category; each application will be assessed separately.

If, after submitting your application in the Large Scale Investor stream, you are found to not be eligible, then you can re-apply under the general Entrepreneur Category.

Federal Entrepreneur Class
Experienced business people who wish to own and manage their Canadian business actively are ideal applicants for the Entrepreneur category of Canadian immigration. Abhinav immigration specialists are glad to help its clients establish a successful business in Canada that makes a positive contribution to the Canadian economy as well as create jobs there.

We carefully review your documents related to business, experience in managing the business and personal net worth. Evaluation on business and personal objectives are also done before filing your immigration application for permanent resident visa. We assure that you are filing in the most suitable of the three Canadian business categories, namely, entrepreneur, self-employed or investor.

Being a Canadian Entrepreneur, you are not expected to seek employment and may not be permitted to work in Canada. This also implies that ideally you should initiate business in specific areas that contribute to the business environment of the region where Entrepreneur visa holders settle in Canada. You must know that the visa granted under this category is a conditional one and you must comply with some post-landing requirements for three years in order to get the PR (Permanent Resident) status.

Abhinav Immigration advisors prepare, file and manage your entrepreneur application with CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada). We also equip you with extensive tips and suitable answers for expected interview questions that form a very critical stage of the application approval process.

Given below are enlisted a few primary requirements under the Canada Entrepreneur category:

Federal program (To settle anywhere in Canada, except Quebec)

Basis

Minimum requirements

Net worth

CAD $300,000, obtained legally

Business experience

Ownership and active management of your qualifying
Business, as mentioned by CIC

Miscellaneous

Security background check and medical examination

Visit to Canada before
Visa issuance

Optional


Quebec Entrepreneur Class

Basis

Minimum requirements

Net worth

CAD $300,000, obtained legally

Business experience

Management experience gained in a profitable and Lawful, agricultural, industrial or commercial Business.

Miscellaneous

Security background check and medical exam

Visit to Canada before
Visa issuance

Explanatory visit compulsory


Provincial Nominee Entrepreneur Class
The specific requirements for the British Columbia, New Brunswick, North West Territories, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Yukon provincial nominee entrepreneur programs are outlined below. Generally, additional conditions also apply to each program such as the requirement to engage in exploratory trips, the submission of performance agreements, cash deposits and business plans.
Generally, applicants must meet the following requirements:

British Columbia PNP Entrepreneur Class  :
Applicants for nomination in the Business Skills category will be required to:

  1. Make a personal investment of at least $400,000 CAD to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business anywhere in BC
  2. Create at least three new jobs in the business for Canadians or permanent residents.
  3. Own at least one third (33 1/3%) of the equity of the business.
  4. Provide active and on-going participation in the day to day management and direction of the business.
  5. Demonstrate that they have:
    • the skills and experience necessary to establish and operate a commercially viable business in BC
    • a personal net worth of at least $800,000 CAD obtained from legal sources
    • sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment
    • a viable business proposal
  6. Sign a performance agreement with the Province of British Columbia.
  7. Sign a deposit agreement with the Province of British Columbia, if they are seeking a fast track nomination.

Sasketchewan PNP Entrepreneur Class :

Nomination Criteria

There are four criteria in the SINP Entrepreneur Category that you must meet to be approved for nomination:

  1. A minimum net worth of $300,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD) that can be verified.
  2. Accumulation of net worth through legal means, which can be verified.
  3. Minimum three years entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience.
  4. Intent to reside and actively invest in Saskatchewan, which is evaluated using the Intent Grading Grid.

Requirements

If you are approved for nomination by the SINP - Entrepreneur Category, you will be required to:

  1. Have a minimum active investment of $150,000 CAD in the Province of Saskatchewan.  If you own less than 1/3 of the business, then your total investment must be worth at least $1 million CAD;
  2. Be involved in the day-to-day management of your business; and 
  3. Make a $75,000 Good Faith Deposit.  If you meet certain conditions, you may apply for your Good Faith Deposit to be returned.

An interview is not obligatory for the SINP - Entrepreneur Category, but we may request an interview if we need to further review your criteria.  If you are nominated by the SINP, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is responsible for assessing your eligibility for Permanent Residency, including an assessment of health, criminality and security.  The SINP is not responsible for CIC’s decision to grant or deny Permanent Residency status.

Manitoba PNP Entrepreneur Class :

Program Eligibility

The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities for assisting business people to immigrate to Manitoba through the Provincial Nominee Program for Business.

The Provincial Nominee Program for Business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people and farm owners from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish or purchase a business or farm or become partners in an existing business.

To qualify for the program interested applicants must have:

  • Minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000
  • Demonstrated business or farm ownership experience or a minimum of 3 years experience in a senior management role of a successful company

The applicant must also be prepared to:

  • Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba to be able to provide documented assessment of business opportunities in Manitoba and general knowledge of the province.
    Make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba
  • Reside in Manitoba along with their dependent family members

If your application for nomination is approved by Manitoba, you will be required to make a CDN$75,000 Deposit to the Government of Manitoba, guaranteeing that you will live in Manitoba and start or purchase of a business or farm in Manitoba within two years of obtaining your permanent resident visa and landing in Manitoba. The deposit will be refunded without interest to you when the investment described in your application is made, your business or farm is operational and you are living in Manitoba.

If you are accepted for nomination by Manitoba, you will be provided with a Certificate of Nomination and instructions on how to submit the appropriate documents and federal processing fees to a Canadian Immigration visa office that services your area.

New Brunswick PNP Entrepreneur Class

Eligibility Requirements

As a Business Applicant:

You are between 22 and 50 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day your application for permanent residence is received at the NBPNP Office and you are assigned an NBPNP application number.

You have sufficient English and, or French language ability to actively manage a business in New Brunswick. To obtain an objective assessment of your language ability you may be asked to submit an International English Language Testing System General Training (IELTS) or a Test d'Evaluation de Français (TEF). You can use language test results for two years from the time you took the test.

You have, at a minimum, been awarded a high school diploma for education completed after junior/middle school and before college, university and other formal training.
You will live, and operate a business in New Brunswick. You must assume day-to-day management role in the business.

You have relevant and proven management experience in three of the last five years. You must demonstrate prior management experience in the private sector. As a business owner or senior manager you must have significant decision-making responsibility. There must be a link between your management experience and the skills needed to operate your business in New Brunswick.

You demonstrate an understanding of the business environment in New Brunswick. You must gain knowledge of the New Brunswick business environment during your business trip.
You will prepare a business plan of economic benefit to New Brunswick. Your business plan must be approved by an official of the Government of New Brunswick.

You have a personal net worth of at least $300,000 CAD. Personal net worth is defined as the value of total assets, less the value of total liabilities. You must have sufficient funds to start the business and provide for the successful settlement and support of dependent family members for up to two years without third party assistance. The actual amount of funds required by the NBPNP will depend upon the planned business venture in New Brunswick.

You will submit all required forms and supporting documents. If documents provided in support of
Selection Factors are missing, incomplete or not able to be verified you will receive a “0” score for that selection factor. Immigration Program Officers have a right to request additional information at any time.
You will submit a signed copy of the Deposit Agreement and a conditionally refundable deposit of $75,000 CAD, prior to nomination. The Deposit Agreement specifies the terms and conditions of your agreement to make a financial investment in a business in New Brunswick.

You score a minimum of 50 points in the selection factors.

Prince Edward Island Entrepreneur Class

Business Criteria
The PEI PNP Business Impact Category provides an opportunity for foreign nationals to apply to be nominated by Prince Edward Island to become permanent residents of Canada providing they invest in and actively manage a business in Prince Edward Island.  Under this category, the applicant may start a business, obtain 100% control of an existing Prince Edward Island business or purchase partial ownership, with at least 33 1/3% of the equity (see definitions), of an existing Prince Edward Island business.  The applicant’s choice of a Prince Edward Island business should match their skill set and abilities to run that particular business.
The Business Impact Category has three streams from which an applicant can choose:

100% Ownership Selection Criteria
Under the 100% Ownership Stream, the applicant:

  • Must meet the age, education, work experience, adaptability and language skills necessary to establish and operate a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (obtained within the last 3 years). In order to obtain approval on language ability applicants must achieve a Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) equivalent result of CLBPT 5 from their IELTS test.  Applicants below CLBPT 5 will be required to sign a language deposit agreement and make a $20,000 deposit.
  • Must provide a business proposal at time of application and a business plan after the exploratory visit detailing the start up or purchase of a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a settlement proposal outlining the intention to move and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide evidence of a personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources.
  • Must make a minimum $150,000 CAD investment to start or purchase an eligible business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must have a minimum of $100,000 CAD unencumbered personal funds to make the required escrow deposit.
  • Must have sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment, operate the business for a minimum of one year, and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must sign an escrow agreement with the Province of Prince Edward Island and make a $100,000 CAD deposit, which is held in escrow, to be returned without interest once the terms and conditions of the agreement have been met. 
  • Must control 100% of the business.
  • Must provide active and on-going management of the business from within Prince Edward Island.
  • Must not include a redemption option in the terms of the investment.
  • If acquiring 100% of an eligible Prince Edward Island business, the applicant must provide a purchase and sale agreement outlining the intent of the applicant to purchase the business.

 Purchase and Sale Agreement
Should the applicant choose to purchase a 100% of an eligible Prince Edward Island business, the applicant is required to submit a purchase and sale agreement to Immigration Services. The purchase and sale agreement outlines the details of the proposed investment between the applicant and the Prince Edward Island business and must include as a minimum the following information:

  • Confirmation that the Business being acquired is not operated primarily for the purpose of deriving investment income such as interest, dividends and/or capital gains;
  • Purchase price for the Business;
  • The number, class and conditions of the shares being purchased (if applicable);
  • Confirmation that the investment does not include  a redemption option;
  • Confirmation that the applicant provides , or will provide, active and ongoing management of the business from within Prince Edward Island;
  • Timelines for the purchase of the Business;
  • Confirmation the purchase price is for the whole Business, not a part of the Business;
  • Detailed description of the activities and interests of the Business.

Partial Ownership Stream Criteria

The Partial Ownership Stream requires the applicant to meet the PEI PNP’s criteria and submit a strong business and settlement plan.  Upon meeting these requirements, nomination can be granted providing the applicant signs the necessary agreements, including the escrow agreement.  Applicants are required to make a conditionally refundable deposit of $100,000 CAD to IIDI. The deposit is fully refundable, without interest, provided the applicant has met the terms and conditions of the escrow agreement.   Upon gaining permanent residency and landing in Canada, the applicant is to execute on the business plan in Prince Edward Island. Upon doing so, the applicant must control at least 33 1/3% of the equity in the business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD. 

Partial Ownership Stream Selection Criteria
Under the Partial Ownership Stream, the applican
t:

  • Must meet the age, education, work experience, adaptability and language skills necessary to establish and operate a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (obtained within the last 3 years). In order to obtain approval on language ability applicants must achieve a Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) equivalent result of CLBPT 5 from their IELTS test.  Applicants below CLBPT 5 will be required to sign a language deposit agreement and make a $20,000 deposit.
  • Must provide a business proposal at time of application and a business plan after the exploratory visit for purchasing partial ownership of a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a settlement proposal outlining the intention to move and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide evidence of personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources.
  • Must have a minimum of $100,000 CAD unencumbered personal funds to make the required escrow deposit.
  • Must have sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment, operate the business for a minimum of one year, and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must sign an escrow agreement with the Province of Prince Edward Island and make a $100,000 CAD deposit, which is held in escrow, to be returned without interest once the terms and conditions of the agreement have been met. 
  • Must make a minimum investment of $150,000 CAD.
  • Must control not less than 33 1/3% of the equity in the business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD.
  • Must provide active and on-going management of the business from within Prince Edward Island.
  • Must not include a redemption option in the terms of the investment.
  • Must execute an investment agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the applicant’s intent to invest in an eligible Prince Edward Island business.

Work Permit Stream Criteria

The Work Permit Stream is designed to accommodate applicants who wish to facilitate entry to Canada to begin a new life in Prince Edward Island.

An investment of this magnitude can seem intimidating and this stream presents an option to transition into the Prince Edward Island business community.  As outlined below, the Work Permit Stream engages the applicant to come to Prince Edward Island on a work permit prior to making the investment to give them time to settle and integrate into the business environment.

This stream requires the applicant to either start or purchase a business with not less than 33 1/3% of the equity in the Prince Edward Island business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD. The applicant must meet the criteria of the stream and sign a performance agreement outlining the terms and conditions that must be met prior to receiving nomination for permanent residency to Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Under the Work Permit Stream, the applicant:

  • Must meet the age, education, work experience, adaptability and language skills necessary to establish and operate a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (obtained within the last 3 years). In order to obtain approval on language ability applicants must achieve a Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) equivalent result of CLBPT 5 from their IELTS test.  Applicants below CLBPT 5 will be required to sign a language deposit agreement and make a $20,000 deposit.
  • Must provide a business proposal at time of application and a business plan after the exploratory visit on the starting or purchasing of a business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide a settlement proposal outlining the intention to move and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must provide evidence of personal net worth of at least $400,000 CAD obtained from legal sources.
  • Must have sufficient unencumbered personal funds to make the required investment, operate the business for a minimum of one year, and settle in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must sign a performance agreement with the Province of Prince Edward Island.
  • Must be eligible and willing to apply to CIC for approval of a work permit for the Prince Edward Island business where the applicant intends to work and invest in.
  • Must make a minimum personal equity investment of $150,000 CAD to establish or purchase an eligible business in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must control not less than 33 1/3% of the equity in the business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD
  • Must provide active and on-going management of the business from within the Province of Prince Edward Island.
  • Must not include a redemption option in the terms of the investment.
  • Must execute an investment agreement or purchase and sale agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the applicant’s intent to invest in an eligible Prince Edward Island business.

Work Permit

Under the work permit option, business applicants have the greatest potential to not only enhance the value of the business they are investing in, but also to integrate into Prince Edward Island society.

Once an application and all supporting documentation has been submitted and approved by Immigration Services, the applicant is deemed eligible for the Work Permit Stream. The applicant will be presented with a letter of support from Immigration Services to apply to CIC for a work permit to Canada.

The applicant will be required to sign a performance agreement with Immigration Services.  The performance agreement will outline the terms and conditions with which the applicant will be required to execute on the business plan, prior to Immigration Services nominating the applicant for permanent residency to Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Should the applicant choose to purchase a 100% of an eligible Prince Edward Island business, the applicant is required to submit a purchase and sale agreement to Immigration Services. The purchase and sale agreement outlines the details of the proposed investment between the applicant and the Prince Edward Island business and must include as a minimum the following information:

  • Confirmation that the Business being acquired is not operated primarily for the purpose of deriving investment income such as interest, dividends and/or capital gains;
  • Purchase price for the Business;
  • The number, class and conditions of the shares being purchased (if applicable);
  • Confirmation that the investment does not include  a redemption option;
  • Confirmation that the applicant provides , or will provide, active and ongoing management of the business from within Prince Edward Island;
  • Timelines for the purchase of the Business;
  • Confirmation the purchase price is for the whole Business, not a part of the Business;
  • Detailed description of the activities and interests of the Business.

Provincial Nominee Self-Employed Class

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Are you a farm owner/operator with proven management skills and the financial resources to develop a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in Alberta, Canada?
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can nominate individual farm owner/operators who want to immigrate, purchase and manage a farming business in Alberta.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria

Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria (includes but is not limited to):

  • You must prove that you have farm management skills shown by:
    • Financial documentation of your existing farm business
    • Documentation of your education, training and work experience
    • 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.
  • You must have sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation.
    • You must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
    • You must provide documents that demonstrates you have a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.
    • The CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. You may be required to show you have the ability to invest more than the minimum.
  • You must invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
    • You will have to document your investment intentions in your proposed business plan.

Nova Scotia Self Employed Class
The Agri-Food Sector pilot is aimed at immigrants interested in agri-food production and/or value added production. The pilot gives the opportunity to strengthen rural communities by creating jobs and growing the economy by bringing agricultural skills to Nova Scotia. The Agri-Food Sector pilot is a joint venture between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
 
The first step to applying to the Agri-Food Sector pilot is for you, the applicant, to come to Nova Scotia for a minimum of one five (5) working days exploratory visit to research farming opportunities. During this visit, you will meet with representatives of the Department of Agriculture who will inform and guide you in the Nova Scotia agri-food sector. You will also have an interview with a nominee officer from the Office of Immigration who will provide you with information about the application process.
 
Some of the eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant needs to have a minimum of three years experience in the past five years in farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience with skills relevant to Nova Scotia farming conditions.
  • You, the applicant, must plan to establish a farm, purchase a farm or become partner in an existing farm business. If investing in an existing farm business, you must control at least 33.33% and take an active part in the operation of the business.
  • You will be required to demonstrate that you have a minimum personal net worth of $150,000 (after relocation in Nova Scotia – before the farm is purchased). You will also be required to make a minimum investment of $100,000 in a new or existing farming operation in capital assets (land, machinery) or working capital.
  • You will submit a detailed agri-business plan with your application form. 
    A qualifying farming business must demonstrate a minimum annual revenue of $10,000 CAD. Hobby farms are not eligible.

Saskatchewan Self Employed Class

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.

Eligibility

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

  1. Available Equity – you must provide financial documents showing a net worth of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

The farm owner/operator category is restricted to proprietary businesses that include primary agricultural production.  Agri-business operations may qualify under the Entrepreneur category of the SINP.
Manitoba Self Employed class

Young Farmer’s Program

Farming Practices in Manitoba

As a farmer in Manitoba, you may choose to practice any or a combination of the following: the tillage of soil, livestock raising and exhibiting, maintaining of horses for racing, raising of poultry, fur farming, dairy farming, mushroom and fruit growing and beekeeping. You may also want to consider operating a nursery or a greenhouse, market gardening, fish farming and chick hatchery. There are over 20,000 farms in Manitoba. Approximately 98% of all Manitoba farms are family-operated, and with an average size of 317 hectares of land. Many farm families also engage in off-farm employment for supplementary income.
Manitoba has a total land area of 55.4 million hectares of which 14.6 million hectares (26.5%) have some agricultural use. Over 9.6 million hectares of this area are non-organic soils, and of that 5.5 million hectares are suitable for sustained annual production of cultivated crops. Further opportunity to expand the agricultural land resource base through use of organic soil areas also exists.

Program Eligibility

The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities for assisting farm business people to immigrate to Manitoba through the Provincial Nominee Program for Young Farmers (PNP-YF).

The Young Farmer Nominee Program allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified farm business people and farm owners from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish or purchase a farm or become partners in an existing farm business.
To qualify under the program applicants 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.

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 Manitoba
  • 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.

If your application for nomination is approved by Manitoba, you will be required to make a CDN$75,000 Deposit to the Government of Manitoba, guaranteeing that you will live in Manitoba and start or purchase a farm in Manitoba within two years of obtaining your permanent resident visa and landing in Manitoba. The deposit will be refunded without interest to you when the farm investment described in your application is made, your farm is operational and you are living in Manitoba.
If you are accepted for nomination by Manitoba, you will be provided with a Certificate of Nomination and instructions on how to submit the appropriate documents and federal processing fees to a Canadian Immigration visa office that services your area.
A decent standard of living for an average farm family of four will be expected to equal or exceed a minimum of $35,000 per year. This minimum family living expense can be earned either through farm income, or a combination of farm income and off-farm income.

 
     
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