Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The Self-Employed Farmer Stream is designed for a farm owner/operator (Candidate) with proven management skills and the financial resources to develop a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in Alberta, Canada.


The AINP can nominate individual Candidates who want to immigrate, purchase and manage a farming business in Alberta.


The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to assess the eligibility of applicants in this category.


The criteria for the Self-Employed Farmer Stream include, but are not limited to that listed below.


The Candidate must:

  • Prove that you have farm management skills shown by providing:
    • Financial documentation of their existing farm business;
    • Documentation of their education, training and work experience;
    • Proposed business plan for the farming enterprise they are considering in Alberta; and
    • Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance their proposed farming business.
  • Have sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation.
  • Be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
  • Provide documents that demonstrates they have a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that they have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources. The CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. The Candidate may be required to show they have the ability to invest more than the minimum.
  • Invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
  • Document their investment intentions in their proposed business plan.

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

Meeting the criteria listed above does not guarantee a nomination or permanent residence.