You can build and buy a farm in Alberta if you have the financial capital to do so and the experience to manage it.

Candidates must first demonstrate their proposal and have it approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry before applying for the Alberta PNP Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

The next move is for candidates who have had their business plan approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to receive a Ministerial Recommendation Letter.

If you want to apply to the AINP, you must have these papers. Aside from that, you should be able to demonstrate that you will be able to support yourself in Canada. You’ll need a net worth of at least $500,000. You will also need to demonstrate that you have the financial means to spend more than the minimum amount you have shown.

This stream is for individuals who have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.

Source: Alberta Self Employed Farmer

Applicants to the Self-Employed Farmer stream must meet the following criteria at the time their application is mailed to the AINP and at the time of assessment by the AINP.

  • Farm management skills
  • Sufficient financial resources
  • Primary production investment
Source: Alberta Self Employed Farmer

You may only have one Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application in process at any time. Here is how the application is processed.

  1. Verify your eligibility
  2. Fill the forms
  3. Pay the fee
  4. Mail application
  5. Receive decision
  6. Receive approval letter
Source: Alberta Self Employed Farmer

Download and use the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream Document Checklist (PDF, 76 KB) to complete your application. The checklist lists all the forms required for your application.

You must submit the following forms with original signatures:

You must complete and provide copies of the following Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) forms:

These forms must be completed by every adult member of the family:

For help in filling out the forms, read the IRCC Guide for Provincial Nominees.

Source: Alberta Self Employed Farmer

If an application has been submitted, the AINP application fee is non-refundable. Application fee refund requests will not be accepted. Whether or not a nomination certificate is given, the application fee covers the expense of processing the application. There is no assurance that a nomination certificate will be given to you.

Pay the application fees of $500

Source: Alberta Self Employed Farmer