How To Immigrate To Canada As A Farmer

How To Immigrate To Canada As A Farmer

MAR 25, 2020

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ROBYNN FARRELL

When you think of Canada, we understand if farming is not the first thing that springs to mind, but did you know that Canada is the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world? That's right, with more land than the United States, as the second biggest country in the world, it actually makes a lot of sense. No surprise that 85% of the world's maple syrup comes from Canada, but we are also the largest exporters of flax seed, canola, peas, beans, lentils and durum wheat. Then there’s the ever increasing local demand for medicinal and recreational marijuana.  The most popular farming areas are in the western prairie regions of Canada, where massive rolling fields lay between colossal mountains and crystal clear rivers. Beef production is also concentrated in this region and is highly profitable. But farming is a viable and profitable industry through the southern regions of Canada, and if you are thinking about immigrating to Canada as a farmer, here is what you need to know.

   

Visa Programs

 

Provincial Nomination Program

Banff-Provincial-Nomination-Program The PNP is specifically designed so provinces can address shortages specific to their economy. If you apply for a provincial nomination from one of the following provinces and receive one, assuming you meet the other eligibility requirements, you can obtain permanent residency through the Express Entry system in as little as six months. We will look at that in a little more detail, but first, let's consider the provinces that need farmers:  

Manitoba

An incredibly beautiful province in the centre of Canada, Manitoba borders the Hudson bay to the north and the United States to the south. It’s landscape varies from lakes, rivers, mountains and forests all the way to the northern Arctic tundra. The majority of the farmland is in the south of the province where the climate is a little more agreeable for the better part of the year.   The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) under the Manitoba Business Investor Stream of the MPNP will require you to take the following steps:
  1. Explore and research the farm business in Manitoba - this involves ensuring your current operation will be adaptable to Manitoban farms and farming methods.
  2. Complete and submit your interest guideline and farm business concept forms to the MPNP - research and complete a business concept for your proposed farm under which you must meet minimum criteria.
  3. If successful, you will receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) - you can then submit your full application to the MPNP showing you meet external eligibility requirements such as police clearance and proof of funds.
  4. If you are approved you will receive a provincial nomination. You will then sign a deposit agreement and make a deposit of $75,000 which you will use to start your farm when you arrive in Canada.
  5. You can then apply for permanent residency to the IRCC through the Express Entry Program.
 

Saskatchewan

One province to the east of Manitoba is Saskatchewan. This tranquil province is dominated by grassy plains in the south and the rugged rocks of the Northern Shield plateau. The main crops grown here are wheat, oats, flax and alfalfa. To start or buy a farm in Saskatchewan you would apply under the entrepreneur and farm category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. To be eligible for this program you must have:
  • A minimum equity of $500,000
  • Sign a performance agreement, which is accompanied by a $75,000 deposit which will be returned upon meeting the terms of the agreement
  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan
  • Provide documentation proving you are an experienced farmer
  • Create a proposal for your farming venture
  The Young Farmer Stream has also been created for farmers under the age of 40. This stream has less stringent requirements:
  • Net worth of $300,000
  • Have at least three years of farming experience
  • Submit a documented proposal to the Saskatchewan farming community
  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan
  • Sign a performance agreement, which is accompanied by a $75,000 deposit which will be returned upon meeting the terms of the agreement
 

Alberta

Mountains, prairies, badlands and coniferous forests make up the landscape of Alberta, sandwiched in between Saskatchewan and the eastern most province of British Columbia, Alberta is home to more than 600 lakes, substantial mineral deposits and the famous Canadian Rocky mountains. Wheat, barley and canola make up over 75% of the crops grown in the province and is one of the most desired destinations for farmers who want to immigrate to Canada. The Self-Employed Farmer Stream under the AINP is your go to program for this province and if you meet the following eligibility requirements, you may earn a provincial nomination:
  • A minimum equity of $500,000
  • Proof you have farm management skills
  • A proposed business plan for your farming venture
 

Express Entry

Farmer-visa-express-Entry The Express Entry System is an immigration stream that was created in 2015 with the goal of fast tracking the immigration process for skilled and experienced foreigners who wish to immigrate to and settle in Canada permanently. To be eligible for Express Entry you must fall into one of the following categories:  
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  If you meet the requirements of one of the above programs, you may be eligible for Express Entry and must create an Express Entry profile. You will be required to enter all your information regarding your age, educational qualifications, experience, language ability, skills transferability, background information and the same for your spouse or common law partner if you have one. All these factors will be tallied to determine your CRS score. There are ways to boost your CRS score and push you to the top of the pool which we will look at now.    

Boost Your Comprehensive Ranking Score

If you have a sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. 15 Points
Score 7 or higher on the NCLC French Language skills test. 15-30 Points
If you have a post secondary qualification from a Canadian institution 15-30 Points
Get a valid job offer  50-200 Points
Obtain a provincial or territorial nomination through the PNP 600 Points
As you can see, the best way to guarantee an invitation is to earn a provincial nomination.  

Obtain a PNP and get your Express Entry Profile Up and Running

Canadian-Farmer-Visa-Permanent-Residence During these trying and confusing times, it is understandable to be anxious about taking on life changing choices. Consider however the number of people who will be looking to immigrate to countries like Canada when the pandemic is over. Now is not the time to delay.   We know that the application process may seem like a lot to handle but it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your provincial denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.</p>   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for up to date information and interesting blog posts on Canadian Immigration.

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