There are several provinces that have nomination programs specifically for Farmers. A Farmer applicant (and qualifying family members), once nominated, would be issued a permanent residence visa by the federal government through their overseas Canadian visa offices.

Farmers may also qualify under the Self-Employed program if they are able to demonstrate th following requirements:

  • Net Worth – starting from CDN$ 150,000
  • Previous farm ownership or management experience
  • Convincing willingness to settle in the province
  • Ability and willingness to operate a viable business
  • Viable farm management plan
  • Sufficient settlement funds
  • Minimum investment starting from CDN$ 150,000

Either before submitting or during the processing of the nomination, the applicant would be required to make an exploratory visit to the given province. Refundable deposits are also usually required from most provinces to ensure that the Applicant does in fact settle into that province. Any applicant that has difficulties with English may also be required to make a deposit until they can demonstrate a more sufficient language capability. Farmers are expected to purchase a farm in the province.

Currently, the following provinces offer nomination programs under the Farmer Immigration criteria:

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba – Young Farmer
  • Saskatchewan – Farmer