Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Self-Employed Farmer StreamThose who are planning to buy or set up a farm business in Alberta can immigrate to Canada under a provincial program’s stream for self-employed farmers.

The Self-Employed Farmer Stream allows Alberta to recruit qualified business investors from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase a farming business in rural Alberta.


Applicants should be ready to invest a minimum of C$500,000 in a primary production farming business in Alberta.

Also, applicants should provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form (AINP 004) and other forms of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • Passports of the applicant and his family members
  • Financial documentation of an existing farm business
  • Documentation of education, training and work experience
  • A business plan for the farming business in Alberta
  • Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance the proposed farming business
  • Documents that show a minimum of C$500,000 or confirmation of the ability to access the funds from other sources

Categories and Occupations of Applicants

The following categories cannot apply under Self-Employed Farmer Stream:

  • Refugee claimants
  • Individuals who have received a removal order (those who have been asked to leave Canada)
  • Temporary residents living or working in a Canadian province or territory other than Alberta
  • Live-in caregivers currently living in Canada
  • International students currently studying in Canada

Find out about other AINP streams in the article “Immigration to Alberta”.