To be approved for nomination in this category, you’ll need all of the following:
- Available Equity: You’ll have to provide financial documents that show a net worth of $500,000 (CAD).
- Refundable Cash Deposit: You must sign a Performance Agreement. By doing this, you’ll be committing to purchase and actively operating a farm operation in Saskatchewan. You’ll also need to make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 (CAD) in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to you when you’ve met the terms of the Performance Agreement. If you don’t meet the terms within two years of landing in Saskatchewan, the deposit will be forfeited to the Province.
- Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan: You’ll need to make a comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for no less than five working days. You must meet with an SINP representative on your visit.
- Farm operation knowledge and experience: You’ll need to provide documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of your previous operations) that demonstrates you’re an experienced farm operator. If necessary, we may verify this information further through an interview when you are in Saskatchewan.
- A practical, well-thought-out proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity. (See Important Terms: Farm Proposal Viability).
Provincial and Federal immigration program criteria can change at any time. SINP applicants will be assessed against Provincial program criteria and eligibility requirements in place when their application was submitted. Please refer to IRCC’s website for up-to-date information regarding criteria and requirements in place for Permanent Residence applications.
The federal government sets the amount of nominations the SINP can make every year. The SINP also accepts a maximum number of applications, as per the application thresholds for each year. No application is guaranteed to be accepted and/or nominated.
The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owners and Operators category was created to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in rural areas of Saskatchewan.
To be approved for nomination in this stream, you’ll need to:
- Have a personal net worth of at least $300,000 (CAD) that can be confirmed.
- Have accumulated your net worth legally. We should be able to confirm this as well.
- Be under the age of 40 at the time of your application.
- Have at least three years experience in:
- Farm ownership;
- Farm management; or
- Practical farming experience.
- Provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity. Your proposal should be based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. Hobby farms don’t qualify. Also, the farming proposal should be a commercial project with a reasonable expectation of profit. In Saskatchewan, a qualified farming business must have a minimum of $10,000 CAD annual revenue.
- In addition to all the above, you or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income..
Once you return the signed and dated Business Performance Agreement to the SINP, and we confirm that the Good Faith Deposit has been received, you’ll be nominated.
- We’ll send you a nomination package including a Confirmation of Nomination letter and information on how to proceed with an Application for Permanent Resident Status with IRCC. If you request it, we’ll also issue you a Temporary Work Permit Support letter.
- This will give you the opportunity to come to Saskatchewan earlier to begin preparations for your farm establishment. Note that the SINP does not issue Temporary Work Permit Support letters for all applicants.
- We’ll send a Nomination Certificate to the appropriate IRCC Visa Post. Certificates are valid for six months.
After you receive notice that you’ve been nominated by the SINP, you’re responsible for submitting an Application for Permanent Residence to IRCC.
- Be sure to apply for permanent resident status before your Nomination Certificate expires or your application will be closed.
The Confirmation of Nomination letter includes detailed instructions on how to apply to the appropriate Visa Post. Submit your Application for Permanent Residence to IRCC at the Visa Post specified in this letter.
- IRCC will conduct security, criminality and health checks, and will screen applications for misrepresentation. They’ll then send you instructions on medical examinations and may ask for more documentation. In some cases, you may have to attend an interview.
If you meet all federal requirements, IRCC will issue Permanent Residence Visas for you and your accompanying family members.