If you have experience at running a farm and the ability to invest a significant amount of capital in the proposed business, then the AINP Self-Employed Farmer stream may be an opportunity for you, especially if you’re looking for investment opportunities in Alberta’s agricultural sector.

What are the Eligibility Criteria?

  • You must provide proof of farm management experience. Some examples of acceptable documented proof of farm management/ownership experience would be:
    • Financial documents which detail an existing farm business
    • Documentation that provides:
      • Your level of education
      • Any training you have received
      • Your work experience
    • You will also need a business plan for your proposed farming enterprise in Alberta, as well as
    • Proof that a Canadian Financial Institution is willing to provide a loan and any other form of financing necessary for your proposed farming enterprise in Alberta
  • You must have a personal net worth of CAD$500,000 or have documented proof of the ability to raise a similar amount from Canadian Financial institutions.
  • You must invest a minimum of CAD$500,000 in your proposed farming business and you may be required by the AINP to invest a higher amount.
  • Your proposed business should be in primary production in the agricultural sector and be illustrated with a detailed business plan.
  • The AINP prioritizes those proposed businesses that meet Alberta’s agri-food targets.


Ineligible applicants

The following applicants will be considered ineligible by the AINP:

  • Refugee claimants
  • People involved in a federal appeal or removal process
  • Live-in caregivers currently in Canada
  • Temporary workers living and working in a province other than Alberta
  • International students studying in Canada, including those doing co-op work or internships.


How to apply

  • To contact the Alberta Agriculture & Forestry and obtain more information on the AINP Self-Employed Farmer stream:
    • Phone (001) (403) 742 7901
    • In Alberta phone toll-free: 310 3276 or 1-866 882 7677
    • Email:
  • You will be asked to attend an interview with an Alberta Government official who will determine your eligibility under AINP’s Self-Employed Farmer stream.
  • In order to give your application the best possible chance of succeeding, you should research the province’s agricultural sector and also plan on taking a business trip to Alberta in order to examine investment opportunities in the sector before you begin putting together your business plan.