What is FIP?
The renewed Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) replaces the old Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The Pathway is for those who have well-tried experience in the farm business, sufficient available capital to invest, and who with the intention to set up and operate a farm in rural Manitoba.
Successful applicants of the FIP will be expected to establish a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that are consistent with the province’s current farm industry. The type of operation and investment must correlate with Provincial statistics and be relevant to Manitoba’s farm industry.
Requirements / Eligibility
1. Farm Business Experience
- Minimum of three years of farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
2. Official Languages Proficiency
- The FIP recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill that will speed up your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.
French or English is the language you must use to conduct your interview.
3. Farm Business Investment
- At least $300,000.
- Farm business investments must be in eligible tangible assets as defined by the MPNP.
- A farm business plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
- Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
4. Farm Business Research Visit
- You must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
5. Farm Business Activities
- A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.
- You are required to live on the farm and actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
- The farm business must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable.
- The MPNP requires you to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba and does not allow purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers.
6. Economic Establishment Adaptability
- You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge, and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.
7. Net Worth
Your net worth must be at least $500,000.
The MPNP may request verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider. The designated third-party verifiers for the MPNP are:
- Grant Thornton LLP
- 94 Commerce Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Z3
- Website: grantthornton.ca
- Email: MPNP@ca.gt.com
- Phone: +1-204-272-4738
- MNP LLP
- 2500 – 201 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3K6
- Website: lp.mnp.ca/acton/media/25546/mbpnp-en
- Email: MNP.MPNP@mnp.ca
- Phone: +1-204-336-6106
- Fax: +1-204-783-8329
- Toll-Free: 1-877-500-079
If requested, the verification report, along with your application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Invitation to Apply.
Application process / How to apply?
These steps briefly show the process for applying to the MPNP Farm Investor Pathway. Steps 1-3 relate to expressing your interest in applying, and steps 4-7 relate to submitting an application and meeting the terms required for nomination.
Step 1: Explore and research Farm Business in Manitoba
- Determine that you meet the minimum criteria of the Farm Investor Pathway.
- Complete a Farm Investor Pathway Interest Guidelines Form.
- You must meet the minimum eligibility requirements to continue to the next step.
- Please pay close attention to adaptability, specifically relating to your practical farming skills, technical knowledge, and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry. Your existing farm operation must be comparable to current Manitoba farming operations in terms of technology utilization, technological practices employed, scale, equipment utilized, production output, etc.
Step 2: Complete the Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept forms
- Research your proposed farm business in Manitoba and explore the province.
- Based on your research findings and your self-assessment of the FIP eligibility criteria, you may consider completing a Farm Business Concept Form.
Step 3: Submit your Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept forms to the MPNP
Once you have completed your farm business research and determined that you are eligible for the FIP, you can submit your forms by email to the MPNP. The following forms are required:
- Your Interest Guidelines Form;
- Your Farm Business Concept Form; and
- Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives, if applicable.
- A response will be emailed to you. If you do not meet the minimum stream criteria requirements, your business concept will not be reviewed. Please note that the business concept is not an application to the MPNP.
Step 4: Submit your full application to the MPNP
- If you have been sent a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the MPNP, you will receive an email with detailed instructions.
- Your LAA may include a request for verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider.
- Read and follow the Instructions and Document Checklist.
- Electronic submission (email) of all provincial and federal forms is required. Physical copies of these forms will not be accepted.
- Physical copies (hard copies) of supporting documents can be submitted by mail or in person.
- All documents listed in the Instructions and Document Checklist and your net worth verification report must be submitted, and your application fee must be paid within 120 days of receiving your LAA for your application to be considered complete.
Step 5: Application assessment
- Your complete application will be assessed by the MPNP. This may include an interview.
- If your application meets all of the requirements of the MPNP, the MPNP will issue you a certificate of nomination.
- If you are approved for the nomination, you will be instructed to sign a Deposit Agreement and send a deposit of CAD$75,000.
Step 6: Apply for Permanent Residence
- Once nominated, you can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
- If your application is favorably assessed by IRCC, you will receive a permanent resident visa.
Step 7: Establish your farm business in Manitoba
- Provide your new contact information to the MPNP within 30 days of your landing as a Permanent Resident.
- MPNP Business Immigration Officers of the Immigration Programs Branch can assist you with information, feedback, and guidance.
The total fee is $2,500 CAD. Here is the Fee Payment Form.
What to do next?
- The current MPNP criteria for Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba remains in effect for Expressions of Interest and applications received before the effective dates listed on the MPNP Renewal timeline.
- Information on the MPNP Renewal will be updated regularly.
- Important: These forms are intended to be completed on a desktop or laptop computer. They may not display or function properly on a mobile device (phone or tablet). Visit get.adobe.com/reader to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader.
- Some forms require a digital signature (digital ID). For more information on signing a PDF form with a digital ID, please visit helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/digital-ids.html. The Business Investor Stream interim process forms and documents may be signed with a self-signed digital ID or a digital ID from a certificate authority.