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Saskatchewan – Farm Owner and Operator Application

Saskatchewan – Farm Owner and Operator Application

November 3, 2019

About the program

This category is for those who’d like to move to Saskatchewan and who:

  • Have proven experience in farming;
  • Have considerable capital (money, assets) to invest in a farming operation; and
  • Plan to buy and run a farm in Saskatchewan.

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.


Minimum requirements

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 a 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. 

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 number 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.


Application Criteria

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.

Nomination Requirements

You may be disqualified from this sub-category if:

  • You don’t meet one or more of the eligibility criteria listed above;
  • You or any dependent family member (accompanying you or not) has a serious medical condition;
  • You or any dependent family member over the age of 18 (accompanying you or not) has a criminal record;
  • You have unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any member of your family;
  • You have intentionally committed misrepresentation during the application process; and/or,
  • You have intentionally committed fraud during the application process.

Before you submit your application:

  • Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria;
  • Ensure you’re able to access and prepare the required forms and documents for the application;
  • Ensure you’re prepared to comply with the requirements and steps involved in the application process, including:
    • Paying a $2,500 CAD processing fee;
    • Paying the $75,000 CAD deposit; and
    • Fulfilling the requirements of the program; and
  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan: You’ll stay in Saskatchewan for at least five days, conducting comprehensive research through meetings with service professionals. You’ll also meet with a SINP representative to discuss your proposed farm operation.

Process

Step 1. Review your application before applying to the SINP

Guide to ensure that he or she:

  • Meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Is able to access and prepare the required forms and documents for the application; and;
  • Is prepared to comply with the requirements and steps involved in the application process, including the $2,500 CAD processing fee, the $75,000 CAD deposit, and fulfilling the requirements of the program.

Step 2. Make an Exploratory Visit to Saskatchewan

Before applying to the SINP, the Applicant must make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan. During the exploratory visit, the Applicant is required to:

  • Stay in Saskatchewan for no less than five business days;
  • Conduct comprehensive research through meetings with service professionals; and
  • Meet with a SINP representative to discuss his or her proposed farm operation.

Step 3. Prepare the Application

The Applicant is required to submit all documents listed in the SINP Farm Category Application Document Checklist. The Applicant must use this checklist as he or she prepares the application.

If the Applicant is a resident or citizen of a country within the Country Specific Checklist, he or she must also include the documents required for this country in the application.

1. Document Translation

All documentation must be provided in either English or French. When documents are in a language other than English or French, the Applicant must submit a photocopy of the original document as well as a photocopy of its translation.

To be eligible for application, translations must be conducted by any person other than the Principal Applicant’s spouse, a member of the Principal Applicant’s family, or a paid third party that has prepared the Principal Applicant’s application to the SINP. A Translator Affidavit that describes the ability of the translator must also be included in the application.

2. Who to include in an Application

The Principal Applicant is the individual who is applying to the SINP to own and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.

Family members of the Principal Applicant may be included as part of his or her application for nomination. The following family members are eligible for consideration:

  • Spouse
    • The individual married to the Principal Applicant.
    • If married in Canada, the application must include a marriage certificate issued by the province or territory where the marriage took place.
    • If married outside of Canada, The marriage must be valid under the law of the country where it took place and under Canadian law15.
  • Common-Law Partner (either of the opposite sex or same-sex)
    • The individual the Principal Applicant has been living with in a conjugal relationship for at least one year in a continuous 12-month period that was not interrupted.
    • The application must include proof that the Principal Applicant and his or her common-law partner have combined their affairs and established a household together.
  • Dependent Children
    • A dependent son or daughter of the Principal Applicant. A child is considered dependent if he or she:
      • Is under the age of 19 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner; and,
      • Is over the age of 19 and has depended largely on the parent’s financial support since before the age of 19 because of a physical or mental condition.

An employee of the Principal Applicant’s current farming operation may also be included in coordination with the principal Applicant’s application for nomination.

  • An accompanying employee must submit a skilled worker application that includes all the required documents and information within the SINP Skilled Workers Category Checklist to the SINP.
    • This skilled worker application can be included as part of the Farm category application for simultaneous processing.
    • The Principal Applicant of the Farm category application must provide a letter of offer to the accompanying employee, for application processing.

3. Passports

Passports for the Principal Applicant and all accompanying family members must be submitted as photocopies. These photocopies must include passport pages showing the passport number, date of issue and expiry date, photo, name, date, place of birth, and all pages showing exit and entry stamps.

If the Applicant or a dependent family member lives in a country that is different than his or her nationality, a photocopy of his or her valid travel document for the current country of residence must be included.

The expiry date of each passport should be at least two (2) years from the date that the application is received by the SINP.

Step 4. Submit your application by courier or in-person to:

Government of Saskatchewan

Immigration Services Division

Farm Unit

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

7th Floor – 1945 Hamilton Street

Regina, Saskatchewan CANADA S4P 2C8

Provide an up-to-date personal email address that can be used to communicate with SINP officers. If not, please note that processing times will increase due to the time needed for mail services.

Step 5. Intake

Once we have received your application, you’ll receive a Letter of Receipt and file number.

Step 6. Pre-Screening

Your application will be screened for completeness. Only applications that are complete in accordance with the Application Document Checklist and Country Specific Checklist (where applicable) will be accepted for SINP assessment.

  • If your application is considered complete, you’ll be sent an Acceptance of Application and Request for Processing Fee letter. This letter will tell you how to make the $2,500 CAD application processing fee by wire transfer.
  • If your application is considered incomplete, you’ll be sent a Return of Incomplete Application letter. This letter will tell you what documents are needed to meet pre-screening requirements. The application will also be returned to you.

Step 7. Application Processing Fee

Once we receive confirmation that you’ve paid the application fee, your application will be accepted for assessment.

At this time we’ll issue you a letter of invitation to make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan. All applicants are advised to apply to IRCC immediately for a visitor visa to Canada as soon as possible – for a possible interview and at the request of the SINP.

Step 8. Assessment and Optional Interview

Next, we’ll evaluate your application using the eligibility criteria.

  • If we need more documentation to assess your application, we may issue you a request for more information. You must respond to this request within forty-five (45) days.
    • If we don’t receive the documentation we ask for in the given time, your application may be closed and returned to you without the SINP assessment.
  • If we need more information or clarification to assess your application, we may issue a request for an interview with you.
    • We’ll provide as much notice of the interview as possible, and will offer two available interview dates. Be sure to respond to the interview request in the time given in the request. If an in-person interview is not possible and you’ve provided information with the reasons you can’t attend the interview in-person, other arrangements can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Following the review and evaluation process, we’ll let you know the outcome of the assessment.

  • If your application is approved for the nomination, you’ll be sent a Nomination Approval and Request for Deposit letter and a Business Performance Agreement.
    • The letter will instruct you on how to make the refundable $75,000 CAD Good Faith Deposit by wire transfer. It will also provide you details with the requirements of the Business Performance Agreement. This agreement is a legally binding contract.

We must receive the full Good Faith Deposit within three months of the issued Nomination Approval and Request for Deposit letter, or your application will be closed and no nomination will be issued.

  • If your application is refused, you’ll be sent a Letter of Refusal.

Step 9. Nomination:

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 the 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.

Business Performance Agreement and Refundable Deposit

If the application is approved for the nomination, the applicant will be sent a Nomination Approval and Request for Deposit letter and a Business Performance Agreement. The Business Performance Agreement must be signed by the applicant. In doing so, he or she is committing to purchase and actively operate farming operating in Saskatchewan. The letter will provide instructions on how to make the required refundable $75,000 CAD Good Faith Deposit, with regard to the requirements of the performance agreement. 

Return of the Good Faith Deposit

In order to have the deposit refunded, the applicant must submit an Application for Deposit Refund Request to the SINP. This may be done:

  • Within two years of landing in Saskatchewan;
  • When all terms of the Business Performance Agreement have been met; and
  • When the applicant can demonstrate that he or she has actively invested in the Saskatchewan farm for no less than six months.

The SINP assesses this application based on the criteria found in the Business Performance Agreement.

  • If the SINP determines that all conditions for deposit return have been met, the full $75,000 CAD deposit will be returned plus any interest accumulated on it.
  • If the SINP determines that the conditions for return have not been met, the applicant will be notified of the criteria that she or he is required to meet before the deposit can be returned.
  • If the SINP determines that the applicant does not intend to become a Permanent Resident, land in Saskatchewan, or meet the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement, the deposit, and any interest accumulated on it, will be forfeited to the province.
  • If the SINP determines that the applicant purposefully misrepresented him or herself and/or committed fraud to obtain permanent residence status, it will retain the deposit and any interest accumulated on it.
  • If the applicant is approved for the nomination but is unable to accept the nomination for humanitarian reasons, the full deposit will be returned plus any interest accumulated on it.

 



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