Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway

MPNP - Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway

The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) is replacing the earlier Farm Strategic Initiative of the MPNP. Similar to entrepreneurs, when applying for the program, farm investors must follow seven steps. The application process of Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway does, however, vary from that of Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway.

Among other criteria of Farm Investor Pathway eligibility, prospective applicants are required to:

  • Have a CAD $500,000 minimum verifiable personal net worth
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of farm ownership as well as the experience in managing the farm operations backed by verifiable documents; and
  • Demonstrate adaptability, specifically with regard to practical farming skills, technological expertise and experience in technology-based farming practices, which will be directly transferred to the existing primary agricultural or farm production sector in Manitoba.

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway Interim Application Process

Step 1: Exploring and carrying out the Research of the Farming Business in Manitoba

After reviewing the eligibility criteria for Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway to determine whether or not the conditions are met, the prospective applicant will begin the application process by conducting a visit to Manitoba for Farm Study. A necessary phase in the application process is the Farm Study Visit. The visit must take place no more than one year before the submitting the Farm business concept as well as the Interest Guidelines to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

The proposed or planned investment is a core aspect of the Interest Guidelines. In rural Manitoba, a prospective applicant must expect to make an investment of at least CAD $300,000.

For a prospective applicant, a farm study visit is supposed to help:

  • Collect information and prepare a Farm Business Concept that includes specifics such as the cost of farmland, the cost of production of crops or livestock, the promotion of farm production, agricultural machinery and equipment, the study of competition, or the investigation of clients and suppliers of farms.
  • Settlement of research data in rural Manitoba, including leisure events, programs for refugees, living costs and provision of children's schools.

When a LAA is given to the FIP applicant, the Farm Study Visit is reported as a paper. Although the Farm Visit Report is not directed by the MPNP, the applicant is expected to explain the essence of the activities that have taken place during the entire visit, including plane tickets, contacts made, receipts for hotels, places visited, etc.

Step 2: Completing the Farm Business Concept as well as Interest Guidelines forms

The next steps are to complete and apply the Interest Criteria and Farm Business Forms once a prospective candidate completes the Farm Business Visit in Manitoba.

The Interest Guidelines form is where a prospective applicant offers self-assessed specifics of their profile, including their past schooling, adaptability, experience in the farm industry, language skills, and personal net worth details. Features like an Expression of Interest (EOI) to add to the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway are established by the Interest Guidelines.

Step 3: Submitting the Farm Business Concept as well as Interest Guidelines forms

The potential applicant will also be required to apply a full Farm Business Concept Form at this stage. In order to be able to screen the prospective applicant’s eligibility and prospects for a good long-term contribution to rural Manitoba’s economic development, the MPNP would require all forms to be submitted along with the Code of Conduct for Immigration Members.

Completion and submission of the above-mentioned forms does not constitute a software application. The next step of sending an application to the MPNP can only be moved by candidates receiving a LAA.

Step 4: Submitting the FIP application

120 days after receipt of the LAA, individuals must request a full application for the Farm Investor Pathway. All required paperwork and a non-refundable application fee must be provided by the applicant. The MPNP may require an applicant to provide the net worth and financial details contained in the EOI with a Third Party Verification Report. As an applicant, to ensure that the application is complete, it is necessary to review the directions and document checklist.

Step 5: Evaluation of a FIP application

An interview with an MPNP representative to review the Farm Business Plan could be included in the evaluation of an application for the Farm Investor Pathway (FIP). A Deposit Agreement (contract) that details the conditions of the MPNP will be included in the letter of approval. The applicant is expected to sign and date the Deposit Agreement and make a $75,000 CAD deposit available to the MPNP.

Once the conditions of the agreement are met, this deposit is refundable to the claimant. An MPNP representative can issue a Procedural Fairness letter to the applicant, requiring the applicant to reply within 30 days of receipt of the letter to the representative’s concerns.

Step 6: Obtaining a Canadian Permanent Residency

A nomination certificate will be given when the MPNP receives the applicant’s deposit agreement. The farm investor will be able to apply to the IRCC concerning a Canadian permanent residence application.

In compliance with the terms and conditions signed in the Deposit Agreement, the MPNP will consistently control the performance of the farm sector.

Step 7: Establishing a Farm Business in the Manitoba Province

The applicant for a farm investor will be expected to submit progress reports to the MPNP that capture how the company has been set up and that the investment conditions are met.

For information on farm operations and services that may aid in setting up the farm business, the farm investor may consult with a Manitoba Business Immigration Officer. The CAD $75,000 deposit will be returned to the applicant after the MPNP verifies the farm business investment.

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway Criteria

Criterion Minimum Requirement
Farm Business Experience Minimum of three years farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
Official Languages Proficiency The FIP recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.

Applicants invited to attend a FIP interview will be required to conduct the interview in either French or English.

Farm Business Investment At least $300,000. Applicants are expected to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.

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.

Farm Business Research Visit Applicants must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
Farm Business Activities A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.

Applicants 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. Purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers are not eligible under the MPNP.

Economic Establishment Adaptability Applicants 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.
Net Worth At least $500,000.

The FIP retains the option to have personal net worth verified by a third party supplier approved by the MPNP.

If optioned, the verification report along with the application must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving Invitation to Apply.