The Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI)

The Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) is a special rural economic initiative under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B).  The FSRI is for individuals with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.  It is expected that successful applicants of the FSRI will establish a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that is 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.  Agri-business operations not producing primary products may qualify under the Business Program criteria.

Applications received from individuals who have not completed the mandatory Exploratory Visit will not be interviewed and their applications will be returned unprocessed.

Approved applicants will be required to submit a good-faith deposit in the amount of CDN $75,000. This deposit is refundable to applicants, without interest, once they have met the terms and conditions of their Deposit Agreement. Prior to landing as a PR, an applicant who withdraws his/her application will be refunded his/her deposit without interest.

To qualify for the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI), interested applicants must:

  • Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000.
  • Have a minimum of three years farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
  • 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.

The applicant must also:  

  • Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba. The applicant must provide a visit report and other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during this visit .
  • Attend and conduct an interview upon request of a MPNP-B officer in either of Canada’s two official languages after the Nomination Application with application fee have been submitted.

The applicant must also be prepared to:

  • Make an Eligible Farm Business Investment in Manitoba; and
  • Reside in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members.

Farm Business Ownership / Operation or Senior Farm Management Experience:

You must have at least three years of full time farm business and operational experience in the past five years either as a farm business owner or in a senior farm management role of a successful farming operation.  Your job title, place of employment, responsibilities and farm business skills must be described clearly in the resume and in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) Application Form. You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically that your practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry. The application will be evaluated taking into consideration your farm business ownership and operational experience or your farm managerial experience as senior manager or a combination of both.

Farm Business Owner

As a farm business owner / operator, you must be engaged actively and on an ongoing basis in producing primary agriculture products that are marketed for income purposes.  Also, as a farm business entrepreneur, you should bear the risk of return for the capital investment in your farm business enterprise.

Senior Farm Management Experience:

  • You have occupied a position in the highest level of the management structure of a major farm business. In that position, you were responsible for the strategic policy development affecting a major component or a wide range of operations of that farm business, and have done so for at least three of the past five years prior to applying. You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically that your practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices will transfer directly to Manitoba’s primary farm production industry.
  • If your application is based on Farm Managerial  experience as senior manager, you must demonstrate that  you have  had a role with significant decision-making responsibilities involving a minimum of two of the following aspects of business:
    • Crop or livestock production and overall farm operations
    • Sales and marketing of primary agriculture products
    • Accounting and financial management of a farm business
    • Human Resources/Personnel of a farm business
    • Custom farm operation contracting
  • In addition to the above, you should also demonstrate that your level of income is commen-surate with the prevailing income level of senior farm managers of other major farm businesses in your country. You must clearly demonstrate this level of income through appropriate documentation including government income tax assessments and/or income tax returns.

You must make an investment which meets the following criteria:

  • You must live on your farm in rural Manitoba on a day-to-day basis;
  • The farm must be in active primary agricultural production, must be economically viable  and must not be out of production;
  • You must not lease your farm land to others;
  • You must manage the farm operation actively on a day-to-day basis.  You must not use a third party or farm manager to run the farm; and
  • You must not buy a farm for only land value appreciation purposes.

Farm Business Investments will not be eligible if they do not meet these additional requirements for investment and farm business activities.

Investment

  1. The Investment from the Nominee”s personal assets should be with no less than $150,000 in tangible assets in Manitoba.
  2. If an investment is into an existing farm business, the Nominee must control at least 33.33% of the equity, or make a minimum $1 million equity investment in the farm business. In addition, a redemption option should not be included in terms of investment.
  3. Investment into personal items, such as the principal residence that is located off the farm and motor vehicles for personal use, will not be counted as part of business investment.
  4. Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income are not eligible.

Business Activities

  1. A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in Manitoba.
  2. The Nominee is required to actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
  3. The farm business must be legal and viable in Manitoba”s economic environment, and the applicant should have the necessary resources and skills to operate such a farm business.
  4. The MPNP-B requires the Nominee to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities do not quality under the MPNP-B.