Entrepreneur and Farm Category

Entrepreneur and Farm Category

The Experience Category consists of two pathways:

Entrepreneur Sub-Category

This sub-category is for people who wish to invest in Saskatchewan by establishing, acquiring or partnering in a business in the province. You’re expected to take on an active management role in the business.

Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category

This sub-category is for experienced farmers with a large capital who are looking to invest in a farming operation and settle in Saskatchewan.

How the Entrepreneur Sub-Category works:

The Entrepreneur Category has four steps. First, you must register your Expression of Interest to the SINP, and you will be given a point score. Those with the highest points are selected in each draw.

If successful, you will be selected and invited to submit an application. You will then have to submit an application directly to the SINP through the SINP Apply Online system.

While your application is being assessed, you will be contacted for a final interview, after which you will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) for you to review and sign. You must email the BPA within 20 days. After submitting the BPA, you will then receive your SINP Entrepreneur Approval letter and a Temporary Work Permit Support letter.

The next step is to apply for a temporary work permit within three months, move to Saskatchewan and establish your business. You must attend an arrival meeting within 18 months of the date on your SINP Entrepreneur Approval letter.

You must arrive in Saskatchewan within 18 months after receiving your first Temporary Work Permit Support letter.

After you transfer your funds in Canada, maintain legal status in Canada and run your business according to the Business Performance Agreement (BPA) for at least six months, you can then request provincial nomination. With a nomination, you will be able to apply for permanent residence directly with IRCC.

How the Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category works::

You must first make sure you have all the required documents. Include your spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and an employee in your current farming operation in your application.

Submit your application by sending an email to saskentrepreneur@gov.sk.ca. You may be contacted by the SINP if they need clarification, additional documents, or an interview.

If your application is successful, you will receive two documents:

  • Nomination Approval and Request for Approval Letter
  • Business Performance Agreement (BPA).

The letter will explain how you can make the refundable CAD $75,000 Good Faith Deposit by wire transfer. It must be received within three months.

Once the payment is received, and you sign the BPA and send it back, you will be receiving a provincial nomination

With a nomination, you can then apply for permanent residence directly with IRCC.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must have a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD (or $300,000 through the Young Farmer Stream),
  • Must have accumulated your net worth through legal means (verified to at least 80 percent).
Sub-CategoryAdditional Requirements

Entrepreneur Sub-Category

  • Must have at least three years of entrepreneurial experience within the past 10 years,
  • Must have a minimum equity investment of $300,000 CAD in Regina or Saskatoon, or of $200,000 CAD in another Saskatchewan community.
  • Must have a Business Establishment Plan (BEP);
  • Must own at least one-third of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan (unless their total investment is $1,000,000 CAD or higher);
  • Must create or maintain at least two jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in Saskatchewan (if business is in Regina or Saskatoon),
  • If you’re purchasing a business in Saskatoon or Regina, you must maintain the number of Canadian or permanent resident workers at the time of purchase,
  • You must live in Saskatchewan with your family,
  • You must sign a business performance agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, which will be provided by the SINP after the application is approved.
  • The business must meet additional requirements.
Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category
  • Must have relevant farm operation knowledge and experience,
  • Must have a viable, considered proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.

The Young Farmer Stream has additional requirements:

  • Must have at least three years of experience in farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience,
  • Must have the potential to supplement your farming income with your spouse/common-law partner's marketable employment skills, based on education and experience.