Why do the FSRI eligibility criteria specify that an applicant must demonstrate practical farming skills, technological knowledge and experience in technological-based farming practice that will immediately transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary production industry?

In the past, applicants who successfully established rural farm businesses consistent with existing Manitoba farm operations and investment levels displayed the characteristics of having farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices, and language skills that were immediately adaptable or transferable to Manitoba. The technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices were being employed by the successful applicant in their existing farm business.

Applicants with farming as their business intention who previously did not employ similar technological based farming practices on their farm operation, or have suitable language skills were less likely to be successful in establishing a farm business in rural Manitoba.

I have never owned a farm business or managed a farming operation. Does this affect my chances of qualifying?

Yes. All FSRI applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents. You must demonstrate your adaptability, specifically your practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices which will transfer directly to Manitoba’s primary farm production industry that is currently in practice.

I operate a farm where the farm technologies, production practices, amount of investment, climate and / or government requirements are considerably different than Manitoba, but I am a hard worker, produce similar crops such as wheat and cattle, and I adapt easily to new business situations. Do I have a reasonable chance of being approved under the FSRI?

Manitoba will only nominate suitable farm business applicants whose practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices are immediately transferable to rural Manitoba, and that a long term contribution to the Manitoba economy can be achieved through their nomination. The MPNP-B recognizes that the FSRI Program will not be a suitable program for all potential farm business applicants. Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria of the FSRI are encouraged to review the MPNP-B Business Program, the MPNP Skilled Worker Program, or immigration programs offered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with Manitoba as their destination.

I am not required to file income tax assessments or income tax returns on income that was earned through farming. Will this affect my chance of being a successful FSRI applicant?

All FSRI applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents. The MPNP-B requires all applicants to document their accumulation of funds as per IMM0008 Schedule 4a. Without official government documents to support declared income from farming operations as requested in the Document Checklist, the MPNP-B may not be able to accurately assess that you will meet the Program’s and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s source of funds requirements.

I do not understand English or French. Will this affect my chances of being approved under the FSRI?

Though not cause for automatic refusal of an application, the inability to speak English or French will negatively impact your chances of being approved under the FSRI. Although the FSRI does not employ an adaptability matrix that awards points for English or French language capabilities, the FSRI recognizes that language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill which can accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba. FSRI applicants must demonstrate suitability and adaptability to the Manitoba farm industry, which is rural based and services are offered predominantly in English or French.