Agri-Food Pilot

Agri-Food Pilot

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: Addressing Labor Shortages

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is designed to mitigate labor shortages in certain agricultural and food sectors, spanning from May 15, 2020, to May 14, 2023.

Targeted Industries:

  • Meat product manufacturing.
  • Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture, inclusive of mushroom production.
  • Animal production (excluding aquaculture).

Key Occupations:

  • Positions in meat product manufacturing include retail and wholesale butchers, meat cutters, industrial butchers, poultry preparers, etc.
  • Roles in greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture consist of agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, specialized livestock workers, harvesting laborers, etc.
  • Jobs in animal production encompass farm supervisors, specialized livestock workers, livestock laborers, harvesting laborers, etc.

Application Cap: Annually, a maximum of 2,750 applications are accepted under this pilot.

Candidate Prerequisites:

  • A minimum of 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal Canadian work (1,560 hours within 3 years) in a qualifying role via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
  • Proficiency in English or French matching the Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in all areas.
  • Educational credentials equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma or higher.
  • An ongoing job offer for full-time, non-seasonal work in Canada (excluding Quebec) at the mandated wage rate or above.
  • Adequate settlement funds for self and family, unless already employed in Canada.

In essence, the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot aims to address pressing labor concerns in select sectors, offering candidates a pathway to Canadian permanent residency.

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