Agri-Food Immigration Pilot was introduced by the government for foreign farm workers, who, usually with little formal education, have had limited opportunities to stay in Canada for failing to meet the requirements of the country’s economic immigration programs that are designed to attract highly educated and skilled professionals.
This new pilot project, Agri-Food will attract and retain experienced full time, non-seasonal workers who can be economically established in Canada. The idea is to provide them with an opportunity to become PR instead of having to renew their work permits repeatedly whether to continue working for a longer period of time or to work for a different employer.
The candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
The employermust fulfill the following requirements:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expects a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants to be accepted for processing each year under the Agri-Food Immigration pilot. With family members, the pilot could welcome approximately 16,500 new permanent residents to Canada over the course of the pilot’s three-year duration.
The immigration authorities will accept applications under the following groups.
|Job Category||NOC Code||Cap|
|farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker||8252||50|
|industrial or retail butcher||9462 or 6331||1,470|
|food processing labourer||9617||730|
|general farm worker||8431||200|
These limits are for each year. However, IRCC intend to run the pilot program for three years.
The Agri-Food pilot offers a pathway to permanent residence for agricultural workers in Canada. In recent years, Employers in the above-noted eligible occupations and industries have struggled to fill labour shortages and workers have had to rely on short-term, seasonal work permits in order to find employment. The pilot aims to attract and retain workers by offering a pathway to permanent residence in Canada, allowing workers and their families to work and live in Canada for as long as they like.
To apply for permanent residence through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, you need: