Agri- Food Pilot starts May 15, 2020

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) will begin accepting applications to the new Agri-Food Pilot w.e.f. May 15, 2020.

The 3-year pilot (May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2023) will test an industry-specific approach to help employers in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries fill ongoing labour needs for full-time, year-round employees. It will provide a pathway to permanent residence for many temporary foreign workers already in Canada.

A total of 2,750 applications will be accepted annually throughout the pilot, which applies primarily to people who are already in Canada. Existing travel restrictions continue to apply.

  • The occupations and industries eligible under the pilot include:
    • meat product manufacturing
      • retail butchers
      • industrial butchers
      • farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
      • food processing labourers
    • greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production
      • farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
      • general farm workers
      • harvesting labourers
    • animal production, excluding aquaculture
      • farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
      • general farm workers

To apply for permanent residence under the Agri-Food Pilot, you need

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to apply for the Agri-Food Pilot Program.

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