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Canada Begins Applications for the Latest Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

May 2020, 18
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Canada Begins Applications for the Latest Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
Applications are now being allowed for Canadian latest Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. Federal Immigration Minister announced on 15 May 2020. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is a three-year pilot that will recognize Canada test an industry-specific path to immigration.

The pilot, targeting labor deficits in the meat processing, greenhouse crop production, and year-round mushroom and livestock raising industries, had been due to start during March 2020 but was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Below the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, 2,750 applications will be allowed annually, principally providing a pathway to Canada PR for many temporary immigrant workers presently in Canada.

“The Agri-Food Pilot will bring aspirants for Canada PR who have worked in Canada, who can economically authorize in Canada, and who help the labor demands of farmers and processors,” immigration minister said.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is one of several pilots run by the federal government. Others cover the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Eligible Industries for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Qualified industries are organized by the North American Industry Classification System (N.A.I.C.S).

Meat product manufacturing (N.A.I.C.S 3116)

  • Retail butchers (NOC B 6331)
  • Industrial butchers (NOC C 9462)
  • Food processing laborers (NOC D 9617)
  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC B 8252)

Greenhouse, floriculture production, and nursery, comprising mushroom production (NAICS 1114)

  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC B 8252)
  • General farm workers (NOC C 8431)
  • Harvesting laborers (NOC D 8611)

Animal production which excludes aquaculture (N.A.I.C.S 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC B 8252)
  • General farm workers (NOC C 8431)

Application Limits by Qualified Job

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot highlights yearly application limits for individual eligible occupations.


Annual Application Limit

Farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker (NOC B 8252)


Industrial butcher (NOC C 9462) or retail butcher (NOC B 6331)


Food processing labourer (NOC D 9617)


General farm worker (NOC C 8431)


Harvesting labourer (NOC D 8611)


Applicant Requirements for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

  • 12 months of non-seasonal, full-time Canadian work experience in the preceding 3 years in the Temporary Immigrant Worker Program, in a suitable occupation.
  • CLB level 4 in English or French in all 4 language abilities.
  • Education at a high school level or higher (Canadian equivalent).
  • Indeterminate employment offer for non-seasonal, full-time work in Canada, Quebec outside, at or above the regular wage.
  • The demanded settlement funds for applicants and dependents, unless previously working in Canada.

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