Canada launches new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot program

Canadian immigration has introduced a new pilot program to obtain permanent residence for workers in the agricultural sectors. This program is meant to address the current and future labour shortages in the agricultural industry, such as in meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse productions along with the raising of livestock.

Temporary workers working in these fields will be able to apply for permanent residence with their families.

The occupations and industries include Meat product manufacturing (Retail butchers, Industrial butchers, Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers, Food processing labourers), Greenhouse, mushroom, nursery and floriculture production (Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers, General farm workers, Harvesting labourers), and Animal production excluding aquaculture (Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers, Genera farm workers).

It is estimated that the Agricultural Industry in Canada generates 1 in 8 jobs in Canada and in 2019 this sector exported more than $67 billion overseas. Therefore it is essential for Canada to keep these talented workers and allow them to stay inside Canada for them to continue to help support our farmers and processors. If you would like to know more about this program or other streams feel free to send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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