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Agri-Food Pilot; Addressing the Labor Needs of the Canadian Agri-food Sector

If you think you cannot handle Canada’s immigration process, there is a good option for you. You can proceed with immigration through the Agri-food pilot. The interim food farming program provides a way to get permanent residency for Canadian farmers. Canada’s agricultural and food industries have tried to resolve the labor shortages problem in recent years. This pilot aims to allow workers and their families to work as long as they want to be in Canada by providing a way to get permanent residency. 

 About 2750 principal applicants and their families are accepted through this program. This pilot meets the needs of the Canadian Agri-food sector and provides an opportunity for non-seasonal and experienced workers in particular occupations to become permanent residents. Interestingly, about 2,750 candidates can be accepted through this pilot annually. Your application will be accepted until May 14, 2025.

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To be eligible for permanent residency and apply for Agri-food Pilot, you must

Have full-time and non-seasonal work experience in eligible Canadian occupations and industries (outside of Quebec) in the past three years (at least 1,560 hours). Moreover, your work experience must be through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 

Note: A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LIMA) with at least 12 months must be given to the employee when you are hired. 

You may be eligible for this program if you have an open work permit. But, the gained work experience while holding this permit does not count. 

  • To have language ability: The minimum language requirements for Agri-food pilot are Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or (NCLC) Level 4 all four skills. 

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  • To have a genuine full-time (at least 30 regularly scheduled paid hours) job offer from a Canadian employer in one of the eligible industries and occupations. 
  • To have educational requirements, you must have a Canadian high school diploma. You must have Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove that your studies level is equal to a Canadian certificate if you studied outside Canada. Note that your ECA report must be less than five years old when receiving your application. 
  • To prove that you have enough funds for settlement in Canada. You’ll need to prove that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family members even if they are not coming with you. 
  • To keep your temporary resident status 

Now that you have learned about the eligibility for applying and permanent residency in the Agri-food pilot, let us tell you the eligible industries and occupations for this pilot.

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The eligible industries for Agri-food Pilot are listed as:

  • meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  • greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  • animal production, excluding aquaculture
    • cattle ranching and farming (NAICS 1121)
    • hog and pig farming (NAICS 1122)
    • poultry and egg production (NAICS 1123)
    • sheep and goat farming (NAICS 1124)
    • other animal production (NAICS 1129)

The eligible occupations are listed below:

For meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116), eligible occupations are as follows:

  • NOC 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
  • NOC 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  • NOC 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • NOC 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
  • NOC 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing

The eligible industries are presented as:

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

The eligible jobs for greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production (NAICS 1114) are as below:

  • NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • NOC 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
  • NOC 85101 – Harvesting labourers

The eligible jobs for animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 and 1129), are:

  • NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • NOC 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
  • NOC 85101 – Harvesting labourers

Application limits by eligible occupation in Agri-food Pilot

Read about the annual limits for each eligible occupation on the following table:

Eligible occupationNumber of applications accepted per year
Specialized livestock worker or farm machinery operator (NOC 84120)50
Industrial butcher, meat cutter, poultry preparer or related worker (NOC 94141)1470
Food and beverage processing labourer (NOC 95106)730
Livestock labourer (NOC 85100)200
Harvesting labourer (NOC 85101)300
Accepted applications yearly

Our Last words on Agri-food Pilot

In this part, we discussed the Agri-food Pilot. Thank you for your attention, dear applicants. We hope that our information has been interesting enough for you. Let us know how we can improve your immigration. 

If you want to check other immigration plans, you can read our articles on Self-Employed personsRural and Northern Immigration PilotFamily SponsorshipRefugeeAtlantic Immigration Plan, and last but not least, Express Entry.

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about this pilot. We are happy to help, and we look forward to seeing your comments. You can also read more about Canada’s politicshistoryeconomygeography, and Socio-culture.

Last Update: 2023-06-13

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