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Applications For Canada Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are open from May 15, 2020

May 18 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

Applications For Canada Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are open from May 15, 2020

In response to a labour shortage in certain agri-food industries like meat processing, year-round mushroom & greenhouse crop production, and livestock-raising, Canada has launched a new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

This is a three-year pilot and will accept applications from May 15, 2020, to May 14, 2023.

This Agri-Food Pilot will help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector and will provide a permanent residence pathway to experienced, non-seasonal temporary workers in specific occupations and industries.

Under this pilot program, the IRCC is planning to welcome approximately 2,750 primary applicants and their family members to apply for permanent residence.

Temporary foreign workers who are already living and working in Canada can apply under this new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

A few excerpts from the statement given by Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of immigration in a news release:

"Attracting and retaining talented workers is essential to help grow our economy and improve the living standards of all Canadians."

"The Agri-Food Pilot will attract applicants for permanent residence who have worked in Canada, who can economically establish in Canada, and who support the labour needs of farmers and processors.”

Industries are eligible for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

  • Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)

    • NOC B 6331: Retail butchers
    • NOC C 9462: Industrial butchers
    • NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • NOC D 9617: Food processing labourers
  • Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)

    • NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • NOC C 8431: General farmworkers
    • NOC D 8611: Harvesting labourers
  • Animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124, 1129)

    • NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • NOC C 8431: General farmworkers                                                           

* All the eligible industries mentioned are classified by the NAICS, i.e. North American Industry Classification System.

Please note, since the province of Quebec manages its own economic immigration program under the Canada-Quebec Accord, the new pilot does not apply there.

Check Your Eligibility for Canada PR Visa

Apply for PR under new Agri-Food Pilot, an applicant must:

  • Have eligible Canadian work experience in one of the eligible occupations and industries
  • Have a full-time, non-seasonal employment offer from a Canadian employer
  • Meet the minimum language and educational requirements
  • Have enough settlement funds (if required)
  • Have a temporary resident status (if living in Canada)

Please note, there will be annual limits on the applications that will be processed under each occupation. Starting on 1st January of every year, all the applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here are details of annual limits:

Eligible occupation

Number of applications accepted per year

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)


Meat Processors get Two-Year LMIA

To complement this new pilot, Employment and Social Development Canada has announced changes that will directly benefit employers in meat processing industry who support temporary foreign workers to apply for permanent residence.

The eligible meat process employers will get a two-year Labour Market Impact Assessment, including those who use Agri-Food Immigration Pilot or other pathways to PR for temporary foreign workers in the eligible occupations and industries.

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