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Canada Set To Begin Accepting Applications Through Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Canada is set to start accepting applications through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot by March 2020.

The pilot program targeting labour shortages in the meat processing, year-round mushrooms and greenhouse crop productions and livestock raising industries, was released in July 2019.

Candidates require Canadian eligible work experience and an employment offer from a Canadian employer to qualify for the pilot.

A notice posted on a Canadian government website says a “complete instruction guide, documents checklist and form will be available [for the pilot] in March 2020”.

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What Sector Are Eligible For the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

Eligible sectors are classified by the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS).

  1. Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  2. Greenhouse, floriculture production and nursery, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  3. Animal productions, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

What Jobs Are Eligible For the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

1) Meat product manufacturing sector (NAICS 3116)

NOC B 6331: Retail butcher
NOC C 9462: Industrial butcher
NOC B 8252: Farm supervisor and specialized livestock worker
NOC D 9617: Food processing labourer

2) Greenhouse, floriculture production and nursery, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)

NOC B 8252: Farm supervisor and specialized livestock workers
NOC C 8431: General farmworker
NOC D 8611: Harvesting labourer

3) Animal production, excluding aquacultures (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

NOC B 8252: Farm supervisor and specialized livestock workers
NOC C 8431: General farmworker

Application Limits By Eligible Job

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot program an annual application limit for each eligible occupation.

Occupation Annual Application Limit
Farm supervisors or specialized livestock workers (NOC B 8252) 50
Industrial butcher (NOC C 9462) or retail butcher (NOC B 6331) 1,470
Food processing labourers (NOC D 9617) 730
General farm workers (NOC C 8431) 200
Harvesting labourers (NOC D 8611) 300

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: Candidate Eligibility Requirements

  • Twelve (12) months of full-time, non-seasonal Canadian work experience (a minimum of 1,560 hours in the past three (3) years) in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, in an eligible occupation.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in French or English in reading, speaking, listening and writing.
  • Education at the high school level or higher level (Canadian equivalency).
  • Indeterminate full-time job offer, non-seasonal work in Canada, outside of Quebec, at or above the prevailing wages.
  • The required settlement funds for candidate and dependent, unless already working in Canada.
Number of a family member (including those you support who are not immigrating with you) Funds you need
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For every additional family member $3,492

Two-Year LMIA For Meat Processor

To complement the pilot, Employment and Social Development Canada are currently introducing changes that will benefit meat processor employer who are supporting temporary foreign worker in transitioning to permanent residence.

A two-year Labour Market Impact Assessment will be given to eligible meat process employer, including employer who is using the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot or other existing routes to permanent residence for temporary foreign worker in the same occupations and industry that are eligible for the pilot.

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot In Quebec Province

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is not yet available in Quebec region.

But, Quebec employers who hire non-seasonal worker through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program could benefit from a two-year LMIA as part of the pilot program.

The quality, the temporary foreign worker’s job have to match one of the specific NOC codes included for the pilot.

It should be noted that applicants in Quebec will not be eligible to qualify for permanent residence via the pilot. They can be eligible through Quebec immigration programs only.