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Work as farm workers, meat processors and many more with the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot 

The federal government of Canada has launched a pilot program to provide migrant farm workers a pathway to permanent residence as a partial resolution to Canadian agriculture industry’s enduring labour shortages. Temporary foreign workers with experience in Canada’s agri-food sector will have a new pathway to Canadian permanent residence starting in early 2020.


The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot program is ideal for foreign farm workers who usually with little formal education and those who have been failing to meet the requirements of the country’s economic immigration programs that are intended to attract highly educated and skilled professionals.


The occupations and industries eligible under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot include:

  • Meat processing

    • retail butcher

    • industrial butcher

    • food processing labourer

    • Harvesting labourer for year-round mushroom production and greenhouse crop production

    • General farm worker for year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, or livestock raising

    • Farm supervisor and specialized livestock worker for meat processing, year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production or livestock raising livestock.


It is a big opportunity for temporary foreign workers transition to permanent residence. Candidates with work experience in the above occupations must also meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for Canadian permanent residence under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

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