Agri-Food Immigration Pilot offers a pathway to Canada Permanent Residence 

The Federal Government has launched the Agri-Food Pilot Immigration Pilot for addressing the scarcity of workers in the agricultural sectors. The 3 year Pilot will accept applications until 14th May 2023 as per the press release of the IRCC. 

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will accept a maximum of 2,750 Primary applicants along with their family members every year for the next 3 years. This means possibly 16,500 fresh Permanent Residents to Canada in this period. 

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot offers Canada Permanent Residence pathway to workers in the Agriculture sector in Canada. Agri-food and Agriculture industries in Canada are struggling in recent years to address the scarcity of labor. 

Meanwhile, workers are dependent on seasonal and short-term Work Permits for finding employment. The program aims at attracting and retaining workers by providing a route to Canada Permanent Residence. It will permit workers to reside and work in Canada along with their family members as long as they wish to. 

Employers in Canada that participate in the pilot will qualify for a 2-year LMIA - Labor Market Impact Assessment.

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Occupations included in the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot aims at addressing the labor demand of employers in Canada in the Livestock-raising, Mushroom and Greenhouse Production, and Meat Processing industries. Skilled workers who are already in Canada having a Visa under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program can apply for Permanent Residence through the program.

The industries and occupations that qualify through the pilot are: 

Meat Product Manufacturing

  • Industrial Butchers
  • Retail Butchers
  • Food Processing Laborers
  • Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers

Greenhouse, Floriculture production and Nursery including Mushroom production

  • General Farm Workers
  • Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
  • Harvesting Laborers

Animal Production excluding Aquaculture

  • General Farm Workers
  • Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers

The Agri-food and Agriculture industry supports 1 out of 8 jobs in Canada. Exports in Agriculture achieved a record of $67 Billion in 2019. 

Immigration Minister of Canada Marco Mendicino has said that it is essential to attract and retain skilled workers for economic growth and improve the standard of living of all Canadians. Skilled workers who have worked in Canada can apply for Permanent Residence through the Agri-Food Pilot. They must be able to support the labor demands of the Processors and Farmers and establish themselves economically in Canada, added Mendicino. 

Agri-Food Pilot Program Requirements

Candidates who wish to apply for Permanent Residence through Agri-Food Pilot Program must fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Work experience 

12 months non-seasonal full-time work experience in Canada in an eligible occupation under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in raising livestock, meat products, growing greenhouse crops, or mushrooms.

  • Language Proficiency

CLB - Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 in French or English.

  • Education

High School level or higher education in Canada or overseas equivalent. 

  • Job offer 

A full-time, indeterminate job offer for non-seasonal work in Canada excluding Quebec at prevailing wage rate or higher. 

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Applying for Permanent Residency through the Agri-Food Pilot

To apply for Permanent Residency through the Agri-Food Pilot you must have a valid offer of a job in Canada. You must demonstrate that you have experience of working in one of the specified occupations in the Agricultural and Meat Production sector. Here is a brief overview of the stages involved in obtaining Permanent Residency through this Pilot:

Stage 1: Determine Industry of Your Employer

Industries in North America are categorized through the North American Industry System – NAICS. You have to obtain the NAICS code from your prospective employer as it will be needed while applying for the job. The industries that qualify through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are: 

  • Meat product manufacturing sector - NAICS 3116.
  • Animal production apart from aquaculture - NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124, &1129.
  • Greenhouse, floriculture production, and nursery including mushroom production - NAICS 1114.

Stage 2: Determine Eligibility of Your Job

Your job is classified according to the code in the NOC - National Occupational Classification. Here are the qualifying occupations that are included in the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot:

Eligible Jobs Under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot:-

Annual Application Limits
NOC Code

Retail Butchers

Industrial Butchers

Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers

Food Processing Laborers





Meat Product Manufacturing Industry


(NOC B 6331)

(NOC C 9462)

(NOC B 8252)

(NOC D 9617)

Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers

General Farm Workers

Harvesting Laborers




Greenhouse, Floriculture Production and Nursery Industries

(NOC B 8252)


(NOC C 8431)

(NOC D 8611)

Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers

General Farm Workers



Animal Production Industry

(NOC B 8252)

(NOC C 8431)

Stage 3: Confirm if you fulfill General Eligibility requirements

You will have to fulfill all the below-specified criteria in order to qualify for the Agri-food Immigration Pilot:

  • Have one year of non-seasonal work experience for a minimum of 1, 560 hours in the last 3 years in the same sector that you are applying for. 
  • Have a valid indeterminate job offer in Canada that is non-seasonal and full-time with a salary on par or higher than the existing wages.  
  • Have an NCLC/CLB score of at least 4 in French or English. 
  • Have High School Diploma obtained in Canada or an overseas equivalent or higher with ECA - Educational Credential Assessment.
  • Have adequate funds for supporting yourself and your family members even if they are not accompanying you to Canada. 

You have to fulfill all these requirements as well as provide all the supporting documentation while filing the application. This is essential for avoiding any delays in your Canada PR Visa application.

Settlement funds requirement

You must demonstrate that you have adequate cash for supporting yourself along with members of your family for settling in Canada. Those already employed in Canada with a legal work permit need not offer proof of funds. If you are not employed already in Canada, the requirement for settlement funds is as specified here:

Number of family members
Funds Required in CAD
1 (sole applicant)
For each extra family member add

You can file your Canada PR Visa application with IRCC if you fulfill all the above-specified requirements. For applying you must compile an exhaustive application as per the application guide and forms specified on the official webpage of the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. You must offer evidence through documents that you fulfill all the requirements of the program. 

After completing the application you must submit the hard copy through mail to the address specified on the webpage of the program.

Why did Canada launch the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

Permanent Residence status provides overseas workers with access to additional social programs that they contribute towards through paying taxes. It includes Pension Plan and Employment Insurance in Canada. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will enable more overseas workers to plan long-term settlements in Canada. This is better than a temporary stay with no pathways for transitioning to a Permanent Residence. 

Organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Agriculture had welcomed the proposal to launch Agri-Food Immigration Pilot when it was first discussed in 2019. Mary Robinson CFA President had said that farmers in Canada will be disinterested in making investments in agriculture if they do not have adequate workers. They would also be unable to expand their business. It is well known that the unavailability of labor is an obstacle for many agricultural industries in Canada. As per reports roughly 24,000 job openings remained unfilled in 2014 that resulting in losses of 1.5 Billion Dollars, pointed Robinson. 

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot has been launched as a partnership between Employment and Social Development Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

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