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Canada Introduces New Agri-food Immigration Pilot Program for Canada PR Visa

Canada Introduces New Agri-food Immigration Pilot Program for Canada PR Visa

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have now started to accept applications for a new immigration pilot program – the Agri-food Immigration program. Introduced to tackle the problem of lack of skilled candidates in meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries. The temporary workers working under these industries can now apply for permanent residency through this pilot program.

Through this pilot program, IRCC will admit up to 2,750 principal applicants with their family members for the next three years. Applications will be submitted from now until May 14, 2023.

Canadian agri-food employers are asking the federal government to help them recruit and retain the workers they need to function. The pilot’s scheduled launch date was slated for late March but was delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. It allows temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with agri-food work experience to apply for Canada PR Visa.

The agri-food immigration pilot project does not include the province of Quebec, which has its own immigration system. However, Quebec employers who hire temporary non-seasonal foreign workers can benefit from the two-year Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that is part of the pilot project, as long as the National Occupation Classification (NOC) of the worker is eligible. They can then apply for permanent selection from Quebec through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).

Following is the list of the occupations that are eligible under this pilot immigration program:

  • Meat producing manufacturing;
    • Retail butchers
    • Industrial butchers
    • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • Food processing labourers
  • Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including mushroom production;
    • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • General farmworkers
    • Harvesting labourers
  • Animal production excluding aquaculture;
    • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • General farmworkers

Marco Mendicino in a press release said, “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.”

Reference is taken from CIC News

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