Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program was launched by the Canadian Immigration Services on May 15, 2020. The goal of the program is to resolve the labour needs of the country’s Agri-Food industry. With every one in eight jobs connected to this industry, the Canadian government aims to attract quality labor from overseas to fill the gap in demand. The move is expected to give a fillip to the economy and create many middle-class jobs within the country.
The following food industry can apply for immigration under this program:

  • Meat processing industry
  • Mushroom and greenhouse production
  • Livestock industry

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 2,750 applications will be accepted every year under this pilot.

Eligibility Requirements

The Agri-Food immigration pilot eligibility rules demand that the applicants must have:

  • Relevant and valid work experience
  • A job offer in their field of expertise
  • The relevant language requirements
  • Educational qualifications

They must also provide proof of having the financial resources to settle in Canada and must have maintained the status of a temporary resident if they are already working in the country.

Eligible Occupations and Industries

The following occupations and industries are eligible under the pilot program:

Meat Product Industry

  • Retail and industrial butchers
  • Farm supervisors and livestock workers
  • Food processing specialists

Greenhouse, Nursery/ Floriculture Production/ Mushroom Production:

  • General workers, supervisors, and livestock workers
  • Labor specialist in harvesting

Animal Production

General farm workers, supervisors, and livestock workers

Work Experience

  • One year of non-seasonal full-time work for the past three years
  • Must have worked in one of the occupations listed in the list of eligible industries

Job Offer Needed for Agri-Food Pilot Program

  • The job must be full-time and listed under the occupation list in a relevant industry
  • The job is of a permanent type
  • The job is non-seasonal and consistent throughout the year
  • The job offer must be in Canada ( Except in the province of Quebec)

Language Requirements for Agri-Food Pilot Program:

  • They must show approved test results to establish their writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills in English/French
  • The skills must be in the form of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • The test results must be less than two years old.

Educational Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Canadian high school diploma
  • Applicants must show the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for having completed a foreign credential. The report must be from a professional body or a designated institute
  • The ECA report must be less than five years old

Proof of Financial Resources

All applicants must furnish proof of having adequate funds to settle in Canada. The evidence must indicate the ability to support self and family members.

How To Apply For Permanent Residence

The applicant must have a valid job offer and relevant work experience. They must carry out the following:

  • Procure the application package
  • Pay the application fees
  • Submit the application

They must also provide their biometrics and photographs.

Medical & Police Certificates Requirements

All applicants must provide medical test reports through designated medical doctors. They must also provide police verification certificates for self and family members. Applicants with a history of medical cases may not get admitted to the program. The same rule is also applicable for applicants with a criminal threat to the country.

It is not easy to get approval for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program as the procedures are long-drawn and complicated. Dev Immigration Services is a trusted name in Immigration Laws and Canadian Immigration processes. We can help you have smooth sailing in your effort to qualify for the program. Call us to fix a consultation.


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