Calling All Farm Workers: New Applications for Canada Agri-Food Program Open on January 1, 2024

Canada’s Agri-Food Pilot: Pathway to Permanent Residence Opens Again in 2024!

Calling all experienced farm workers! Are you dreaming of building a new life in Canada? The Canada Agri-Food Pilot program could be your key to unlocking that dream.

This limited-time program offers a fast-track pathway to permanent residency for skilled workers in specific agricultural sectors. Here’s everything you need to know about the January 1st, 2024, application launch:

What is the Agri-Food Pilot?

This pilot program was created to address labour shortages in key Canadian agricultural industries.

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It helps experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific occupations secure permanent residency. Think of it as a reward for your hard work and expertise in feeding Canadians!

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for the Canada Agri-Food Pilot Program, applicants must meet specific criteria, including:

  • Minimum Work Experience: Demonstrate at least one year of cumulative, non-seasonal, full-time experience in an eligible agri-food occupation.
  • Job Offer: Possess a valid job offer for a full-time, permanent, non-seasonal position within the designated industries.
  • Education and Documents: Hold a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent and provide acceptable proof of work experience (employer/union references, letters of employment, T4 documents, paystubs etc.).

Occupations Eligible for the Agri-Food Pilot

The Agri-Food Pilot is a program that provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and with specific occupations. To be eligible for the Agri-Food Pilot, you must have at least one year of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in one of the eligible occupations in the past three years. You must also have a job offer from an employer in Canada.

Eligible Industries and Occupations

The Agri-Food Pilot is open to workers in the following industries:

  • Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  • Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  • Animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 and 1129)

The following occupations are eligible for the Agri-Food Pilot:

  • Butchers: retail and wholesale (NOC 63201)
  • Meat cutters and fishmongers, retail and wholesale (NOC 65202)
  • Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (NOC 94141)
  • Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors (NOC 82030)
  • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators (NOC 84120)
  • Livestock Labourers (NOC 85100)
  • Harvesting Labourers (NOC 85101)

How to apply Canada’s Agri-Food Pilot Program in 2024

Applications for the 2024 intake open on January 1st, so mark your calendars! Visit the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for complete application details and to download the guide.

Remember, there are only 2,750 spots available each year, so act fast! If you have the skills and dedication, the Agri-Food Pilot could be your golden ticket to a rewarding career and a bright future in Canada.

Beyond Immigration:

This program is not just an immigration opportunity; it’s a chance to contribute to Canada’s thriving agricultural industry. By welcoming skilled and experienced workers, the program aims to address labor shortages, enhance productivity, and ultimately strengthen the nation’s agri-food sector.

Additional tips for success:

  • Gather your documents: Start collecting your proof of work experience, education, and language proficiency early.
  • Meet with an immigration consultant: Consider seeking professional guidance to ensure your application is complete and error-free.
  • Submit your application early: Don’t wait until the last minute! Be one of the first in line to increase your chances of success.

Good luck! We hope to see you joining Canada’s vibrant agricultural community soon.

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So, if you’re an agri-food professional with the skills and passion to contribute to Canada’s dynamic agricultural landscape, the Canada Agri-Food Pilot Program awaits you. Embrace the opportunity and start your journey towards building a fulfilling future in Canada!


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