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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Canada Agr-Food Pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is a three-year pilot that offers a pathway for agricultural workers to gain permanent residency in Canada. It has started on May 15, 2020 and will end on May 14, 2023. This pilot aims to fill labour shortages in the agriculture sector specially in the meat processing industry, mushroom and greenhouse crop production as well as livestock industries.

Each year, a maximum of 2,750 primary candidates and their families will be admitted. Over the course of the pilot’s three years, this translates to a total of 16,500 potential new permanent citizens.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is one of several pilot programs run by the federal government. Others include Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot

Are you eligible to apply under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot? Find out if your occupation is in the list below.

NOC CodeNOC DescriptionNOC Level
NOC 8431General farmworkersC
NOC 8611Harvesting labourersD
NOC 8252Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workersB
NOC 6331Retail butchersB
NOC 9462Industrial butchersC
NOC 8252Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workersB
NOC 9617Food processing labourersC


What are the requirements when applying under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

  • a one year of full-time, non-seasonal Canadian work experience in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in an eligible occupation in the past three years
  • a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 from an approved language test (English or French)
  • a foreign education comparable to a high school diploma or higher
  • a full-time, non-seasonal, and permanent Job Offer from a Canadian employer residing outside the province of Quebec

Two-Year Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for eligible employers

A two-year Labour Market Impact Assessment will be provided to eligible employers in the meat processing sector that uses the pilot.

To be considered for the program, meat processors must describe their plans to assist the temporary foreign worker in attaining permanent residency.



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