Agri-Food Immigration Pilot launch postponed until May

Shelby Thevenot
Published: March 31, 2020

The launch of a new Canadian immigration pilot for foreign workers in the agri-food industry has been rescheduled as the government continues its response to coronavirus.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is now expected to be open to applicants from May 15, 2020, until May 14, 2023. The pilot was supposed to start accepting applications on March 30. It would provide a pathway to permanent residence for workers in Canada’s agri-food sector, specifically the meat and mushroom production industries.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that people who are currently preparing their application will see delays in receiving supporting documentation, such as proof of education and official language proficiency. Organizations that provide these services have either temporarily reduced or suspended their operations in response to COVID-19.

Get help with Canadian work permits

Temporary foreign workers are allowed to come to Canada despite the current travel restrictions. Like all travellers entering the country, foreign workers must quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days after arrival. Employers must not interfere with this requirement in any way.

What is the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

The three-year Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is meant to help retain non-seasonal foreign workers whose work supports Canada’s food supply.

Eligible candidates will have 12 months of full-time work experience, and a job offer in one of the following industries:

  • meat product manufacturing, which includes butchers, supervisors, and labourers;
  • greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including mushroom production;
  • animal production excluding aquaculture.

They will also need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of four in either English or French, and a high school education. Their job offer must also be outside of Quebec, which has its own agriculture immigration streams.

Canada aims to welcome about 2,750 new permanent residents per year through this pilot. Most of those allocations (1470) are set aside for industrial and retail butchers. The rest will go to food processing labourers (730), harvesting labourers (300), and farm supervisors or specialized livestock workers (50).

Need assistance with the Temporary Work Permit application process? Contact wp@canadavisa.com.

© 2020 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
Canada opens new PR pathway for families impacted by the conflict in Sudan
A Canadian and Sudanese flag together.
Which Canadian industries may require a criminal record check for employment?
Close-up Of Human Hand Filling Criminal Background Check Application Form With Pen
Exploring the reasons behind immigrant departures from Canada
A plane flies just over an icy runway. A minority of Canadian PRs choose to leave Canada—find out why.
What language level do I need to apply for Canadian citizenship?
Family of mother with three kids hold large Canadian flag celebration in mountains.
Top Stories
Prepare For Your Canadian Career: Useful tips to prepare before you arrive
An overview of permanent residence fees for economic immigration pathways in 2024
Five provinces issue more invitations in latest provincial immigration results
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Provinces
Five provinces issue more invitations in latest provincial immigration results
Rear view of male tourist in red winter coat canoeing with paddle in Spirit Island on Maligne Lake at Jasper national park, Alberta, Canada
A newcomer’s guide to making Montreal home
Montreal skyline
Study: More newcomers are choosing to stay in Atlantic Canada
More skilled newcomers are choosing to stay in Atlantic Canada.
British Columbia, Alberta and PEI issue provincial nominations this week
A photo at Jasper park of a canoe on Maligne Lake. This week Alberta and BC issued invitations via their PNPs.
Link copied to clipboard