Canada Opens Applications for New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Agri food Immigration

Canada has now started to accept the applications for the new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, as mentioned by Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. The AFIP is a three-year pilot that will see Canada test an industry-specific approach to immigration.

The pilot targets the labour shortages in the various fields like meat processing, year-round mushroom, and greenhouse crop production and livestock raising industries. The pilot was to open in March 2020, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under this pilot, it is targeted to accept 2750 applications annually, and providing the pathway to permanent residence for the temporary workers who are already working in Canada.


Eligible Industries for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Eligible industries are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

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


Eligible jobs for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

  1. Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  2. NOC (National Occupational Classification) Skill Level B 6331: Retail butchers
  3. NOC C 9462: Industrial butchers
  4. NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  5. NOC D 9617: Food processing labourers
  6. Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
    1. NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    2. NOC C 8431: General farmworkers
    3. NOC D 8611: Harvesting labourers
  7. Animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)
    1. NOC B 8252: Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    2. NOC C 8431: General farmworkers


Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: Candidate Requirements

  1. 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal Canadian work experience (at least 1,560 hours in the past 3 years) in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, in an eligible occupation.
  2. Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in English or French in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  3. Education at the high school level or greater (Canadian equivalency).
  4. Indeterminate job offers for full-time, non-seasonal work in Canada, outside of Quebec, at or above the prevailing wage.
  5. The required settlement funds for candidates and dependents, unless already working in Canada.

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