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Agri-Food Pilot Program


To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • Have a minimum of 1 year full-time non-seasonal work experience in the past three (3) years in one or more eligible occupations and in one eligible industry through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP);

  • Have a permanent, full-time, non-seasonal job offer in an eligible occupation under an eligible industry outside of Quebec;

  • Provide language results showing at minimum, Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in all language skill areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking;  

  • Have a Canadian high school diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization or professional body showing that a foreign credential at the secondary school level or above was completed;

  • Show that sufficient funds are available to facilitate settlement in Canada, if not already legally working in Canada. The total funds required is based on the number of family members the candidate has;

  • Have maintained temporary resident status, if already in Canada.


Once all the documents have been gathered, the applicant should submit an application for permanent residence as soon as possible. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis and as previously mentioned, there is a cap on the number of applications accepted each year so it is important not to delay submitting the application.


Minimum Funds Required

The funds required, as previously noted, is based on the size of the applicant’s family, even when these family members are not accompanying the applicant to Canada. As such, proof of the below amount should be provided where the applicant is not already working in Canada on a valid work permit:


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Agri Food Pilot

On 15 May 2020, Canada announced the launch of the Agri-Food Pilot with its primary purpose being addressing labour shortages in the agricultural sector and providing a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers. Specifically, the program focuses on attracting retail butchers, industrial butchers, food processing labourers, harvesting labourers, general farm workers, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers.


To apply under this program, applicants must show that the work experience was gained in an eligible industry and in an eligible occupation. Industries are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for which codes and definitions are provided. On the other hand, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) classifies occupations—in this case NOCs B, C and D—and like the NAICS, provides occupation codes. 


It is furthermore important to note that there is a cap on the number of applications that are processed each year for each eligible occupation.  Below is a table which shows the referenced industries, their related occupations and their respective codes, as well as the number of applications that will be processed on an annual basis under this pilot: 

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