Canada has launched a new immigration program known as Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. This pilot program will provide a way to Canadian Permanent Residence to those individuals who are working in the agri-food industries. And the pilot program will give them an opportunity to settle permanently in Canada.
Canada is facing labor shortages in industries like meat processing, livestock-raising, and mushroom and greenhouse production. So, Canada needs workers related to these fields.
Individuals who have temporary work permit visa in these fields can apply for permanent residence through this new pilot program. Temporary foreign workers won’t have to re-apply for the work permit as the pilot will enable them to get the status of a permanent resident.
The IRCC will take nearly 2,750 principal applicants as well as their family members every year for a period of three years.
The government has already started taking applications for the Agri-food Immigration Pilot and will continue accepting applications till May 14, 2023.
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot had to be launched by the end of March this year. The coronavirus pandemic, however, delayed the launch. Temporary foreign workers with work experience in the agri-food industries will get an opportunity to work permanently in Canada through this pilot. The Quebec province is excluded from this immigration program as it has its own immigration system.
– General farm workers
– Farm supervisors
The agriculture and food industry is known for supporting several jobs in Canada and is an inevitable part of Canada’s economic growth. In 2019, the agriculture industry managed to do exports worth $67 billion. Therefore, the launch of the Agri-Food Pilot will help in attracting temporary foreign workers for permanent residence.
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