A new pilot program commencing in early 2020 will allow workers in the agri-food sector to be eligible for Canadian permanent residency.
This three-year pilot program will help employers in the agriculture and agri-food industry to attract and retain skilled workers in this profession. This will in turn help industries in the agri-food sector grow. Agri-food sector hit a new record in 2018 with its exports reaching $66.2 billion.
The following occupations and industries are eligible under this pilot:
- Meat Processing: Retail butcher, industrial butcher, food processing labourer
- Harvesting labourer for year-round mushroom production and greenhouse crop production
- General farm worker for year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, or livestock raising
- Farm supervisor and specialized livestock worker for meat processing, year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production or livestock raising
Few key facts about this program:
- Employers part of this program will be eligible for 2-year Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- Relevant skilled workers can apply to this pilot in early 2020
- Maximum of 2,750 principal applicants can be part of this program in a given year