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New Canadian Immigration Path for Farm Workers: Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

By Ella Bergquist September 3, 2019 (Updated July 20, 2020) 2 min. read
New Immigration Path for Farm Workers

The agriculture industry in Canada has been struggling to maintain the necessary amount of employees. This means that the industry is suffering from labor shortages. These shortages are the result of shrinking rural populations and a competitive global market. In the meat processing industry, there are more than 1,700 butcher positions that need to be filled. These vacancies are translating into roughly $750 million in lost sales (Keung). In order to combat this, the Canadian government has created the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

What is the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

This program was designed to test out a new approach to meeting the labor demands of a specific industry, in this case agriculture. In particular, there is demand for people who work within the meat processing industry and in mushroom production. Currently, labor needs are met by seasonal workers but this program is hoping to enhance the benefits of this work by introducing it as a new path to permanent residence. The pilot will create 2,750 permanent residence spots which will be allotted annually to workers. It is estimated that over three years, this will translate to a total of 16,500 people (workers and their dependents) who are expected to become permanent residents. Despite this, advocates are concerned that this program does not help the seasonal workers that already come to Canada each year, and that the program ties the worker to a specific employer rather than allowing workers free range.

Who is Eligible for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

The program is geared towards specific jobs within the agri-food industry. In order to be eligible, you must work in one of the following:

In addition to working in one of the above jobs, a candidate for this program must also:

More information regarding the details of how one can apply for this program will be available in early 2020.

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Sources:

Nicholas Keung, “New Immigration Program Offers Migrant Farm Workers Pathway to Permanent Residence”, The Star, July 12, 2019, https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/07/12/new-immigration-program-offers-migrant-farm-workers-pathway-to-permanent-residence.html.

“Agri-Food Immigration Pilot”, Government of Canada, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/07/agri-food-immigration-pilot.html.

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