Immigration Canada is implementing a new pilot program in 2020 for agricultural workers

The government of Canada is planning a new Immigration pilot project aimed at agricultural workers. The new immigration plan for agricultural migrant workers will make it easier to apply for permanent residency.

The new pilot program arose because the government believes the current immigration program is restrictive. The current immigration process favours high-skilled workers with higher levels of education. However, most agricultural workers do not have the education required by Immigration Canada. Therefore, the Canadian government is changing the new requirements in order to attract more foreign workers. The Canadian government wants to strengthen its agricultural sector which is a major sector of our revenue.

The Canadian government has made it easier way to apply for permanent residency for agricultural workers. In particular, the pilot will focus on attracting retail butchers, industrial butchers, food processing labourers, harvesting labourers, general farm workers, and farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers.

The occupations and industries eligible under the pilot include:

  • Workers who are trained in meat processing such as: retail butcher, industrial butcher and food processing labourer;
  • harvesting labourer’s for year-round mushroom production and greenhouse crop production;
  • general farm worker’s for year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, or livestock raising;
  • farm supervisor’s and specialized livestock worker’s for meat processing, year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production or livestock raising.

The changes that will make the process easier for foreign agricultural workers

  • Applicants need to be working in field for at least 12 months before they can apply for permanent residency,
  • The applicant needs to have basic English or French skills to be able to communicate in day-to-day activities,
  • They must have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; and
  • They should have a job offer from a Canadian employer.


For more information about how to apply and the specific process for the government’s pilot project will be release in early 2020.


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