New Canadian PR program: Announcing 3-year Permanent Residency For Agri-Food Workers

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

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