Agri-Food Immigration Pilot – Requirement, eligibility, application

(Last Updated On: May 18, 2020)

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is the latest pilot program to be launched by Canada to address the needs to Agri-Food industry in Canada. In this post we discuss the various requirements, eligibility criterion and other details required to apply for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

Eligibility Requirements for Agri-Food Pilot

Foreign workers looking to apply for Agri-Food pilot will need to go through a certain set of requirements before applying for Agri-Food pilot.

Eligible Industries And Occupations

Only a fixed set of industries is eligible for Agri-Food pilot. So you have to check that the industry you are applying for is one of the following:

  • Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture(including mushrooms)
  • Animal Production(excluding Aquaculture)

The occupations eligible are:

  • Retail/Industrial Butchers
  • Farm Supervisors
  • Food Processing workers
  • General Farm workers
  • Harvesting Labourers

This list is subject to change and is listed at official page with NOCs here

Eligible Work Experience

Canadian work experience in the relevant field is a hard requirement to apply for Agri-Food pilot.
You must have a minimum of 1 year non seasonal full time experience in eligible industries and occupations listed above to apply for the pilot. Moreover, the employer must have obtained a minimum of 1 year of LMIA while hiring you.
Any experience while while working on open work permit doesn’t count unless you had a temporary work permit in the past.

Work experience is one of the make or break conditions in Agri-Food pilot.

Job Offer

Job offer is another hard requirement while applying for Agri-Food pilot. You must have a genuine, full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer in one of the above listed eligible industries and occupations(out of Quebec).

Language requirements

Language requirements are pretty much relaxed in Agri-Food pilot. You just need CLB 4 in each section of the language exam. As usual the results must be less than 2 years old.

Education Requirements

The pilot requires the candidates to have atleast Canadian high school diploma or an ECA showing foreign credential at the secondary school level or above. The ECA must be less than 5 years old.

Settlement Funds

As usual with other immigration programs, Agri-Food pilot requires some settlements(bit relaxed than other programs). You can check the proof of fund details at Official site here

How to Apply for Agri-Food Pilot

Once you have determined that you are eligible, applying to Agri-Food Immigration pilot is extremely straight forward and you need to apply straight to IRCC. The application is not online though and requires to send the completed form by post.

All the checklists and the forms that you will require are listed on the office page here. Please note that you will need to have all the documentary proof (regarding your eligibility and qualification) handy before applying to the immigration pilot.

How does Agri-Food Pilot Work ?

The Agri-Food pilot intends to fill the shortage of workers in the Agri-Food sector in the Canada give foreign workers a chance to obtain Canadian permanent residency status at the same status. This makes the pilot a win-win situation for both the industry as well as the individuals looking to secure a permanent residence status in Canada.

The Agri-Food immigration pilot intends to grant Permanent residence status to the eligible foreign workers after a temporary two year work permit. The biggest advantage here is that workers dont need to apply for renewal of work permit after the expiry and straight away become eligible for permanent residence.

The catch here is that the number of invitations per year is limited to 2750 and the pilot is here to stay for only 3 years and will end at May 2023. So if you are in Agri-Food industry, you will need to act fast otherwise the opportunity could be gone sooner than you think as the applications would be processed on First come first served basis.




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  • I completed my graduation agriculture . and i also work experiences in marketing field . and my specialization in agronomy.
    i also have agriculture field experiences 6 years .
    i also pursuing MBA in Marketing and human resources .
    and i complete my training in market management .

    Amninder singh 1 month ago Reply

  • I’m really interested in farm jobs please can I get the offer am very hard working thank you

    Moussa wague 2 months ago Reply

  • What are the eligibility requirements that must be met by the applicants of low-skilled agricultural and livestock farmworkers, in terms of the supporting documents, work experience, language proficiency, and age?

    ALI 3 months ago Reply

    • The requirements are posted in the blog above. This program is independent of age as such.

      admin 3 months ago Reply

  • Please am interested in farm work,who can offer me this job am hardworking

    Smart Rita 4 months ago Reply

  • Can you get me a job offfer ? I am from Pakistan

    Muhammad moiz kazi 4 months ago Reply

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