Easiest Provinces to Migrate to in Canada as a Farmworker

The sad truth is that employment in the agricultural industry has been in decline for decades. Advances in automation have allowed farmers to use technology to do the jobs that people used to at a lower cost, and with less administration. There are still a number of farms and ranches in Canada who still believe in doing things old school. There is also a larger number of farms that simply aren’t big enough to justify the costs of a fully automated planter or picker and continue to rely fully on dedicated hard working farm labourers. Canada is a very big country, second largest in the world in fact, and with 13 provinces and territories, it will serve you well to know where you will have the best opportunities to find regular, continuous work. So, without further ado, these are the best provinces to find work in Canada as a farmworker.

Easiest Provinces to Migrate to Canada as a Farmworker

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A popular term for a farmworker in Canada is a ranch hand, so we may use that term at times throughout this piece. If you are already an experienced farmworker you may be aware that most ranch and farm jobs in Canada include housing. Salaries are competitive for official paid positions, typically starting at $15 an hour. Working under the table may earn you money when you desperately need it, but it won’t be to your benefit if you are looking to become a permanent resident of Canada. Take jobs with formal employment contracts, and always opt for permanent over seasonal employment, even if the latter does pay better.

Alberta

There are numerous opportunities in the largest cattle province of Canada. Alberta is also the second largest wheat producer in the country and has more opportunities in mixed farming, hog farming and dairying. Horse trainers, farming ranch hands, pasture riders, general farm workers and greenhouse workers are in-demand in the province.

Atlantic Provinces

Nova Scotia is the best place to find work on a farm in Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is also a possible path to migrate to Canada as a farmworker if you can secure a permanent position in this area. Nova Scotian farms do a fair amount of crop farming, but the leading product being produced is poultry. The province is the largest producer of chicken and turkey in Canada. Dairy and livestock are also prominent in the province but if you know your way around chickens, Nova Scotia is the place for you.

Saskatchewan

While this province has a large amount of farming, it is not very labour friendly. The major crops of Saskatchewan are grains, for which massive machinery is doing most of the hard work. There are 5,000 hectare farms out there being run by two men. They plant and care for the crop and when the time is right a harvester comes in, does it’s job and then a truck takes the product away to the silos. If you are skilled in operating newer farm machinery and maintenance, you may find a well paying long term job in Saskatchewan.

British Columbia

For a real ranchers paradise, British Columbia is the place to look. Rolling grassy valleys filled with grazing cattle surrounded by snow capped mountains, an aspiring cowboy’s dream. This fertile province has significant opportunity for farmworkers looking to migrate to Canada. Much like Alberta, cattle farming is dominant and crop farming is varied. A lot of the farms also focus on high-quality, value added products such as wine and botanical personal care products. It is also one of the provinces with the most full-time positions available.

How to Migrate to Canada as a Farmworker

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The Agri-food Immigration Pilot

In order to help address specific needs of Canada’s agri-food sector, this unique immigration pilot was tailor-made to allow workers in the industry with permanent jobs to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The Agri-food pilot does however have a deadline, May 2023 will be the cutoff for submissions, and considering 2020 was essentially a write-off for the program, (yes we are already looking to 2021) that does not leave a lot of time to secure a long-term position and the necessary Canadian work experience to qualify for the pilot.

The requirements are short and sweet, the list of eligible occupations is a bit longer, but let’s consider the former first:

  • at least one year of non-seasonal full-time paid work in the last three years (1,560 hours), in one of the eligible occupations listed below, in Canada; and
  • You must hold a valid work permit granted through the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and your employer must have a labour market impact assessment (LMIA); and
  • You will need to take one of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) tests, they are taken in English or French, and score a minimum of 4 across the four categories of reading, writing, listening and speaking; and
  • You must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent, so if you graduated from high school abroad you can just have an Education Credential Assessment done to show that your qualification is equal to the Canadian standard; and
  • You may need to show you have enough funds to settle in Canada. If you are already living and working in Canada, this won’t be necessary.

There are separate industries in Canada’s agriculture industry, and the pilot allocates a certain number of places for each of the occupations in the following categories:


Meat Product Manufacturing
Retail butchers
Industrial butchers
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
Food processing labourers

Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Production
General farm workers
Harvesting labourers
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Animal Production (excluding aquaculture)
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
General farm workers

Another reason to get a move on if you want to migrate to Canada as a farmworker is that there are only a limited number of applications accepted every year for the program, so it is vital that you submit your application as soon as you are eligible.

Annual Limits on Applications
OccupationApplications processed per year
Retail butchers & Industrial butchers1,470
Food processing labourers730
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers50
General farm workers200
Harvesting labourer300

How We Can Help You

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The industry may be modernising, but there are certain jobs that will always require hard working people on farms. There are also certain farm owners who will always like things done the ‘old school’ way, people for whom farming isn’t only a business but a passion too. Those are the farms you want to work on, and fortunately in Canada, we have quite a few.

If you want to migrate to Canada as a farmworker, by using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which province and program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian and provincial government on your behalf. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect, sent in too late or missing a small but vital piece of information.

When you apply to immigrate to Canada with our services you essentially remove all the stress and complications from the immigration process, and as long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can rest assured that your application is in good hands.

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