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Breaking News! New Agri-food Pilot to Open Up Thousands of Jobs for Semi-skilled Workers in 2020

Canada has recently introduced the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot in order to bring skilled farm and livestock workers to Canada. The Agricultural and Livestock sector are both booming industries in Canada, and there are currently 2,750 spots available through the new 3-year pilot.

It is an industry-specific program, aimed at none-seasonal farm and livestock workers, particularly in the meat processing and mushroom production sectors. Eligibility for the pilot depends on having a valid job offer in one of the specialised occupations as well as your work experience.

Experienced industrial butchers can earn up to $45,850 per annum in Canada.

General farmworkers are not far behind either, with an annual salary expectation of up to $35,100 per year.

The great part about this pilot is that it allows you to gain Canadian work experience, which is necessary if you intend on applying for permanent residence in Canada. Once you have been living and working in Canada for 3 years, you and your family will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.

If you're interested in the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot, simply click the link below or keep reading to find out more about the requirements of the pilot and how we can help you with your application.

Are You Eligible for the New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?

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To apply for this pilot you will need to have a valid job offer and show that you are an experienced worker in one of the specified occupations within the meat production and agricultural sector. Below, you’ll find a step by step guide to getting permanent residency in Canada through the Agri-food Immigration Pilot.

Step 1: Determine Your Employer’s Industry

Industries in North America are classified by the NAICS (North American Industry System). You will need the NAICS industry code when applying for your job, which you can get from your prospective employer. The eligible industries in the Agri-food Immigration Pilot include:

  • meat product manufacturing sector (NAICS 3116)
  • greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (MACS 1114)
  • animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

Step 2: Determine if Your Job is Eligible

Your job is classified by a NOC (National Occupational Classification) code. Below, you will find the qualifying occupations that fall under the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot.


Eligible Jobs under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
NOC CodeOccupationAnnual Application Limits
Meat product manufacturing industry
(NOC B 6331)
(NOC C 9462)
(NOC B 8252)
(NOC D 9617)

retail butchers
industrial butchers
farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
food processing labourers

1,470
1,470
50
730
Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production industries
(NOC B 8252)
(NOC C 8431)
(NOC D 8611)

farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
general farmworkers
harvesting labourers

50
200
600
Animal production industry
(NOC B 8252)
(NOC C 8431)

farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
general farmworkers

50
200

Step 3: Check if You Meet General Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible for the pilot you will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have 1 year of non-seasonal work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3years
  • Have a valid full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer in Canada(salary must meet or exceed the prevailing wage)
  • Have a minimum CLB/NCLC score of 4 in either English or French;
  • Have a Canadian high school diploma or an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) of a foreign equivalent or higher;
  • Have enough money to support yourself and your family members. Even if they won’t be moving with you to Canada(at least 50% of the low cut-off totals)

It is important that you meet all of these requirements and are able to supply supporting documents in order to avoid any delays or having your Canadian visa application denied.

Visit our blog here to find out what the top 7 reasons why your Canadian visa application could be denied as well as to find out what this year’s low cut-off totals are for financial support.

How We Can Help You Apply Today

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The Canadian visa application process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. 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 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 government for you.

Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. All you have to do is click here and complete our online application form and we’ll take care of the rest while you plan your move to Canada.

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