Help Grow Canada's Economic Future as a Cannabis Farmer

Since it’s legalization in October last year, the regulated sales of cannabis and hemp products have reached phenomenal heights. According to Statistics Canada, monthly sales have already surpassed the $100 million mark.

Canada’s legal recreational cannabis sector has sold over $676.4 million worth of cannabis while sales for medicinal use has more than tripled in the past 6 years, bringing in $11 billion in revenue. Wall Street has projected an estimate of between $50 billion and $200 billion in annual sales, making the cannabis industry one of Canada’s most lucrative options for prospective investors and entrepreneurs.

In order to sustain its growing demand, Canada, which is the world’s largest marijuana producer, has made immigration provisions to meet the urgent need for highly skilled growers.

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There are many paths that you could take to capitalize on the sector’s growth opportunities. Considering that Canada has made its immigration system much more accessible to skilled foreign workers and immigrant business owners, it seems that there is no better time than the present to make the move to Canada.

The immigration system can be difficult to manoeuvre through, especially considering that there are over 70 different programs and visas to choose from. We’ve highlighted the best options to immigrate to Canada and help facilitate the economic growth of one of the country’s most lucrative business sectors.

How Do I Immigrate to Canada as a Cannabis Grower?

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Step 1: What’s Your Code?

There first thing that you would need to do is to determine what your National Occupational Classification(NOC) is. The following table lists job titles in the cannabis sector:


NOC Codes for the Canadian Cannabis Industry
0212quality assurance manager - cannabis
0621cannabis dispensary manager
cannabis shop manager
0822master grower - cannabis
head grower - cannabis
2121extraction specialist - cannabis
2211quality control technician - cannabis
2225cloning technician - cannabis
cultivation technician
landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists (high demand)
3233nurse educator - cannabis
6421budtender - cannabis
bud expert - cannabis/cannabis educator
cannabis consultant
7514cannabis courier
cannabis delivery driver
8255section grower - cannabis
lead grower - cannabis
contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services (high demand)
8432cannabis trimmer
cannabis trim worker
grower - cannabis
nursery and greenhouse workers(high demand)
9213production supervisor - cannabis processing/cannabis processing supervisor
supervisors, food and beverage processing (high demand)
9461encapsulator - cannabis processing
9617cannabis processing labourer

Step 2: Choose your Location

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According to Forbes, the following provinces have voted in favour of laws regarding buying, consuming and growing cannabis:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan

Step 3: Apply for your Licence

All cannabis producers, distributors and sellers are required to get a licence from Health Canada. There are different licence classes and subclasses:

  • Cultivation (including micro and standard cultivation or nursery)
  • Processing (including micro or standard processing)
  • Sale for medical purposes
  • Analytical testing
  • Research

Please note that as of May 8, 2019, all new applicants are required to have a site that meets the criteria of the Cannabis Regulations when they apply.

Step 4: Create a CTLS account

The Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) is required by law as it is how the government keeps track of legal sales.

Please note that all associated individuals are also required to create their own accounts and, depending on the licence type, may also be required to have a security clearance.

Step 5: Submit Application

All applications will be screened before Health Canada conducts a final review.

Step 6: Choose Your Immigration Program

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The best ways to get to Canada through the cannabis business sector is the Entrepreneur Program and Investor or Start-up Program.

The Entrepreneur Visa is best suited to those who want to start or invest in a business in Canada. Applicants are required to have a minimum net worth of $300,000 and have 2 years experience running a business, amongst other criteria.

For those who wish to start an innovative business that can both create jobs and compete on a global scale, the Start-Up or Investor Program is for you. Applicants will be required to meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • have a qualifying business;
  • have a letter of support from a designated organization;
  • meet language requirements; and
  • have enough money to settle in Canada.

For those who want to move to Canada as a cannabis grower, the Express Entry System or Provincial Nominee Programs are the way to go.

The Express Entry system is a great way to immigrate to Canada as it fast tracks the process and does not require a job offer. Applicants are ranked according to factors such as age, education and work experience, to name a few, and will need a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 67 out of a possible 100. If eligible, applicants will be entered into a draw pool, of which the highest-ranking candidates will be selected to receive Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada.

The Provincial Nominee Program is for those who may not qualify for the Express Entry System however have an occupation which is in demand in Canada, a valid job offer and wants to live in Canada. The best part about this program is that candidates are given 600 extra points to add to their CRS score, giving them a leg up in the application process.

For more information on immigrating to Canada as a general farm worker visit our blog here.

How We Can Help


The immigration process can be both complex and confusing. But by using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert immigration advice on which program category or stream is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf. Don't risk your chances of living your Canadian dream. Let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time.

Put your green thumb to good use and let the high times roll in one of the world’s most lucrative cannabis industry. Simply fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. Immigrating to Canada has never been so simple.