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Debuting in March 2020, the new Agri-food Immigration Pilot will open up over 2,750 job opportunities for skilled farm and livestock workers looking to immigrate to Canada and apply for permanent residence. Given the amount of preparation time needed to apply for immigration it certainly isn’t too early to begin the application process now, beginning by familiarizing yourself with the requirements of this pilot.

The program is industry-specific, aimed at attracting non-seasonal farm and livestock workers who have the intention of settling and remaining in Canada year-round, particularly in the meat processing, animal raising, green housing and mushroom production sectors. Eligibility for the pilot depends on having a valid job offer in one of the specialized occupations as well as your work experience.

What Do You Need to Apply for Permanent Residence Under the Agri-food Pilot?



brown cow on farm Agri-food Immigration Pilot Canada

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 3 years) in the same industry you are applying for;
  • Have a valid full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer in Canada for which the 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 Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of a foreign equivalent or higher; and
  • Have enough money to support yourself and your family members, even if they won’t be moving with you to Canada. 

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

Check if You Meet General Eligibility

Interested in applying for the Canadian Agri-food Immigration Pilot? We are here to make your application easy. Our team of RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are all authorized by the Government of Canada to assist with your application.

With an immigration expert, like an RCIC, working on your case your application will be more likely to succeed because they will ensure all the documentation is completed correctly and submitted on time. They provide you with a simplified, error-free route to Canada.

Once you’ve made the decision to use our services, the first step is completing our comprehensive online evaluation. This will allow you to discover all your immigration options, including your eligibility for the Agri-food Immigration Pilot. Our RCICs will provide you with a report detailing which programs you are most likely to succeed with. Give yourself the best chance of success. We take care of your application. You take it easy.