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The Agri-Food Pilot program is a Canadian immigration initiative designed to address labor shortages within the agri-food sector while offering permanent residency to foreign workers with relevant experience in certain agricultural and food processing occupations. Launched as a three-year pilot program in May 2020, it aims to support the long-term growth and sustainability of Canada's agricultural industry by attracting and retaining skilled workers.


  • Addressing Labor Shortages: The program seeks to address persistent labor shortages faced by employers in the agri-food sector, particularly in occupations where Canadian workers are in short supply.

  • Economic Growth: By facilitating the recruitment of skilled workers from abroad, the program aims to support the growth and competitiveness of Canada's agri-food industry.

  • Permanent Residency: One of the key objectives of the pilot program is to provide a pathway to permanent residency for eligible foreign workers, thereby encouraging their long-term settlement in Canada.


  • Occupational Categories: The program targets specific occupations within the agri-food sector, including farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers, general farm workers, and food processing laborers.

  • Work Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in one of the eligible occupations within the three years preceding their application. your work experience must have been for paid work. Any periods of self-employment or unauthorized work will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience.

  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English or French is required, demonstrated through standardized language tests.

  • Educational Requirements: While not mandatory, having a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential or an equivalent foreign credential can enhance an applicant's eligibility.

Application Process:

Employer Involvement

Employers in the agri-food sector must obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to demonstrate the need for foreign workers to fill specific job vacancies.

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