The Canadian government recently launched a pilot program aimed at helping farm workers become Canadian permanent residents. This includes farm worker jobs along with other agricultural jobs as well as roles within Canada’s food and food-processing industries.
Agri-Food Pilot Program Overview
The Agri-Food Pilot Program is Canada’s most recent option for people within Canada who are working in the agri-food industry. This includes fruit picking jobs, butchers, farm assistants, farm apprenticeship programs, and other related work. The goal of this program is to help meet the agri-food sector’s labour needs while at the same time helping migrant farm workers to live and work in Canada and gain their permanent residency.
Qualifications for the Agri-Food Pilot Program
First, you must be working within one of the eligible industries and eligible occupations in Canada. You must have work experience in these industries. Full time work experience means working on a full-time basis for at least 30 hours per week. To be eligible, your job shouldn’t be seasonal. If you are coming to Canada for a maximum of six months or eight months per year, you will not qualify for this program. You must be an agri-food worker who stays in Canada all year-round and you must be working in a full-time capacity.
You will be qualified only if you are working in Canada for at least 12 months and have already secured an LMIA-supported valid work permit.
There are three major requirements for the Agri-Food Pilot Program that you must secure to become eligible for Canadian Residency. These are the language requirements, educational requirements, and proof of settlement funds.
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