The government of Canada is extending the Agri-Food Pilot until May 14, 2025, emphasizing their commitment to support the labor market needs of the agri-food sector and strengthen the nation’s food supply.
Today we’re announcing that the Agri-Food Pilot, which helps experienced workers in agricultural and food industries become permanent residents in Canada, will now run until May 14, 2025: https://t.co/pWYFed6et3 pic.twitter.com/z71xrdkDZj
— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) May 8, 2023
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the removal of annual occupational caps, allowing more eligible candidates to apply. By year-end, new pilot changes will be introduced in stages, such as:
- Extending open work permit access to family members of all Agri-Food Pilot participants
- Allowing unions to attest to candidates’ work experience instead of employer reference letters
- Providing applicants in Canada the option to meet either the job offer or education requirements
- Accepting work experience gained under open work permits for vulnerable workers
These changes significantly address labor market needs in industries like meat processing, mushroom production, greenhouse crops, and livestock raising. They also support applicants and their families, reduce barriers, and expand permanent residency pathways for experienced workers.
The Agri-Food Pilot is part of Canada’s broader economic immigration programs, promoting skills and labor in agriculture and agri-food while offering workers the chance to settle in Canada and contribute to the nation’s economy.
What is Agri-Food Pilot Program
The Agri-Food Pilot Program is an initiative launched by the Canadian government to address labor shortages in the agri-food sector. It aims to provide a pathway to permanent residency for skilled workers in agricultural and food industries, ensuring a steady workforce and bolstering the country’s food supply system. The program not only benefits workers but also supports their families by offering opportunities for open work permits. By focusing on key industries like meat processing, mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, and livestock raising, this pilot program complements other Canadian immigration programs and contributes to the overall growth of the economy.