Canada Agri-Food Pilot Program (AFPP)

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What is the Agri-Food Pilot Program?

The new Agri-food Immigration Pilot debuted in March 2020 and is open until May 2023. The purpose of this program is to help employers fill ongoing labour shortages in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries. This is a pathway for applicants who are experienced retail butchers, industrial butchers, food processing workers, harvest workers, farm workers, and farm supervisors and livestock workers to become Permanent Residents in Canada.

What are its requirements?

The general requirements for the Agri-Food Pilot Program are as follows:

  • Work Experience: Minimum 12 months of full-time non-seasonal Canadian work experience in one of the eligible occupations below
  • Language: Minimum CLB 4 in English/French from an approved language test
  • Education: Canadian secondary (high school) diploma, or a foreign equivalent or higher Job offer: Must be full-time non-seasonal work at or above the prevailing wage (outside Quebec)
  • Proof of Funds: Have enough money to support yourself and your family dependents, more information can be found here.
ELIGIBLE INDUSTRIES ELIGIBLE OCCUPATIONS
Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  • NOC B 6331 – Retail butchers
  • NOC C 9462 – Industrial butchers
  • NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC D 9617 – Food processing labourers
Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  • NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC C 8431 – General farm workers
  • NOC D 8611 – Harvesting labourers

Animal production, excluding aquaculture

  • cattle ranching and farming (NAICS 1121)
  • hog and pig farming (NAICS 1122)
  • poultry and egg production (NAICS 1123)
  • sheep and goat farming (NAICS 1124)
  • other animal production (NAICS 1129)
  • NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC C 8431 – General farm workers

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